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Document If I have a break in service, can I keep my Special Class status?

Yes, as long as your break in pensionable employment is not five years or more you can retain your Special Class status.

If you have a break of five years or more in your NHS pensionable employment you will lose the right to Special Class status.

A break in pensionable employment is not the same as a break in Special Class status. For example, you could have had a break in a special class role for more than five years, but as long as you have not had a break in NHS pensionable employment then Special Class can still be retained if you move back into role which attracts Special Class status.

For more information please see the Special Class Factsheet on our website.
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