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Ill Health Retirement

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bennix68
bennix68 Community member Posts: 3 Connected
edited February 2022 in Work and employment
Hello, I am wondering if anybody can share their experience of the process of ill health retirement. I have been assessed by the independent medical practitioner at Tier 1 but since receipt of the medical report and certificate my employer has gone quiet and has not authorised the medical documentation for LGPS, its now over a month and they wont tell me the reason for the delay.  Is this usual does anybody know, welcome your thoughts as its driving me mad.
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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @bennix68 thanks for your query. I've moved your post into our 'Work and Employment' category, and marked it as unanswered so that our members can find it more easily.
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  • Dan198523
    Dan198523 Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    I have experience of the IHR process but different organisations deal with it in different ways , happy to discuss if you DM me, regards Dan

  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    Hello @bennix68

    How are you today?

    I wanted to check in to see how you're getting on with things with regards to the ill health retirement process? Did you manage to get your medical documentation authorised by your employer?

    I'm sorry that we couldn't offer you a direct answer to your queries, but I hope you've managed to make some progress with your case.

    If you have any other questions, then please just let us know.

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  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @bennix68 your ahead of me if i remember rightly do/did you work with the NHS.
    I have only just had my 1st interview with our hr (council)
    She said they will be intouch to see how i am and if i've heard about my opp. next month.
    I have not told them yet tho that i will be intending to go on early retirement, i've been a little bizi this week i am going to see if i can get PIP 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there 

    If you haven't had an update I would imagine it maybe the pension provider where the hold up is as they are the ones who will need to authorise this 
  • bennix68
    bennix68 Community member Posts: 3 Connected
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    Hi All.    Many thanks for the responses.  Finally got pension sorted thank you and am now in receipt of my pension.  It was a really long process and at times extremely frustrating.  Sue, I worked in education, good luck with your opp and early retirement. If you intend to apply for i’ll health retirement & PIP, my advice is to gather as much of your medical records you can to evidence your condition(s) and how they affect you.  These will support any applications.  Good luck x
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm glad to hear everything has worked out after such a long process @bennix68 hopefully that helps put some worries to rest now! :)

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  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @bennix68 so glad your sorted and thank you so much for tagging me - i've got lots of letters from the hospital so hopefully that will help with my evidence - hopefully you can enjoy your retirement x
  • Alexander13
    Alexander13 Community member Posts: 55 Connected
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    @bennix68
    Hi can I enquire about the process for you and if possible your condition and which consultants did the reports for you. Did you supply an impact statement of any sort?

    Many thanks but understand if this is too personal
  • Alexander13
    Alexander13 Community member Posts: 55 Connected
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    Yes of course. I have for the last 5 years gradually deteriorated in my condition.  Psoriasis Arthritis, bulging disc and several other disabilities. I am in the lgps scheme and it’s important to get all your information and ducks in a row. As they have been successful wondered if they can give some advice on what and how they did. 

    Hope that helps. 
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    bennix68 said:
    Hi All.    Many thanks for the responses.  Finally got pension sorted thank you and am now in receipt of my pension.  It was a really long process and at times extremely frustrating.  Sue, I worked in education, good luck with your opp and early retirement. If you intend to apply for i’ll health retirement & PIP, my advice is to gather as much of your medical records you can to evidence your condition(s) and how they affect you.  These will support any applications.  Good luck x
    Hi just going over things on the site that i have book marked with regards to early retirement with ill health.
    Was you still claiming sick pay from work when you started the process - hope you don't mind me asking.
    I'm on my second month of half pay and didn't know whether to start the ball rolling when i have my next telephone appointment in approx one months time, any advice ??
  • Alexander13
    Alexander13 Community member Posts: 55 Connected
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    i think the key is making sure your consultants understand what you need rather than being paid sick or not. If you leave or resign terms won’t be probably as good if you do after leaving. I had an oh app where they have brought up the possibility of IHR if work can’t adjust to my needs. At moment I spend 20 hours a day horizontal due to spine pain.  Good luck and keep us informed. 
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    i think the key is making sure your consultants understand what you need rather than being paid sick or not. If you leave or resign terms won’t be probably as good if you do after leaving. I had an oh app where they have brought up the possibility of IHR if work can’t adjust to my needs. At moment I spend 20 hours a day horizontal due to spine pain.  Good luck and keep us informed. 
    Sorry Alexander what consultants "work" are they - To do with work ?????
  • Alexander13
    Alexander13 Community member Posts: 55 Connected
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    Sorry the medical consultants. If you apply for IHR there are tiers and the “independent” medical assessor will take your medical evidence from you medical professionals ( consultants)


  • petersj
    petersj Community member Posts: 11 Connected
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    Dan198523 said:
    I have experience of the IHR process but different organisations deal with it in different ways , happy to discuss if you DM me, regards Dan

    Hi Dan198523,

    I was granted a Tier 3 in January and appealed to Tier 1 as I had medical evidence from my specialist to support that (or so both I & Citizens Advice thought!) I've just had my IDPR1 refused by the Appeals Manager who says there is insufficient evidence to take this any further. The letter then says I can have the decision looked at again, but doesn't mention an IDRP2? 
    Please can you help or suggest someone who can. I don't know where to get help with the next stage. 
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