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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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C2.—(1) In these Regulations, for the purpose of calculating the amount of any benefit payable to or in respect of a member, “pensionable service” means, subject to paragraphs (2) and (3)—

(a)any period of pensionable employment in respect of which the member contributes to this Section of the scheme under regulation D1 (contributions by members);

(b)any period of contributing service that was so reckonable under the 1995 Regulations;

(c)any period of contributing service that is reckonable under regulation 3 of the National Health Service (Superannuation) (War Service, etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 1977(1) (reckoning war service as contributing service under the principal regulations);

(d)any period of additional service which the member has purchased under regulation Q1; and

(e)any period of pensionable service credited to the member under regulation N1(5) (member’s right to transfer accrued rights to benefits to this Section of the scheme) or as a result of transfer payment to this Section of the scheme under regulation R7(2) (former members of health service schemes).

(2) A member’s pensionable service does not include—

(a)any period of employment in respect of which the Scottish Ministers have paid contributions to another occupational pension scheme in respect of the member;

(b)in the case of a member who has become entitled to a pension (including a preserved pension) under this Section of the scheme, any period that was taken into account for the purpose of determining whether that member was entitled to that pension, or for the purpose of calculating the amount of that pension;

(c)any period of employment in respect of a temporary additional session;

(d)any period of employment where contributions under regulation D1 have ceased;

(e)any period in respect of which the Scottish Ministers have discharged their liability to provide benefits under regulation E15 (early leavers’ entitlement to refund of contributions), Part M (transfer-out arrangements and buy-outs) and regulation K7 (state scheme premiums); and

(f)in the case of practice staff any employment or portion of their employment which does not relate to the provision of services under a GMS contract, a section 17C agreement, an HBPMS contract or to the provision of OOH services.

(g)in the case of a member who is not a special class officer, any period of pensionable service in excess of 40 years that relates to a period before—

(i)the member’s 60th birthday; and

(ii)1st April 2008.

(3) Pensionable service in respect of part-time employment will be calculated as described in regulation C4 (pensionable service in respect of part-time employment).

(4) Subject to paragraph (2), the benefits described in these Regulations will be calculated by reference to a maximum of—

(a)45 years’ pensionable service in the case of a member who is not a special class officer; and

(b)45 years’ pensionable service (of which only 40 years may relate to the period before the member reaches age 55) in the case of a member who is a special class officer,

and if the member’s pensionable service exceeds these limits, the amount of the excess will be ignored.

(5) Where the member has pensionable service in excess of the limits described in paragraph (3), the Scottish Ministers are to select those years, by reference to which the benefits are to be calculated, which produce the most favourable result to the member.

(6) If, when a member leaves pensionable employment or dies, a payment is made in respect of leave not taken—

(a)the member’s pensionable employment will be treated, subject to paragraph (4), as continuing for a period equal to the period of leave for which payment is made; and

(b)the payment will be treated as the member’s pensionable pay for that period.

(7) In order to calculate the length of a member’s pensionable service, all periods of pensionable service will be added and each resulting period of 365 days (without regard to pensionable service on 29th February in a leap year) will be treated as one year.

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