In the event of your death, the NHS Pension Scheme may provide for your family or a person you have nominated.
You can nominate someone to receive a lump sum on death benefit if you die using the lump sum on death benefit nomination forms.
If you have a partner, but are not married or in a civil partnership, you may also be able to nominate them to receive an adult dependant’s pension using a separate form.
You can also cancel or change a previous nomination.
Lump sum on death benefit nomination forms
There are different lump sum on death benefit nomination forms depending on what type of member you are.
Read the guidance attached to each form before completing it and sending it to us to make sure you are completing the correct form.
If your scheme membership ended before 1 April 2008, or you are a Pension Credit member and your Pension Sharing Order (PSO) was implemented before 1 April 2000, you should complete:Lump sum on death benefit (DB1) (PDF: 213KB)
A pension credit member is a person that became a member of the NHS Pension Scheme through a Pension Sharing Order (PSO) that provides them with a share of their former spouse or civil partner's pension benefits in the Scheme.
If you are a Pension Credit member, and your Pension Sharing Order (PSO) was implemented after 1 April 2000, you should complete:
If you are a Scheme member in your own right, as well as a Pension Credit member, you will need to complete both the DB2 and DB2PC forms if you wish to nominate someone for both pensions. If you only submit one form, we will treat your nomination as only covering your pension or pension sharing order as appropriate. You can find more information on Ask Us.
Adult dependant’s pension forms
To nominate a partner to receive an adult dependant’s pension after your death:Partner nomination form (PN1) (PDF: 239KB)
Do not complete this if you:
- are married
- in a civil partnership
- if your membership ended before 1 April 2008
- are a Pension Credit member only
You should only complete the form if your scheme membership started on or after 1 April 2008 or continued after 31 March 2008.
Amending an existing nomination
If you wish to amend an existing nomination you must submit a new nomination form.
Any previous nomination will be replaced with your new instructions.
You should use the correct nomination form for your circumstances.
Cancel an existing nomination
Only complete this form if your scheme membership started on or after 1 April 2008 or continued after 31 March 2008.
Do not complete this form if you wish to amend an existing nomination.