I am currently on long term sick and cannot not see me ever getting back to my role in the NHS and to be honest i am not sure I would want to (too much sitting down and too stressful!). Over the past few years I have reduced from full time to 4 days and then 2 days and cannot manage that. I work quite a distance so shorter days not an option. My manager has modified as much as they can but suggested Ill health retirement.
The problem is Occ Health are not supporting the application as they say I need to show that I have exhausted all treatments and will not improve. unfortunately diagnosis took a long time and was only confirmed at the start of the summer despite being there for nearly 3 years (GP was obstructive in referring me!).
I am finding it very frustrating as I have only tried one DMARD so far and that has made things worse so I expect I will need to try another etc and that is all going to take so long. I have been off for six months so far and would love to settle it all so I can work on acceptance and getting on with the rest of my life. I am reluctant to just leave as I am quite senior and have a good salary. the perfect outcome would be to get a little pension that lets me get an easier job without worrying about income.
I am aslo concerned that they could terminate my contract at any point if I am not fit to work.
Has anyone experienced the process before exhausting all treatments etc. I would appreciate any advice or tips.