An employer who is classed as a Section 7(1) Direction Employer is typically a government department or hospital within a government department or facility, such as a prison hospital.

Employees working within these departments are eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme, regardless of whether or not they have paid into the Scheme with any other NHS employer in the past. They should be automatically opted into the Scheme on beginning their employment.

If you are a Section 7(1) Direction Employer, you should notify NHS Pensions of any staff who join or leave the Scheme by completing the SS10 Joiner form or the SD502 Opt Out form, respectively.

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

More information on Direction employers is available on our website.