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NHS Pensions

Planning for retirement following a career in the NHS can be like forecasting the weather, unpredictable and constantly changing, and recent changes to the NHS Pension Scheme have resulted in significant tax implications for members.

Our team of medical accountants work closely with specialist medical IFAs when appropriate to ensure you get the best advice for your particular circumstances and will explain the options, allowing you to make an informed decision about the way forward.

How we can help:

  • Check the accuracy of your membership history and details on your annual pensions savings statement
  • Establish your current position and assess your exposure to a pension tax charge
  • Review any Lifetime Allowances protections to ensure they are still valid and advise on current protections  and how to apply for them
  • Predict the Lifetime Allowance at your planned date of retirement
  • Forecast the Annual Allowance  for each tax year
  • Forecast the Annual Allowance as part of a long term planning strategy
  • Planning for retirement (incorporating predicting the optimum time to take 24 hour retirement)
  • Full financial review alongside a specialist medical IFA
  • Discuss and explore alternative options to the NHS Pension Scheme if appropriate and subject to your personal circumstances

We act for over 400 medical practitioners in the NHS Pension Scheme, so if you are confused, need advice or have any concerns regarding your NHS Pension contact us, we would be happy to have an initial discussion over the telephone as a first step to helping you. 

Our Maidstone and Northampton offices are members of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA).

 


Useful links

NHS Pensions - Scheme Pays Election guidance notes

NHS Business Services Authority – NHS Pensions

NHS Business Services Authority – NHS Pensions Members Hub


"This proves as a salutary lesson to any GPs not using a medical accountant, I am glad that I came to you when I did"

Dr M, GP in Kent

Meet the team

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Elaine Olson-Williams

Partner

Elaine gets most satisfaction from working closely with her clients, gaining a real understanding of them and their businesses before helping them move towards their goals. She's rightly proud of a reputation based on her reliability and professionalism, which wins the respect of her colleagues and many recommendations. She is always on the look-out for new projects. She is keen on all sports and is an avid skier.

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Anthony Brand

Partner

Anthony joined MHA in 2018 following the merger of Haines Watts Kent. He has been practising in Kent since 1986 and has a breadth of experience in both the healthcare and owner-managed business sectors.

He focuses on regular hands-on advice to clients to help them set and meet their objectives by identifying opportunities and potential problems.

Golf, gardening, walking and cycling are all interests – just not enough of the time!

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Duncan Cochrane-Dyet

Partner

Duncan is a specialist Audit and Assurance partner, and the managing partner for Kent region. He is also Head of Healthcare for the firm. He joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2014 as part of the firm’s regional and sector growth strategy. He was previously a Director at EY, with more than 15 years with both EY and PwC in London, where he worked with clients ranging from international listed groups to national and local owner-managed enterprises. This period included a 3 year secondment to PwC’s Business Restructuring group, working on substantial (often cross-border) financial and operational restructurings such as the NHS’s National Implementation Team. Before training as an accountant, he was an officer in the British Army.

Duncan works closely with his clients in understanding their objectives and operations. He brings together specialist teams to focus the experience and expertise of the wider firm to help businesses and their owners achieve their aims throughout the corporate lifecycle; from inception, through growth, and where appropriate to exit by succession, IPO or sale. As Head of Healthcare, he works in three main tiers: Primary care, Secondary care, and Private care involving sectors such as private hospitals, day care, and occupational health. Outside of work, his personal commitment in a voluntary capacity extends over 20 years in a variety of roles, and currently he is a special advisor to the UK Vasculitis Trust, and a director and chair of the Audit Committee of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust.

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Marissa Lebeau

Accounts Director

Marissa has a wealth of experience across the sectors but for many years has had many clients in farming, owners of land and trusts. She enjoys engaging with clients discussing family matters, offering guidance and support and along with her tax colleagues advising on tax structures for now and in the future.

Dealing with owner managed businesses is a firm favourite of Marissa’s, looking at family involvement, compliance, raising value and succession planning.

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