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Document How is Mental Health Officer membership calculated for part time members?

When calculating membership for part time Mental Health Officer members, it is the calendar length of the membership that is used to establish the 20 year qualifying period for early retirement and doubling of years. The appropriate proportion of whole-time membership is used for calculating the member's extra pension entitlement.

For example, a member who has worked half the standard hours since becoming an MHO 1 January 1980 would have achieved the necessary 20 qualifying years on 31 December 2000. Each year of MHO membership from 1 January 2001 would be doubled and then scaled down to the relevant proportion of full time.

A member with MHO status is restricted to 40 years pensionable membership at age 55 and 45 years overall. Where a member has worked part-time the period is calculated at its actual length for the purposes of calculating pension benefits but at its calendar length when calculating whether they have achieved maximum membership.

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