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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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David Lockitt

Manager

David joined in December 2018 following the merger of his previous firm, he has joined us as a manager and adds further expertise to our Healthcare team.

He is currently spending an increasing amount of time advising clients with moves on to cloud based software in order to help them find more time to cope with the increasing demands being placed on them by the NHS. David firmly believes that providing clients with this extra time is fundamental to keeping a balanced life.

In his spare time David is Treasurer for his local district scout group, he also spends (too much) time playing golf (currently off single figures) or out walking his dog.  Occasionally spending time with his wife and two girls.

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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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Steve Cosford

Healthcare Director

Steve has worked in the profession since 1988 and is a Healthcare Director, who leads a team specialising in servicing the accounting and business needs of general medical practitioners.

He works with GP Partnerships and GP Federation companies, along with other associated businesses including GP owned pharmacies and locum companies.

Steve has also recently been involved in the formation of a number of super partnership mergers.

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Martin Ramsey

Partner

Martin joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2017 having spent 16 years working in the assurance team of a top 5 firm and having been in the profession for 27 years.  Martin deals with a mixed portfolio of clients but has particular sector specialisms in healthcare and professional practices. 

In addition to his audit and accounting work Martin has been involved in many other areas of advice such as in the areas of client money accounting and the related regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions particularly in the professional’s space, funding, business structuring and incorporations, benchmarking and so on.

Martin’s preferred way of working is through face to face client relationships where he has the opportunity to really understand the clients business and offer support and advice based on both the personal and corporate aspirations of the client.

Outside of work Martin is married with three children who keep him busy.  He is also a keen cyclist and enjoys a day’s fly fishing when the weather is fair.

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What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions

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With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group