24-Hour Retirement Advice
The process of 24-hour retirement from your NHS contract can be complex and time-consuming. Thankfully, the specialist solicitors at Goodman Grant are on hand to help things go as smoothly as possible. We have been providing legal services that are uniquely tailored to the needs of dental practitioners for over two decades. While other firms offer this as part of a broader range of services, our lawyers are entirely focused on providing legal support to dentists. We aim to ensure that, whatever your reasons for instructing us, matters are dealt with as simply, quickly and straightforwardly as possible.
What is 24-hour retirement?
24-hour retirement enables dentists who are signed up to the NHS Pension Scheme to receive their pension benefits while also returning to work. There are a host of important points that must be considered if you are planning to do this, but two rules are vital to ensuring the 24-hour retirement process can be completed:
- You must retire from your NHS contract for 24 hours
- In the first month that your NHS pension becomes payable, you must not work more than 16 hours per week
Avoiding the pitfalls of 24-hour retirement
If you are in a partnership and have another partner on your NHS contract, the process of 24-hour retirement will be more straightforward. It is essential to keep in mind, however, that there are key matters that must be taken into consideration to make sure that you can re-enter your partnership after your temporary retirement.
If you are a sole practitioner, things can be more challenging – once you notify the NHS of your plans to retire your contract will be terminated. Following a 24 hour retirement, there is no guarantee that the NHS will recommission services from your practice.
Our lawyers can provide simple, clear advice to prevent such issues arising. We have many years of experience advising clients on putting in place temporary arrangements to protect their NHS contract. This can be done by entering into a temporary partnership with another registered dentist, putting your contract into the name of the partnership. We can assist by advising on all legal matters relating to a new partnership, including putting in place a robust Partnership Agreement and dealing with CQC registration issues.
How long does it take to complete the 24-hour retirement process?
This process can be a long one, unfortunately. However, our solicitors can guide you through each stage and provide you with regular updates throughout. We will work closely with you to ensure your compliance with your NHS contract, the NHS's dental contract guidance and requirements set out by the CQC and Department of Health. Our lawyers will prepare notices for NHS England on your behalf and advise on their submission so that you can focus on running your practice.