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Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Voluntary Retirement and Re-Employment

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde values diversity and recognises the significant experience and knowledge that our staff with long service contribute to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The Board works within a changing demography and as the population grows older, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s employment practices need to adapt to reflect the increasing age of our workforce and provide staff with flexibility in managing their financial future by creating options to work post retirement.

Therefore, the following guidance is aimed at all staff who decide to retire but expresses a desire to return to work on a part or full time basis. This guidance provides information on how this may be applied fairly and consistently.

Guidance on Voluntary Retirement and Re-Employment 

It is important to note, there is no automatic right for an employee to return to work following retirement. Any decision to return as a result of a service requirement and in line with this guidance requires the agreement of the relevant senior manager and considered on a case by case basis. 

In the first instance please discuss the options with your line manager and you may also wish to contact SPPA on 01896 893000 (if a member) to establish and understand impact on pension benefits and obtain an Application Form.

If you would like like to discuss any part of the guidance in more detail, please contact the HR Support and Advice Enquiry Team on 0141 278 2700 option 2. 


The UK Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the 2020 Act”) temporarily suspends a number of provisions in the NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) (NHSPS[S]) relating to abatement for staff who retire and become re-employed in the NHS, including:

  • the ‘16-hour rule’, which prevents members who return to work after retirement from the 1995 scheme from working more than 16 hours per week in the first calendar month after retirement;
  • abatement for special class status holders in the 1995 Scheme; and,
  • draw down abatement in the 2008 Section and 2015 Scheme

 The Act will expire on 25 March 2022, the temporary suspensions will end and the regulations around abatement will automatically come back into force.

 These suspensions have given valuable additional capacity that retired staff are currently providing to NHS Scotland as it continues to tackle the pandemic, deliver the vaccination programme and implement the Covid recovery plan. As occupational pensions policy is reserved to the UK government, any changes to extend the suspension of abatement provisions requires the consent of HM Treasury (HMT).

 The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 6 January 2022 to convey the importance of extending the suspended provisions and to urge HMT to provide their consent, and we can confirm that HMT have agreed to extend the suspension of pension abatement until 31 October 2022.

 The extension of these provisions will be achieved via temporary changes to the NHSPS(S) regulations, rather than through an extension to the 2020 Act.

 SPPA officials will shortly issue a circular to all employers and staff confirming that the abatement regulations will remain suspended until 31 October 2022 and will introduce time limited changes to the statutory scheme rules via an amending regulations.

 The regulations will be introduced on 1st April 2022 but will have retrospective effect to 25 March 2022 to ensure a seamless continuation of the suspensions.

Last Updated: 17 February 2022