Members of staff can request flexible retirement in accordance with the Rules of the pension scheme to which they belong. 


  • An outline of the USS rules on flexible retirement can be found on the USS website.
  • Information for multiple appointment members can be found in the Flexible Retirement factsheet available from the USS website.

OSPS defined benefit section

  • The formal OSPS Rules permit flexible retirement in accordance with this policy. 

OSPS defined contribution section

  • Flexible retirement applies differently to the DC section: please contact the Pensions team for advice.

Other pension schemes

  • Other pension schemes, including the NHSPS, offer flexible retirement.  Members should seek information from the scheme administrator or the Pensions Office.
  • An outline of the NHSPS flexible retirement options can be found on the NHS website.