New Retirement Course for Countess of Chester Hospital Staff

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a Retirement course, the first of which will be on Monday 28th September 2015.

The course is being held in the Education and Training Centre, Countess of Chester Health Park commencing at 9am and will finish at approximately 4.30pm. Lunch will not be provided but there is a café within the Centre that sells drinks and snacks.

The course will include the following:-
• An overview of NHS Pension Scheme
• Benefits provided by the State
• Managing change such as Psychological changes, New Interests and Hobbies
• Wills and Trusts
• Income and Growth

Are you thinking of retiring from the Trust?
Is this something you would be interested in?

Places are limited so staff wishing to attend should contact HR and Wellbeing Business Services by 1st September 2015 on 01244 365422 or coc-tr.cochhrpensions@nhs.net. Please leave your name, contact email address or telephone number. HR & Wellbeing Business Services will contact you by Friday 11th September 2015 to confirm your place on the course.

Option to Opt Out of Pension Protection – 2008 Scheme

Option to Opt out of Pension Protection – 2008 Scheme members only

The NHS Pension Scheme option to give up protection exercise is scheduled to take place from June 2015. The option to give up protection exercise will give members of the 2008 section of the NHS Pension Scheme, with full or tapered protection, a one-off opportunity to move to the 2015 Scheme from 1 April 2015. This is because, for some members, the higher accrual rate in the 2015 Scheme could deliver a bigger pension at retirement than the 2008 section.

NHS Pensions will send letters to the home addresses of eligible members from June 2015. Members will then have 3 months to make their decision.

Members should consider whether it will be beneficial for them to move to the 2015 Scheme from 1 April 2015. There will be a range of resources available on the NHS Pensions website to support members to make their decision including an example and a comparison tool. Members will need to consider their own personal circumstances, career and retirement planning.
You can find out more about protection arrangements on the www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

The Option to Give Up Protection web page and comparison tool is now live at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Pensions/5043.aspx

Employee Self Service User Guides

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All Managers/Supervisors/Self Service Users

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Manager/Supervisor Self Service User Guides

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust FAO

All Managers/Supervisors/Self Service Users

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Pension Choice 2 Deadline Approaching

Pension Choice 2 Deadline date is fast approaching. NHS Pensions Agency require your decision by Monday 16th March 2015. For further information on the Choice 2 exercise, please visit the following page: http://support.hrwbs.com/pensions-choice-2/

Industrial Action 29th January 2015

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

FAO All Managers/Supervisors/Self Service Users

Please click here for instruction on how to input the absence of employees taking part in the Industrial Action on 29 January 2015.

It is imperative the absence is input via self-service as soon as you are aware of the absence to allow the Trust to monitor the absences via real time reporting.

We need to provide the first reports at 0830 hrs therefore non-attenders must be input immediately.

Please familiarise yourself with the user guide at the earliest opportunity. Should you require support inputting the absence please contact the Service Development Team on x6645.

If you identify any staffing gaps that you need to fill, please call Silver Control on 6661 or email silver.controlroom@nhs.net with details. The HR Business Partner team will then coordinate volunteer staff to facilitate this.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Industrial Action – Guidance for Managers click here

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Pay Day Clinics

Below are the Pay Day Clinic dates which are hosted at Countess of Chester. These are drop in sessions (no need to book):

Countess of Chester Pay day clinics

29/01/15 – Jubilee Day Centre 12-3pm

02/03/15 – Conference Room B 12-3pm

30/03/15 – Care Seminar Room 12-3pm

29/04/15 – Conference Room A 12-3pm

29/05/15 – Conference Room A 12-3pm

29/06/15 – Boardroom 12-3pm

Industrial Action 24th November 2014

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

FAO All Managers/Supervisors/Self Service Users

Please click here for instruction on how to input the absence of employees taking part in the Industrial Action on 24 Nov 14.

It is imperative the absence is input via self-service as soon as you are aware of the absence to allow the Trust to monitor the absences via real time reporting.

First reports are due at 0900 hrs therefore non-attenders must be input immediately.

Please familiarise yourself with the user guide at the earliest opportunity. Should you require support inputting the absence please contact the Service Development Team on x6645.

If you identify any staffing gaps that you need to fill, please call Silver Control on 6661 or email coc-tr.HR-Business-Service-Development-Team@nhs.net with details. The HR Business Partner team will then coordinate volunteer staff to facilitate this.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Industrial Action – Guidance for Managers click here

HMRC Communication

Dear Colleague

We have been notified that with effect from 27th October HM Revenue and Customs have started to issue Annual Tax Summaries for the financial year 2013/14 to approximately 24 million UK tax payers at their home addresses, with the last ones being issued before Christmas. A copy of the summary is attached for information. The Annual Tax Summaries will be issued in addition to P60s and will not be a substitute for them.

However, HM Revenue and Customs have also written regarding incorrect P800 Tax Calculations which have been issued to some staff. They have provided the following statement:

Background

HM Revenue and Customs  are aware that a number of employees recently received an incorrect form 2013-14 P800 Tax Calculation which was issued from mid-September onwards during their 2013-14 End of Year reconciliation.

The 2013-14, P800 shows an incorrect overpayment or underpayment where the pay and tax shown on the P800 is not correct and does not match that shown on the member of staffs  2013-14, P60.

 Next Steps

HM Revenue and Customs are very sorry that some customers will receive an incorrect 2013-14 P800 tax calculation.

They are urgently investigating these cases and will look to resolve the matter and issue a revised P800 to the employee in the next 6-8 weeks.

 If you think your P800 is incorrect, HM Revenue and Customs have advised:

·         Not to repay any underpayment shown on the P800

·         Not to cash any payable order they may have received

·         Employees will not be affected by the incorrect tax code as we will issue a revised P800 before Annual Coding.

Should you wish to contact HM Revenue and Customs to discuss a P800 tax calculation you have received, please contact the HM Revenue and Customs  employees telephone helpline, which is 0300 200 3300.

This helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm Saturday but closed Sundays and bank holidays.

HM Revenue and Customs website confirms the best time to call is before 10am Monday to Friday and they ask all callers to  have their National Insurance number when they call which can be found on your P800 letter or on the right hand side of your payslip .

We  currently do not know the scale of the issue, but many employees may be affected.

Please note the Payroll Department will not be able to offer advice with any queries relating to an incorrect P800 Tax Calculation or Annual Tax Summaries.