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National Health Service Pension Scheme (NHSPS)


Who can join the NHS Pension Scheme?

Membership of the National Health Service Pension Scheme (NHSPS) is open to University employees who:

  • Are in a Clinical or Research post e.g. Honorary NHS position, Clinician or Clinical research
  • Who have contributed to the NHSPS within 12 months of commencing an eligible post with the University of Cambridge


What sort of Scheme is the NHSPS?

The National Health Service Pension Scheme is a defined-benefit, Occupational pension scheme. Broadly similar to the Universities Supearannuation Scheme (USS) in so far as pension entitlement is based on benefit accrual rate, membership and pay, there are different sections of the scheme with different benefit structures.


Where can I find Scheme information?

For all scheme queries, please visit the NHS Pensions website

Alternatively, please contact Pensions Administration Section (01223 332214) or e-mail if you have any specific questions about your NHSPS membership relating to your post. If you wish to continue paying NHS Pension contributions whilst in employment with the University of Cambridge an Application Form will be required within the three months of your starting date.


Is the NHSPS administered by the University?

No, the University only acts as a Participating Employer - as in certain Clinical and Research roles within the University are eligible for membership of the NHSPS, therefore the University is duty-bound to offer scheme membership to eligible individuals. However, the scheme itself is administered centrally from:

NHS Pensions

PO Box 2269



Member Helpline 0300 3301 346 or direct message on Twitter by following us @nhs_pensions

Please note that eligible members of the NHS Pensions Scheme are able to continue to contribute to that scheme during their employment with the University of Cambridge under a “direction” from the NHS Pensions Agency, provided they are in a clinical post with the University and provided there is no more than a year’s gap in contributions to that Scheme.  However, you should note that employees of “Directions” employers are not covered under the NHS Injury Benefits scheme.

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