Seniority payments are being phased out and the scheme will end completely on 31 March 2020. Any new applications for seniority ceased as of the 1st April 2014. Only GP Partners who previously qualified remain in receipt of these payments, which are subject to an annual reduction.
The payments are calculated on a doctors NHS Reckonable Service, and are included on the practice's quarter end payment in June, September, December and March.
The doctors annual estimated income is used to calculate whether they qualify for payments in full, whether they get these payments abated by 60% or if they don’t qualify for payments at all.
If PCSE does not receive an updated Estimate of Profit Pay/Contributions for all GP Partners, seniority payment may be affected. If a doctor has drawn their pension an estimate must still be provided for seniority purposes only.