A three-month consultation on jointly agreed proposals to manage staff sickness and ill health retirement in the NHS is underway.
As ill health retirements are a key component of the main pension scheme, arrangements for this need to be in place by April 2008.
The injury benefits review is working to a slightly longer timescale as implementation is not constrained by any links to the main NHS Pension Scheme Review, which is set to be implemented on 1 April 2008.
There are no jointly agreed proposals to share at this stage. The review partners have agreed to undertake a separate consultation exercise once proposals for change have been jointly agreed. Further information will be made available on these pages as the review progresses.
The current injury benefit scheme
The NHS injury benefit scheme makes payments to NHS staff that become ill or are injured as a result of their work in the NHS. The scheme forms part of the terms and conditions of NHS employment and is regulated by the NHS (Injury Benefit) Regulations 1995. It is separate to the NHS Pension Scheme.
There are three main types of benefits payable from the Scheme:
- Temporary injury allowance (TIA)
- Permanent injury benefit (PIB)
- Death benefit
All applications are subject to a medical decision. Applications are received by NHS Business Services Authority Pensions Division and assessed by the scheme's medical advisers (ATOS Origin).
Almost all staff employed in the NHS are covered by the scheme from their first until their last day of employment, and they do not have to be a member of the NHS Pension Scheme. The only staff not covered are GP practice staff, GP co-operative staff, PMS staff, freelance GP and dental locums, direction employees, reservists, and staff working for a private or public limited company that provides a service to the NHS (i.e. agency staff).