Access Scheme?

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Access Scheme?

Postby Psyduck » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:40 pm

I've recently been offered a training place, which I'm naturally over the moon about! So now I turn to thinking about the logistics of beginning a course, possibly relocating and losing my inner London weighting. I read something in the Alternative Handbook about an Access Scheme which means that those on NHS-funded training courses don't pay (as much) tax? I wonder if anyone can shed any further light on this? Whether it still exists; whether you have to actively opt in; whether it's available across all courses or just some? Also, how does this affect your NHS pension? Can I continue paying in or will this be temporarily suspended?

(All these questions...!!)
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Re: Access Scheme?

Postby Alex » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:39 pm

Psyduck wrote:I've recently been offered a training place, which I'm naturally over the moon about! So now I turn to thinking about the logistics of beginning a course, possibly relocating and losing my inner London weighting. I read something in the Alternative Handbook about an Access Scheme which means that those on NHS-funded training courses don't pay (as much) tax? I wonder if anyone can shed any further light on this? Whether it still exists; whether you have to actively opt in; whether it's available across all courses or just some? Also, how does this affect your NHS pension? Can I continue paying in or will this be temporarily suspended?

(All these questions...!!)


I think they have stopped this now. You are probably referring to Widening Access Training Scheme.
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Re: Access Scheme?

Postby sweetpea » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:06 pm

Aye, it’s stopped. My training cohort were forwarded an email back before Christmas confirming that TCPs aren’t eligible.
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Re: Access Scheme?

Postby Psyduck » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:20 pm

Oh well! One less piece of admin to worry about, I guess!

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Re: Access Scheme?

Postby persephone56 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:46 pm

sweetpea wrote:Aye, it’s stopped. My training cohort were forwarded an email back before Christmas confirming that TCPs aren’t eligible.


They've backtracked again, according to the latest, but only for people who starting training prior to February 2017. And it's still all up in the air, so it might never be resolved!
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