NHS pay deal: about your pension

 Josie Irwin 13 Apr 2018

RCN lead negotiator Josie Irwin explains how the pay deal will affect your NHS pension.

Since the new pay deal for NHS staff in England was announced, we’ve received a number of questions about the impact on pensions.
In short, your basic pay will increase and, as a result, your pensionable pay will do too.
If you have a final salary arrangement and are near retirement, the deal will increase the final pensionable pay that is used to calculate your pension.
If you’re part of the CARE scheme, the value of your pension will increase for each year of the deal.
Don’t forget, if you have deferred benefits in the final salary arrangement, it will be your final salary at (or near) retirement that will be used to uplift the value of that pension. So, any rise now in final pensionable pay will uplift the benefits you have protected in the 1995 or 2008 schemes.
The RCN Trade Union Committee is recommending that members in England accept the deal when the consultation opens on 23 April.
If the new deal affects you, it’s vital you have your say.
Visit our website to find out how to take part.

Josie Irwin

Josie Irwin

RCN Associate Director of Employment Relations


Josie is the RCN’s chief negotiator. Her role includes providing leadership on pay and reward for nurses and health care assistants and direction on employment issues, including workforce planning, the working environment, health and safety and diversity.

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