We will soon be introducing new ways for Practices and GPs to manage their payments and pensions administration. In this bulletin we’d like to update you on what is happening and when.
What is happening?
A new online GP Payments and Pensions (GPPP) service from PCSE is set to launch on 1 June this year. With this new service, Practices and GPs working in General Practice will be able to access to a range of new services to help manage their payments and pensions administration.
What is changing for GPs?
From 1 June, any GP who is a member of the NHS Pensions Scheme as a GP Partner, Salaried GP or Locum GP will be able to access an improved service from PCSE to administer their pension account.
This new service will improve the overall administration of their NHS pension by:
- Making it easier to submit End of Year pensions certificates and Self-Assessment forms: by submitting online GPs can be sure all mandatory fields have been completed. The forms will also link in with other information to make it easier to check and complete, such as Pensions Scheme number, National Insurance number, Practice details and previous estimates of earnings.
- More transparency on the information held: when it is time to submit End of Year annual certificates or self-assessment forms, GPs can quickly see if there are any missing records from the last 7 years. Missing certificates prevent a GP’s Annual Benefits Statement from being updated. With the new service they can easily submit these using the PCSE Online service to address this.
- Streamline monthly locum pensions administration: by submitting Locum A forms online, Locum GPs will benefit from having practice approvals managed electronically. No more signatures required, just a simple click to approve.
Please note, this service only covers employment with NHS England & Improvement in General Practice. It does not include for instance NHS Trust employment. For a full NHS Pensions overview, including full Total Reward Statement, members need to contact the NHS Business Services Authority directly.
What is changing for GP practices?
With the new PCSE online service, Practices will find it easier to submit pension information such as an Estimate of GP and Non GP Provider NHS Pensionable Profits. Practices can also provide updates on salary changes in real-time to ensure the correct pensions contributions are being deducted. This will help to avoid large adjustments being needed at the end of the financial year. Approving Locum A forms and other pensions administration work will also be made easier with the new PCSE Online functionality.
The new Payments service will allow Practices to easily submit payment claims, such as for premises or Locum cover, online. The online service will provide online validation tools, checks for any missing information and the ability to easily track where claims are in the process.
Monthly Practice Statements will also be moving to PCSE Online from 1 June. These are currently accessed via Open Exeter but, from the launch date of the GPPP service, these will only be available by accessing your PCSE Online account.
How do users access these new services?
To access this functionality you need to have a verified PCSE Online account.
PCSE is writing to all GP Practices this week to ensure we have the correct details on file for the right contact (or contacts) who will control the access within their practice to GP Payments & Pensions (GPPP) services. Once the service is live, these User Admins will then be able to log in to PCSE Online and assign the roles to their practice staff.
Most GPs already have PCSE Online accounts set up as these were granted when the Performers List service was launched in 2019. If they don’t have an account, or have yet to verify their existing account, then we would advise that they contact our User Registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If a user already has an account but has just forgotten their log in details then they can simply go to the main PCSE Online log in page, enter their email address and select ‘Forgot password’. This will take them through the steps to quickly set up a new password.
What happens next?
We will be updating our website with further information on the new services and how to use them in the coming weeks. We will also be published a range of interactive user guides and videos to help you see how to use the new systems.