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Document How far in advance can I submit my AW8 or AW8P application form?

If you have completed an AW8 application form, this should be submitted by your employer to NHS Pensions approximately 3 months before your intended retirement date. It can be submitted by your employer no more than 105 days before your intended retirement date.

If you have completed an AW8P application form, this should be submitted to NHS Pensions directly approximately 3 months before your intended retirement date.

If NHS Pensions receives your completed application form at least 3 months prior to retirement, we aim to pay your lump sum (if applicable) on the day following retirement. Your pension will be paid one calendar month after your retirement date. We will notify you of the benefits you will receive and when they will be paid.

Although the above applies, the statutory target for NHS Pensions to be paid is within one month of your payable date (This includes your lump sum) and any arrears will always be payable from your chosen retirement date.

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