The views of both staff and employers helped shape the final agreement, which is the result of two years of partnership working. The arrangements aim to encourage a proactive approach to managing long term sickness absence and keeping staff in work.
The arrangements for ill health retirement benefits form part of the overall main pension agreement and are covered by the Scheme’s governance arrangements. An enabling agreement identifying minimum standards for managing sickness absence has also been agreed and this sits within the NHS terms and conditions handbook.
The arrangements were implemented from 1 April 2008 alongside changes to the NHS Pension Scheme.
Full details of the arrangements are available in the Partnership review of ill health retirement, injury benefit and sickness absence in the NHS: Final agreement. A briefing for employers, Ill health retirement and sickness absence management: new arrangements for the NHS, is also available.
NHS Business Services Authority Pensions Division is the Scheme administrator and is responsible for implementing the changes. They have published comprehensive information about the Scheme changes and how to administer them, to guide employers through the process.
Other information to support the review includes: