SgtGrumpy

Ill health retirement with depression

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Morning all,

Long time since I've posted on this forum.

Just wondering whether anyone has had any experience in relation to ill health retirement due to mental health issues.

I have suffered with depression & anxiety on and off for the past 15 years, and have been taking medication for that time!

The illness has caused me to take several periods of work off sick, the last time being for 3 months last year.

I have just over 23 years in the job.

My illness has been brought on by the job on each occasion, and, if I go downhill again during the next year, I will seriously be considering whether to leave.

Does anyone know if mental illness, specifically depression, is considered in relation to I'll health retirement?

I would be grateful of any of your experiences in relation to this.

Thanks

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Thanks gripper.

I have a template letter from the fed which reads as though my gp needs to be of the opinion that I will never be fit for this job.

As things stand, I am up and down like a yo-yo ... One month fine, the next not so!!

I know that I am not the only person in the job who suffers with depression, but feel that it would be hard for anyone to say I will never be fit enough to perform my duties.

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Grumpy, I have a colleague who was recently pensioned on these grounds. You would need a consultant psychiatrist to testify that you are unfit to perform any role as a police officer due to your mental health. You might have to prove separately that the job caused your mental health issues. You should speak to an employment lawyer about psychiatric injuries. Your force may or may not agree with external findings, but in the end it's down to medical evidence, not a Chief Officer's opinion!

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My force has recently medically retired an officer for that very reason he was off for a protracted period due to his condition,came back to work on reduced hours as part of a return to work plan but couldn't cope and went sick again. As a result he was pensioned off,not sure of the exact specifics timescales etc but it's obviously possible.

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Thanks guys / gals....

I'm due to start a new role next month having spent a very long time working in the dungeons .... Hopefully things will improve and I will not need to go down that route!

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Sgnt Grumpy, the Federation should be able to help you. Your Branch Board rep should be aware of your circumstances; We used to discus current cases with the Ch.Supt., at our monthly meetings. The Rep can assist you to the Force Branch Board. If the GMP we would arrange for a specialists opinion, and take it from there. Hope this helps.

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That may well help, I know many sergeants who spend their entire careers keeping a low profile for fear of being sent to the dungeons!

 

Yes, the ultimate punishment. :whip:

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I assumed it would be difficult to be pensioned off on mental health grounds. I thought someone had to be in the '100% never going to be fit for duty again' bracket before eligible....

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I know two officers, one who got a medical late last year for severe depression and another who is nearing a final med assessment complete with consultant psychiatrists report.

The one who got retired was not considered able to work in any capacity, and the one on the sick and waiting to go has also been deemed by professionals not to be fit for work.

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I assumed it would be difficult to be pensioned off on mental health grounds. I thought someone had to be in the '100% never going to be fit for duty again' bracket before eligible....

No they can send for you for a review. If you condition has improved, so as to be fit, they have the power to recall you from ill health / Injury pensions and re instate you, or down grade your disablement.

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I personally know of one officer this happened to after he had been pensioned out . Seven (yes SEVEN) yrs later he was recalled with a couple of weeks notice.

The Met had a big push years ago; I think they recalled about 25 in one go.

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I personally know of one officer this happened to after he had been pensioned out . Seven (yes SEVEN) yrs later he was recalled with a couple of weeks notice.

The Met had a big push years ago; I think they recalled about 25 in one go.

And rightly so. There were too many going out on ill health for various spurious reasons. It gave those few genuine cases a bad name.

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Well I'm going to get the relevant papers from the fed in readiness....don't hold out much hope though!

Due to my illness, I have been away from work for over 7 months out of the last 2 years...and many more over the last 15 or so years I have been suffering with depression.

Due to the nature of the illness, I think it will be extremely hard for anyone to say that I would be permanently unfit to hold office :(

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