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Extended hours pay

Q: Can you advise on payment for the surgery sessions we do outside normal NHS hours? We get an enhanced service payment for providing two surgeries after 6.30pm. Only two of the partners are prepared to do these surgeries and we feel it is reasonable for them to be paid. The money would be paid to their private companies. Is there any problem with doing that?

A: If not all the partners are doing the extended hours sessions then it would be fair that this income is paid to the partners that actually do the work. If the partners have limited companies, they could invoice the practice for these sessions and the money could be paid to the company.

However, if the income is paid to the company, the partners would not be able to base contributions to their NHS pensions on it.

Alternatively these additional sessions could be prior-allocated in the accounts to the relevant partners and then this income could be pensioned as part of the two partners' pensionable profits.


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