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joe1977
joe1977 Community member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi all
I have autism and borderline personality disorder. I have been on the sick for 3 months only get ssp 116.00 per week but my employer has arranged me to have a 2 hr occupational health meeting via team with a third party.
inhave already submitted reports from occupational health and from the specialist mental health team who I work with me to help me manage my condition but work is insisting I use their occupational health.
The company they are using are not local about 3 hrs drive away which is why it is being conducted via teams but I have concerns about who these people are, what are they qualified in, what is there specialist field ect ect
obviously I feel work are trying to finish me on I’ll health saying I can not do my job ( which technically I can’t at the moment as I am on sick after a recent failed suicide attempt ) 
anyone any advice 

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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,242 Scope online community team
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    Heya @joe1977 sorry to hear about the new meeting with OH.  Some companies do like using their usual OH teams just so everything's the same across the board, but I understand if you've already had an assessment it can really feel like overkill. Have you spoken to anyone from ACAS as they tend to be great with the employment law side of things? 
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  • joe1977
    joe1977 Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    The issue is the company is not doing anything wrong by asking me to go to occupational health, my concern is how do I know the accessor is qualified to access or to understand my needs which mainly revolves around social interaction and triggers.
    to be blunt people who understand autism and Bpd understand but if this is not your field i may as well talk to the wall .
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 54,519 Disability Gamechanger
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    Oc health are usually good and work in your favour, might be recommendations for alterations at work to help you. Oc health referrals usually happen  when you've had time off. 
  • joe1977
    joe1977 Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    That’s the thing my company wanted me to see occi health with 0 time off . I have since gone off with stress because it feels like the company was trying to find a reason to get rid of me. 
    They used the term we think you are struggling even though my kpi was at 99.8 % but they knew something like this would set me off 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 54,519 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you been struggling at work?
  • joe1977
    joe1977 Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    No - but work have said they want me to be more corporate and less like me - I’ve been there 8 years but they say they want a different image 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 54,519 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you a union representative try get that in writing 
  • RSISolutions
    RSISolutions Community member Posts: 130 Courageous
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    I am really sorry what is happening to you and how you are feeling with your mental health.

    I thinking if you present to the Occupational Health (non experts) your letter from an expert, they will then take this and reiterate it in their report. This is my experience.

    If anyone says anything to you informally, e.g you are not a corporate look, write them an email telling them what they said to you so you have it in writing. If they dont reply to the email - that will tell the reader something and you will also have a record of the conversation with time and date. BCC or CC it to your private email address.

    I also dont think you should be off on sick. You have a disability. This should be disability leave which should be recorded differently to sick leave. This is a legal requirement. https://www.acas.org.uk/supporting-disabled-people/disability-related-absence

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