Hi, my name is Emm4_G2!
Before Covid I was able to do 100% of my job. I type for the NHS and have found this to have been great for my well-being and gives me a purpose in life. I am now signed off work due to changes in my role which have involved lifting notes (simple for some people). I was employed with full knowledge of my disability and that lifting would not be possible for me. I did do it to start with as I could not ask colleagues because all of our work has trebled since Covid and didn't want to be a burden. Consequently, this has caused a huge flare of my arthritis, fibromyalgia, CTS and lots more. My GP has stated in my fit note that I need support before I can go back. I am also trying to apply under their Flexible working policy to do my job from home, but feel that my manager will decline this based on the fact she declined me when I asked if I could during Covid knowing full well that other colleagues in different departments were already doing so as they were given the choice to either work from home or come into work regardless of they were shielding etc, plus all my managers were working from home, including my own manager. She refused despite me saying that the Government stated if you can work from home then you should work from home. She rebuffed this and said that only people who were at risk were sent home. This I know to be untrue talking to other people in different departments. I have now been told that because I declared I could only do 90% of my role that it would be unlikely i could work from home and that if my assessment from an independent company called RPS which was triaged to them from my hospital was found that I was not capable of doing my work, that I could be redeployed! I have stated many times that had it not been for Covid I would still be at work today and the frustrating point being, is that I could be working from home right now! I have plausible reasons for working from home which would have a positive impact for my employer, but also I need to on other embarrassing medical grounds and if its my managers final decision, then I know she will say no. This is causing more anxiety which is not helping my conditions. There are days I use my crutches at work and there would be no way I could carry out these changes in my duties. I'm feeling like I'm being pushed out and they seem to forget that I have been working for two since last October as the other typist has been on long-term sickness and I've not had any help and just found out after just asking for help that I wo t be getting it! I am still waiting for the telephone consultation and if anyone has any feedback or advice it would be greatly appreciated. The other day I felt like jacking it in as I'm fed up of fighting, but I feel if I don't then I would not just be letting myself down, but the rest of the disabled community too. Sorry for the essay, its my 1st time on here xx