If you decide not to pay pension contributions during the period of authorised leave/career break the normal rules surrounding membership of the scheme and entitlement to MHO/special class status will apply. You must return to pensionable NHS employment within 5 years to be eligible to be considered for MHO/special class status on your return.

If you continue to contribute to the scheme during the authorised leave/ career break, MHO/special class status will be retained for the pensionable period. (i.e. for up to two years). It would be expected that you would return to an MHO/special class job on your return.

Should your remain on a career break for longer than 2 years the normal rules surrounding entitlement to MHO/special class status will then apply on your return to NHS pensionable employment.