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For most people the form you will complete depends on if you are still in NHS employment when you come to claim your NHS Pension.

If you are still in NHS employment you should contact your employer for a Retirement benefits claim form (AW8) which they can get from the Employer Hub. This includes if you opted out of the scheme, achieved maximum membership or maximum pensionable age but remained in NHS employment.

If you are no longer in NHS employment you should complete a Deferred benefits claim form (AW8P) which you can get from the Member Hub.

There are some exceptions to the above, please check below to see if these will affect the claim form you need to complete.

If you are still in NHS employment you should complete a Deferred benefits claim form (AW8P) if you:

  • opted out of the scheme over 5 years ago
  • have membership in the 1995 and 2008 Sections and are claiming your 1995 Section benefits only. This includes those who also have membership in the 2015 Scheme.
  • have membership in the 1995 Section and 2015 Scheme but had a break in pensionable employment of more than 5 years between leaving the 1995 Section and joining the 2015 Scheme and are claiming your 1995 Section benefits only.
  • have membership in the 2008 Section and 2015 Scheme but had a break in pensionable employment of more than 5 years between leaving the 2008 Section and joining the 2015 Scheme and are claiming your 2008 Section benefits only. This includes those who also have membership in the 1995 Section.
  • are in receipt of Special Class benefits but chose to defer your pre 17 May 1990 membership and now want to claim them.

 

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