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Hi,I'm RogZ! Anyone with CP experienced ill health retirement?

RogZRogZ Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited March 12 in Cerebral Palsy
Hello there, I’ve just found this board, this sort of chat  not something I have ever used before. I am in my 50s, been working as a teacher for almost 30 years but I am now completely wrung out. I can’t take it anymore. My CP is relatively, mild but it affects my right side, I can walk unaided. My disability journey has been punctuated with moments of realisation, stress and then acceptance . I think I’m at a new point in my life where I’m going to have to stop working. I haven’t ever had much physio or contact with the medical profession that is directly related to my CP( I was discharged when I was 8! ) I wondered if anyone out there has any experience of ill health retirement and it’s process? Cheers 🍻 


  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,363 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community there are lots of discussions going on on the coffee lounge you might like to join in with 

    Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself  most of the people have a disability or look after someone with a disability  and there will be people with the same sorts of problems your haveing and people who can answer better than I can 

    Hope you enjoy being part of our community and hope to see you around the community 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    Sorry about how you are feeling 

    I have experience of I'll health retirement process but each company has their own policy si you should ask for a copy 

    I'll health retirement is related to your pension and you need it to be authorised by pension provider and can be a long drawn out process as you are saying you are not fit to work in any capacity so take early pension 

    The alternative is medical dismissal which means you need to leave current job due to Ill health 

    These are very different 

    Look at your company policies first do not just give up work tho thus could affect entitlement to future benefits 

    Let me know if you have any further questions 

    The first stage us to go off sick and claim ssp until it expires 

    Acas is a good advisory service and has good website 
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,839

    Scope community team

    Hi @RogZ
    I think we have spoken over email? 
    If your disability is now making it difficult to work, I completely know where you are coming from by the way. You may be able to claim your pension before the age of 55 – and so retire early. However, you’ll need to meet strict criteria, along with independent financial advice to ensure you can afford early retirement without running out of money too soon. Have you heard back from occupational health yet? It might be an idea to also get your Union to support you too.
    I noticed that you mentioned that you hadn't had any contact with physiotherapists etc for many years? It might with going to see your G.P. and discussing the Adult CP Care Pathway, which they should know about. It's basically an M.O.T. for your CP, to see if there is anything that might help you to maintain your mobility
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  • RogZRogZ Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi, thank you for that, I will certainly discuss things with my GP. I’ve not heard from OH but it’s early days.
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