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Hi, my name is NickyKaren!

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NickyKaren
NickyKaren Community member Posts: 4 Listener
I'm a newbie on here, but I wanted to say hello.  My name is Karen and I live in Gloucester.  I have Fybromyalgia and I am a general adult nurse. I work one night a week in a learning disibility school and have done for the past 10yrs. I am having to look at giving up work due to my condition and wondered if anybody can give me advice on the best way to do this.  Only asking as I am really worried about giving my job up and putting my rights on the line. I do have a blue badge for my car and get the basic money on PIP (I don't get the mobility part of PIP). 
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 52,957 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @NickyKaren welcome to the forum. Have you had oc health meeting to see if work adaptions can be put in place.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Best advice is to not just resign but look into medical dismissal and your options 

    As above a good place to start is oh referral who can recommend adjustments or if you are no longer fit for work 

    Are you in a pension scheme depending on your age there could be options there 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,505 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @nickykaren :) It's been good to see you posting about your situation! Welcome to the community.

    Would you feel comfortable speaking to your employer about getting a referral to occupational health? 
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  • NickyKaren
    NickyKaren Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Hi, thank you for the welcome and the replies to my question.  I spoke to my manager this morning and she has said that due to the nature of my job. adaptations cannot be made to my role. I am in a pension scheme, but I have only been paying for the past year as I wasn't earning enough before then to be allowed to join.   Could I please ask what medical dismissal is as I have never heard of it?  Because we are a private catholic school, we don't have an OH department, so not sure how I could qualify for this. 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there 

    Medical dismissal is where you are dismissed due to health reasons usually due to long or reparative absence 

    There is no link to your pension that is ill health retirement which is very different 

    Medical dismissal is in most cases initiated by the employer as it is no longer viable to hold that job open and no predicted return to work in near future 

    The other reason could be number of absences is a concern and the company can no longer support the high levels of absence 

    Hope this helps if you need anything else just ask
  • NickyKaren
    NickyKaren Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Hi janer1967
    Thank you for clarifying things for me, it's been really helpful.  Karen X
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Are you off work currently ? 

    Do you claim any other benefits other than pip 

    Trying to work out best option for you as medical dismissal can be long process 

    But if you resign could affect entitlement to some benefits 

    As you only work 1 night do you pay any ni

    You circumstances could affect benefits too eg if your single etc 

    Try benefits calculator found on gov website to see what you could be entitled to 

    You can resign on grounds of medical reason but as above could affect other things 
  • princesslelly
    princesslelly Community member Posts: 56 Courageous
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    Hi and welcome, i too have Fibromyalgia along with other problems, its a hard one i worked up until it was affecting me too much it's difficult to live on benefits but once you adapt to it you will be okay you have to put your health first it is a very disabling illness x
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