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Document Information for GDS and PDS performers regarding Seniority payments

This is a payment that was available to any NHS dental performer who turned 55 years of age before 01 April 2011.
 
From 01 April 2011, only performers in Wales who reach the age of 55 can apply for Seniority as the Welsh Government didn't changed the entitlement. Any performer who works in both England and Wales would only get Seniority payments based on their earnings in Wales.

Any provider in Wales looking to apply for Seniority must send an application to the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) who'll enter the payment and get the Commissioner (LHB) to authorise it on Compass.
 
Contractors are only eligible for payments under the Statement of Financial Entitlement (SFE) if the payments are claimed within 3 months of the date on which they could have first fallen due.
 
The LHB may waive the eligibility criteria in any case where it considers it reasonable, in all the circumstances to do so.
  • Seniority is superannuable at 43.9%.
  • Eligibility is treated as starting the month after the month during which the performers birthday falls.

  • Compass will only backdate seniority to the start of financial year if the performer became eligible prior to that date.
  • Seniority is not paid for the birthday month.
  • The amount paid is 21.72% of the performers' monthly superannuation allocation up to a maximum of £662 per month.
A Seniority payment will cease when the performer ceases practicing, retires (includes 24 hour retirement), dies or is removed from the Performer list.

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