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Scottish Public Pensions Agency

Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) administers pensions on behalf of the Scottish Government for employees of the National Health Service in Scotland as well as Teachers, the Police and Firefighters.

If you would like further information on your pension please contact SPPA directly on 01896 893 000 or alternatively their website provides extensive guidance (link above).

Recent Updates:

Scottish Public Pensions Agency - Changes to our retirement application forms February 2022

Based on feedback from you, we have made some changes to our retirement forms, modifying the NHS RET form into two separate forms, one for Practitioner members called the PRAC:RET and one for all other NHS workers called the NHS:RET.

This process will make things simpler for you, allowing a smoother process from application to calculation.


The new Practitioner retirement form should be used by any member that has held Practitioner service at any time during their career.

The PRAC:RET form has undergone cosmetic changes and the priority of the Practitioner elements have been re-ordered. Further explanations have been added regarding Practitioner terminology, to make filling in the form easier.

There are no changes to the retirement process for our Practitioner members or employers, this form simply replaces the old one.


Members who have only had their service reported as Officer service will continue to use the standard retirement form, NHS:RET

The NHS:RET form has undergone cosmetic changes including the removal of the Practitioner sections.

What you need to do

Please start using the new forms. We realise there may be members who are actively filling in the older form or have an older version saved to complete at a later date. Please continue to complete this form, we expect to see a gradual transition to the use of the new forms.

You can access the new forms here.

If you or any of your colleagues have any questions regarding this change, please contact us at and we will try our best to help.

Previous Updates:


Please take a moment to read the new NHS Pension Schemes 2019/07 Circular relating to Annual Allowance (AA) and Lifetime Allowance (LTS) tax changes

Moreover, all information regarding NHS Scotland 2015 scheme can be viewed at the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) web site 



Last Updated: 09 March 2022