The amount of membership you have accrued in the NHS Pension Scheme will help define your level of benefits. Here is a useful reminder of how this works.
Officer membership is accrued by any doctor working in a hospital or a General Practice and covers all doctors apart from General Medical Practitioners.
Each complete day that a doctor works is recorded to determine their level of membership. For example:
John has worked whole time as a hospital doctor during the following periods:
23/05/1985 - 15/07/1999 WT = 14 years 53 days
10/03/2000 - 12/04/2007 WT = 7 years 33 days
John would therefore have achieved a total of 21 years 86 days pensionable officer membership.
This is membership accrued by General Medical Practitioners.They can be employed as a Principal, Assistant or Locum.
There is an important difference though. Although calendar length years and days are counted towards the qualifying membership required for determining eligibility to scheme benefits - ACTUAL pension benefits are calculated by taking an average of career earnings.
Therefore whether a GP is whole or part-time is irrelevant and details of hours worked is likewise not required.
For the purpose of pension benefits, if a doctor's contract of employment is on a whole time basis, then their full calendar length employment will count towards qualifying membership. Disallowed days like strike days or no pay sick days are non-pensionable though.
A member's whole time equivalent membership for pension benefit purposes is:
Hours/Sessions Worked/Standard Hours/Sessions x 7 = Whole time equivalent membership
You can only accrue membership up to the standard whole time hours (i.e if you have more than one part time job) and therefore anything above is non-pensionable.