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Leaving Job due to Ill Health

WelshWarrior Community member Posts: 1 Listener
I have been on long term sickness from work (Just over 12 months) and I have advised them I would like to submit an application for ill health retirement. GP supports this and my consultant has advised I'm not for work at this point.
My query is Im not awarded ill health retirement am I better resigning or being dismissed on grounds of ill health.




  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I would always advise not to resign but to go for medical dismissal if not approved for ill health retirement 

    Some companies pay compensation for medical dismissal tho it isn't a legal requirement to do so 
  • Big_Al
    Big_Al Community member Posts: 4 Connected
    Hi Matt,

    Speaking from my own experience. I worked in Forensic Mental Health Services. I applied for ill-Health retirement Feb 2022 after being off from September 2021. My Occupational Health Service (in my opinion) have stretched out the application stating the need for "conclusive" proof from Health Care Professionals that I would be unable to work even after any possible treatments.
     This is where I have found a challenge! Getting a Doctor to state 'on the record' that I could not ever work again is almost impossible.
    I will say that I have secured Employment Support Allowance (Support Group), PIP Daily living @ Enhanced + PIP Mobility enhanced, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and currently Universal Credit. (Because I no longer have a salary.
    I appreciate that, just because I have been assessed by the DWP as unable to continue working. The challenge faced by even accessing Tier One ill-health retirement appears to be far off in the distance.
    Please, don't let my experience put you off! I wish you well with whatever route you may take!
  • shay11
    shay11 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
    I'm just about to start this process and find it very daunting ....I have a sickness meeting tomorrow and already i can not cope with the stress involved and may cancel due to having no-one to go with me i no i will just break down
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    @shay11 Are you able to have the meeting via zoom or the phone? Would that be a better situation for you?
    Hannah - She / Her

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