Weighing up my options
I work in NHS, split role clinical / managerial. I was recently diagnosed with cmc osteoarthritis in my non dominant hand ( but also beginning in my other hand). My clinical role involves a high level of manual dexterity and I am not allowed to wear my splint in clinical setting. The splint would be too restrictive to carry out my job anyway. I am finding it increasingly painful to do clinical tasks although there are some days when it’s not to bad.
My consultant said to avoid tasks that hurt, so by continuing to use my hands in this way might this speed up the progress of the arthritis? I have a occupational health appointment soon and not sure what to expect. My line manager has suggested I take on my managerial tasks and spread the load that way but I like being with patients.
I am in the fortunate position that I was considering taking early retirement in next couple of years, but had planned on continuing to do some clinical hours and letting someone else do management side.I now feel that this choice is being taken away from me - but is it right to continue if I am making the condition worse when I don’t need to? The earlier I go, the more of a reduction will apply to my pension. I also have caring commitments outside of work which would not change.
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