Questions and Answers on the Calculation
of Superannuable Profit
1. What are the changes to the calculation
Under the nGMS contract superannuation will be calculated on the
GP’s share of NHS profits as opposed to being calculated
on a proportion of GMS income.
GP’s will be required to complete a
form which shows how their NHS profits have been calculated and
this will be submitted to the NHS Pensions Agency/PCO.
2. Who will be responsible for completing
It will be the responsibility of the GP to complete and sign the
form. As with your tax return, your accountant can assist
you with its completion.
3. What additional information will
I need to give to my accountant to enable them to complete the
It will be very important that your income is clearly split between
NHS income and non-NHS income. You may need to amend your accounting
Depending on the level of your non-NHS income
you may also need to provide a more detailed analysis of non-NHS
4. What is the definition of NHS-Income?
NHS Income covers the following:-
Income paid to provide GMS/PMS services
Income paid directly from GMS/PMS providers
Employment with PCOs or other NHS bodies
Work with local authorities under collaborative arrangements with
Practice based work in educating/organising medical students,
undergraduates, vocational or postgraduate training.
5. Some of my expenses relate to non-NHS
income and NHS income, how will I calculate the split of my expenses?
If your non-NHS income is less than 10% of your total income and
less than £25,000 then your total expenses will be apportioned
using the ‘standard method’. This method calculates
the non-NHS expenses based on the percentage of non-NHS income
to total income.
If the ‘standard method’ cannot
be used then the ‘alternative method’ should be used.
This method splits the expenses between those that are wholly
attributable to non-NHS income and NHS income. There will
of course be expenses that cannot be split, and these expenses
will be apportioned using the ‘standard method’.
6. The PCO are currently deducting superannuation
contributions, how have these been calculated?
The superannuation contributions being deducted are based on an
estimate of NHS profits. Some PCOs have estimated the profits
based on the previous year’s superannuable income plus 10%,
others have asked practices to provide an estimate themselves.
The deductions are your contribution at 6% and also the
employer’s contribution at 14%.
7. What happens if my actual NHS profits
are higher than the estimate the PCO have used to calculate my
current superannuation contributions?
Once your actual superannuation has been calculated, it will be
compared to the superannuation already deducted from your statements.
If the actual superannuation is higher than the deductions
made, a balance will be payable. If lower, then the difference
will be refunded. Remember that the balance due will be
20% of your superannuable profits. (i.e. your 6% plus the employer’s
8. My accounting year-end is September,
should I change my year-end to March?
It will not be necessary for you to change your year end if your
year-end is not March. An adjustment will be made to take
account of differing year ends.
9. What should I be doing now?
You do not need to complete the form now, as it will not be issued
until next year. You may need to adjust your record keeping
so that non-NHS income and expenses can be identified by your
accountant where relevant.
10. I am a salaried GP and also do locum
work. Will these changes affect me?
No. Your superannuation will continue to be calculated as