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Thank you for your request for information about the following:

(1) Please provide data on the average pension awarded (after any deductions excluding income tax) in the 22/23 tax year for the following groups:

03 - Medical doctor 2 - Non-specialist 
03 - Medical doctor 3 - Specialist
03 - Medical doctor 5 - Principal Practitioner 
03 - Medical doctor 6 - Assistant Practitioner 
03 - Medical doctor 9 - GP Locum

(2) For each medical group type award starting in 22/23 please provide each decile of award i.e. 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90% - in addition to the 1% and 99% centiles

(3) In addition to the aggregated data above (i.e. all awards) please also provide the data for each sex, male and female

(4) The average age of retired members in each group (and broken down by sex)

(5) In relation to the group "specialists" the number of awards in 22/23

(a) Under £73,000

(b) Over £73,000

Your request was received on 14 August 2023 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


A copy of the information is attached. Please read the below notes to ensure correct understanding of the data. The following caveats and information apply when considering this data:

• Only benefits payable within the 2022/23 financial years (01/04/2022 – 31/03/2023) are included. Payable date does not necessarily relate to the year the pension was put into payment, but the year the benefits were payable from. Members may have additional benefits already in payment from previous financial years.

• Age has been calculated as at the payable date.

• Employment Type has been determined by capacity code combinations held within the database, which are determined by the employer when setting up a new pensionable employment. They may not correlate directly with common groupings such as ‘Consultant’, and do not reflect job titles.

o   GP and Medical Doctor categories have been further broken down as per the original FOI request.

• The pension value is based on the figure before tax, but after any commutation. It may not be the amount the member is receiving today when factoring in Pensions Increase (PI), or cessation of payments. Not all members receive a pension; these have been reflected as £0.00 annual pension.

• The lump sum value is based on the lump sum after commutation.

• All award types have been included in the data (i.e., Age, ARER, Ill Health), including Trivial Commuted pensions, which will receive £0.00 as pension in favour of a larger lump sum.


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The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and is subject to NHSBSA copyright. This information is licenced under the terms of the Open Government Licence detailed at:

Should you wish to re-use the information you must include the following statement: “NHSBSA Copyright 2023” This information is licenced under the terms of the Open Government Licence:

Failure to do so is a breach of the terms of the licence.

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Last Updated September 27, 2023, 09:38 (UTC)
Created September 8, 2023, 14:28 (UTC)