An employer who is a Section 7(2) Direction Employer is an organisation that supports the NHS by providing health services that are not normally available within the NHS. These organisations can seek a 'Direction' from the Secretary of State to allow their employees to be included in the NHS Pension Scheme.

Typically, a Direction of this kind is only given to voluntary sector / not-for-profit organisations. The aim is to facilitate the movement of NHS staff to non-public sector health service employment, whilst retaining membership of the Scheme.

Examples of this type of employer are:

  • hospices
  • care in the community services
  • university medical schools
  • institutes involved in research

Section 7 refers to a section of the Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1967.

More information on Direction employers is available on our website.