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The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (2008 Section) (Scotland) Regulations 2013

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Early retirement on ill health: deferred members
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3.D.9.—(1) A deferred member who has not reached age 65 is entitled to immediate payment of a pension that is payable for life if—

(a)in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers the member suffers from physical or mental infirmity as a result of which the member is permanently incapable of engaging in regular employment of like duration; and

(b)the member has left that employment and claimed the pension.

(2) A deferred member who is in NHS employment and has not reached age 65 is entitled to immediate payment of a pension that is payable for life if—

(a)in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers the member—

(i)does not fall within paragraph (1)(a); and

(ii)suffers from physical or mental infirmity as a result of which the member is permanently incapable of discharging the duties of the member’s employment efficiently; and

(b)the member has claimed the pension.

(3) The amount of the annual pension payable under this regulation (disregarding any additional pension) is calculated as specified in regulation 3.D.1(4) (normal retirement pensions).

(4) For the purposes of determining whether a member is permanently incapable of discharging the duties of the member’s employment efficiently under paragraph (2)(a)(ii), the Scottish Ministers must have regard to the factors in paragraph (6) (no one of which is decisive) and disregard the member’s personal preference for or against engaging in that employment.

(5) For the purposes of determining whether a member is permanently incapable of engaging in regular employment of like duration under paragraph (1)(a), the Scottish Ministers must have regard to the factors in paragraph (7) (no one of which is decisive) and disregard the factors in paragraph (8).

(6) The factors to be taken into account for paragraph (4) are—

(a)whether the member has received appropriate medical treatment in respect of the incapacity;

(b)the member’s—

(i)mental capacity; and

(ii)physical capacity;

(c)such type and period of rehabilitation which it would be reasonable for the member to undergo in respect of the member’s incapacity, irrespective of whether such rehabilitation is undergone; and

(d)any other matter which the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate.

(7) The factors to be taken into account for paragraph (5) are—

(a)whether the member has received appropriate medical treatment in respect of the incapacity;

(b)such reasonable employment as the member would be capable of engaging in if due regard is given to the member’s—

(i)mental capacity;

(ii)physical capacity;

(iii)previous training; and

(iv)previous practical, professional and vocational experience,

irrespective of whether or not such employment is actually available to the member;

(c)such type and period of rehabilitation which it would be reasonable for the member to undergo in respect of the member’s incapacity (irrespective of whether such rehabilitation is undergone) having due regard to the member’s—

(i)mental capacity; and

(ii)physical capacity;

(d)such type and period of training which it would be reasonable for the member to undergo in respect of the member’s incapacity (irrespective of whether such training is undergone) having due regard to the member’s—

(i)mental capacity;

(ii)physical capacity;

(iii)previous training; and

(iv)previous practical, professional and vocational experience; and

(e)any other matter which the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate.

(8) The factors to be disregarded for paragraph (5) are—

(a)the member’s personal preference for or against engaging in any particular employment; and

(b)the geographical location of the member.

(9) In this regulation—

“appropriate medical treatment” means such medical treatment as it would be normal to receive in respect of the incapacity, but does not include any treatment that the Scottish Ministers consider—

(a)

would be reasonable for the member to refuse;

(b)

would provide no benefit to restoring the member’s capacity for—

(i)

discharging the duties of the member’s employment efficiently under paragraph (2)(a)(ii); or

(ii)

engaging in regular employment of like duration under paragraph (1)(a),

before the member reaches age 65; or

(c)

would, through no fault on the part of the member, not be possible for the member to receive before the member reaches age 65;

“permanently” means the period until age 65; and

“regular employment of like duration” means such employment as the Scottish Ministers consider would involve a similar level of engagement to the member’s pensionable service as a practitioner immediately before that service ceased.

(10) In the case of a 2008 Section Optant, this regulation is subject to regulation 3.K.10.

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