On 6th April 2011, the Default Retirement Age of 65 was abolished by the government. Therefore an employer cannot enforce retirement on an employee who is aged 65 or over.

You may retire i.e. leave working life, before the age of 65 years at a date dependent upon your set of personal circumstances. If you are wishing to exercise “early retirement” choice contact your Line Manager in the first instance for guidance you must give Payroll notice of 4 months to progress through the relevant procedures.

The Retirement Policy at the Trust outlines the arrangements for anyone planning to retire and includes flexible retirement options.

Flexible Retirement

Flexible Retirement offers you greater choice and in some cases offers the opportunity to take advantage of the Pension in addition to the remuneration you would receive from working. Further details regarding the NHS Pensions please see the Pensions section of the oneHR Gateway.

The Trust will make every reasonable attempt to accommodate requests for Flexible Retirement in a consistent, fair and equitable manner however the Trust reserves the right to refuse requests on certain grounds.

Please Note:

Under the Retire & Return Policy all Posts will be terminated

Process for Retirement Gifts

Managers should complete the Arrangement of Retirement Gift application form available in the templates section.

Employment dates/length of service to be confirmed with Payroll (Payroll do not need to receive the forms).

If eligible, the Trust will  provide either a Love2Shop or a One4all gift card that can be used in many different outlets.  Managers are required to submit the application form to the general accounts office and the gift card will be available to collect from there within 10 working days of the completed application form being received.

It is also the managers responsibility to complete the retirement letter.