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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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R3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), this regulation applies to a member who at the coming into force of the 1995 Regulations—

(a)is in pensionable employment under this Section of the scheme as a mental health officer, or

(b)has accrued rights to benefits under this Section of the scheme arising out of a previous period in which the member was engaged in such employment and at no time since the last occasion on which the member was so engaged has the member had a break in pensionable employment for any one period of 5 years or more.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), this regulation shall cease to apply if the member has a break in pensionable employment for any period of 5 years or more ending after the coming into force of the 1995 Regulations.

(3) Paragraph (2) shall be without prejudice to the operation of paragraph (5)(a) in relation to any period prior to this regulation ceasing to apply.

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2), a person shall not be treated as having had a break in pensionable employment during any period in respect of which that person is a member of a health service scheme.

(5) Subject to paragraphs (6) to (8), where this regulation applies—

(a)each complete year of the member’s pensionable service as a mental health officer in excess of 20 years will count as 2 years’ pensionable service; and

(b)where there is 20 years or more of such pensionable service the member shall be entitled to a pension under regulation E1 (normal retirement pension) on leaving NHS employment at any time after reaching age 55 but only if the member was in pensionable employment as a mental health officer immediately before leaving.

(6) For the purposes of calculating the 20 year period referred to in paragraph (5) the pensionable service as a mental health officer will be based on either—

(a)a total of 20 years’ pensionable service as a mental health officer unless it would be more favourable to the member (or, if the member has died, to the person entitled to benefits in respect of the member) to disregard this paragraph; or

(b)in the case of a member who has reached age 50, any period before the member became a mental health officer in which the member was employed on the staff of a hospital used wholly or partly for the treatment of persons suffering from mental disorder and in which the member devoted the whole or substantially the whole of the member’s time to the treatment and care of such persons unless it would be more favourable to the member (or, if the member has died, to the person entitled to benefits in respect of the member) to disregard this paragraph;

and pensionable service does not include additional service bought under regulation Q1 (right to buy additional service).

(7) If both sub-paragraphs (6)(a) and (6)(b) apply to a member the member’s pensionable service will be calculated so as to produce the more favourable result to the member or, if the member has died, to the person entitled to benefits in respect of the member.

(8) Paragraph (5) does not apply—

(a)for the purpose of calculating, under regulations E2 (early retirement pension (ill health)) or E3 (ill health pension on early retirement) and H3(4)(b), H4(2)(b) and H5(4)(b) (child allowances), the pensionable service the member could have completed if the member stayed in NHS employment until a particular age;

(b)for the purpose of calculating a minimum widow’s, widower’s, surviving civil partner’s or surviving nominated partner’s pension based on the member’s pensionable service on or after 6th April 1978 under regulation G6(2) (member marries after leaving pensionable employment) or from 6th April 1988 under regulation G7(3) (widower’s pension) or under regulation G11(4) (dependent surviving civil partner’s pension);

(c)for the purpose of calculating a member’s benefits where it would be more favourable to the member or other person entitled to the benefits not to apply that paragraph and to calculate the member’s final year’s pensionable pay when the member leaves pensionable employment, completes 45 years’ pensionable service (calculated without regard to paragraph (5)(a)), reaches age 65 or dies, whichever occurs first.

(9) Where, by virtue of paragraph (8)(c), paragraph (5) does not apply to a member’s benefits because it is more favourable to the member or other person entitled to the benefits not to apply that paragraph, the amount of any contributions that should have been paid under regulation D1 (contributions by members) but which were not deducted from the member’s earnings will be deducted from the lump sum payable on the member’s retirement or death.

(10) If a member to whom paragraph (5) applies leaves NHS employment before reaching age 55 because of redundancy but without becoming entitled to an immediate pension under regulation E6 (early retirement pension (redundancy etc.)), or regulation E7 (Redundancy etc. new starters and post-transition)) and was in pensionable service as a mental health officer immediately before leaving, regulation E12 (preserved pension) will apply as if the references to age 60 were to age 55.

(11) Subject to paragraph (13), if any member to whom this regulation applies becomes entitled to a preserved pension under regulation E12 on ceasing to be a mental health officer, the pension will be based on the greater of the member’s basic pensionable service and a period of service calculated as—

where—

“basic service” means the member’s pensionable service calculated without regard to paragraph (5);

“potential basic service” means the pensionable service the member could have completed if the member had stayed in pensionable employment until age 55, calculated without regard to paragraph (5); and

“potential service” means the pensionable service the member could have completed, taking account of paragraph (5), if the member had stayed in pensionable employment as a mental health officer until age 55.

(12) Subject to paragraph (13), if a member with at least 2 years’ qualifying service ceases to be a mental health officer while continuing in pensionable employment, the member’s pension in respect of the period before ceasing to be a mental health officer will be equal to the preserved pension to which the member would have become entitled in accordance with paragraph (11) if the member had left pensionable employment on the day the member ceased to be a mental health officer, if this would be more favourable to the member.

(13) Paragraphs (11) and (12) do not apply if the member again becomes a mental health officer within 12 months after the date on which he ceased to be a mental health officer.

(14) Subject to paragraph (15), if a member elects to pay for additional service or unreduced retirement lump sum by regular additional contributions under regulation Q5 the member may elect to make those contributions from the member’s next birthday following the date on which the member elected to buy the additional service or reduced lump sum until the member’s 55th, 60th or 65th birthday, whichever the member chooses, and that date will be the chosen date under regulation Q5(3).

(15) The period for which a member elects to pay regular additional contributions under regulation Q5 must be at least 2 years.

(16) In this regulation, “mental health officer” means—

(a)an officer working whole-time on the medical or nursing staff of a hospital used wholly or partly for the treatment of people suffering from mental disorder, who devotes all, or almost all, of the officer’s time to the treatment or care of people suffering from mental disorder;

(b)any other officer employed in such a hospital who is within a class or description of officers designated by the Scottish Ministers as mental health officers for this purpose; and

(c)a specialist, in part-time NHS employment who devotes all, or almost all, of the specialist’s time to the treatment or care of people suffering from mental disorder and who satisfies the requirements of paragraph (17).

(17) A member satisfies the requirements of this paragraph if the member holds a whole-time specialist post and either—

(a)the member receives at least 10/11ths of the pensionable pay that the member would have received for whole-time NHS employment, or

(b)the member was appointed before 1st January 1980 and retains the right, to which the member was entitled on 31st December 1979, to be paid at least 9/11ths of the pensionable pay that the member would have received for whole-time NHS employment.

(18) The Scottish Ministers may agree to treat as a mental health officer any person who would otherwise, on transferring to part-time pensionable employment, cease to be a mental health officer providing that member is engaged in work which, had it been whole-time, would have qualified that member for mental health officer status and there is no break in pensionable employment between the transfer from whole-time to part-time employment.

(19) Where a member is treated as a mental health officer under paragraph (18) each year of part-time pensionable service shall, for the purpose of determining whether the member has in excess of 20 years’ service for the purposes of paragraph (5) (but for no other purpose), be treated as if it were a year of whole-time pensionable service.

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