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Medical and dental health plans

Dental insurance

What is the benefit?

You can join the Unum Dental Insurance scheme (previously known as National Dental Plan) and select from a choice of four levels of cover: Clear 1, 2, 3 or 5. You can also take out cover for your partner and children (maximum age limits apply for children).

Irrespective of the level of cover you decide to apply for, the following benefits apply:

  • Exceptional service and prompt reimbursement
  • A choice of plans to suit you - including cover for dependants
  • Cover for children's orthodontics (age limits apply)
  • Immediate cover - claim for any necessary treatment from day one
  • Choice of any dentist - NHS or private
  • 100% NHS cover - annual limits apply
  • Pre-existing conditions covered (except mouth cancer)
  • No health checks required prior to joining
  • Worldwide cover
  • Cover for treatment required following an accident/injury (including sports injuries)

When can I join?

If you are an existing employee, you can join the scheme in January and February each year.  The 2018 joining window has now closed and will reopen in January 2019.   Check this page or the HR Twitter feed for updates. 

If you are a new employee you have 6 weeks from the start of your employment date to join the scheme. If you do not join within 6 weeks of starting employment your next opportunity will be during the renewal period, in January and February.  If you wish to join the scheme please arrange for the application form to be completed and returned to Caroline Williamson, Payroll, ext 43088.

When can I make changes to the benefit?

If you are an existing member of the dental scheme, you have an opportunity (during the joining window) to make a change or leave the scheme.  If you wish to leave the scheme, please contact Caroline Williamson, Payroll (ext. 43088).

Terms and conditions

This scheme is provided through Unum Dental.

The offer is subject to the terms and conditions set out by the provider.

The University is not responsible for the content of external web sites or information from other organisations.

Any contract or agreement to purchase goods or services is between the individual member of staff and the Dental Plan/Jardine Lloyd Thompson Benefit Solutions, not with the University. There is no liability between the University and the Supplier. 

The individual member of staff is responsible for verifying that the chosen item or service is being offered at a discount compared to prices available elsewhere.

University of Birmingham is publicising this offer to its staff, and shall not be involved in any individual transactions


Private medical insurance

What is the benefit?

All employees at the University are eligible to join the Universities and Colleges Personal Healthcare Scheme, underwritten by AXA PPP healthcare and managed by JLT Employee Benefit Solutions Ltd. The premium rates are significantly lower to University members.  

The scheme has the following benefits:

  • Offers exclusive with significantly discounted costs
  • No medical examination is required
  • Choice of four plans, including Premier and Key Plans which can be secured on a 'medical history disregarded' basis (MHD) within the first 6 weeks of joining the University or until 31 March 2017 for existing employees.  Subject to there being no ongoing treatment undertaken planned or booked within 3 months of the start date of the policy
  • Access to 'Health at Hand' - a 24 hour confidential information line providing access to nurses and counsellors for health information and support (including Care and Stress Counselling service)
  • Open to all employees, their partners and dependants (up to 25 years old if in full time education)
  • Continued cover in retirement
  • Fast track appointments

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How does it work?

If you are a new member of staff, you can join on a medical history disregarded basis (Premier and Key plans only) within your first six weeks, providing you can confirm that neither you, nor anyone else on the policy, have any ongoing claims or treatment, and have no treatment planned or booked within three months of the start date of the policy.

This scheme is provided through Jardine Lloyd Thompson Benefit Solutions Ltd

For more information or to apply

Please note that if you join this scheme, you must arrange to pay AXA PPP Healthcare direct. The payment will not be deducted from your salary.

Health cash plan 

What is the benefit?

The University of Birmingham operates a Health Scheme from BHSF Health Cash Plan and as an employee you are eligible to join. A health cash plan is not the same as private medical insurance. Policyholders can claim cash towards a wide range of everyday health costs.  Cover starts from £1.76 per week and benefits include*:

  • Up to £210 towards your dental bills
  • Up to £225 towards replacing your glasses or contact lenses
  • Up to £70 for each night you spend in hospital
  • Up to £140 for day-case surgery
  • Up to £600 towards therapies (including homeopathy consultation)

Plus many more benefits

*Based on Platinum Family cover, £10.63/week. Family Schemes cover you, your partner and any children under 18 years old.

All plans include:

  • Personal accident cover
  • 24-hour helpline for stress and other counselling, medical information and legal advice
  • All diagnostic tests and scans covered under diagnostic consultation

Also included:

GP consultation service - BHSF's GP consultation service offers access to a qualified GP and support services at a time that is convenient to you. The service includes:

Gym membership - receive corporate membership rates at over 2,500 participating gyms and fitness clubs, including Fitness First, LA Fitness and Virgin Active, plus many more.

Network benefits - Network Benefits is an online discount site providing access to hundreds of discounts and lifestyle offers. Network Benefits users can take advantage of deals and discounts on a wide range of well-known brands, that can help you to save money on the weekly grocery shop, dining out, high street retail, travel and wellbeing, plus much more.

How does it work? 

This benefit works as a net pay deduction, there is no minimum or maximum spend.

What are the tax and NI implications?

 There are no tax or NI implications with this benefit.

For further information or to apply

Find out more:

  • Visit BHSF's stand in the Staff House foyer on Wednesday 23 May 2018, 11:00 - 14:00
  • BHSF brochure (PDF - 1.70MB) - includes application form
  • Call BHSF on 0800 622552

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