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1 pointHow long would the process take? how long is a piece of string. Every Force is different in how they fulfil their duties regarding ill health retirement. You should make your GP fully aware of your situation and there is nothing to stop you getting opinion from a Cardo Vascular Consultant but you need to make sure you have someone who is an expert and fully aware of the problems. There is a argument to say "Why should you have to do this." It is rather concerning that your emails are receiving no response and they need a reminder "Are you in a position to allow me the courtesy of a reply to my email of (Date). I know you lost faith in someone with something to do with the Federation but, believe me the Joint Branch Board experts are the best ones to advise you and they should be prepared to act on your behalf. It is difficult to take on the management without the back up of the Federation Joint B.B. Have you considered a consultation or writing to your M.P. He/she could write to the Chief Constable but it certainly makes people wake up, get up off their shiney seats and actually do what they are supposed to do. It worked for me. I found out that the Force were acting unlawfully and referred them to the Force Police Authority's legal officer. Now it would be the |P.C.C.'s office. The welfare of officers is the responsibility of Supervision and starts with your first in line. If they ignore you then go higher until someone takes some responsibility and fulfils their duty of care. I cannot advise you strongly enough to ask for an interview with the Federation expert on this matter and to ask them to act on your behalf. I do this because, sadly, I am now out of date with the exact nitty gritty of the regulations and the most recent changes.
1 pointI note that you say you have had a bad experience with the Federation. I obviously do not know the details and would never expect you to say, however they would be far the best qualified people to advise you and guide you through your medical problems. I assume that you are still on maternity leave and would not necessarily advise being off sick, but please take advice. If you have had a P.E. and DVT's you could well end up on Anti coagulants for life, which would mean an end of active response or street Policing. It should not however mean that you could not continue in a back office, non confrontational post. That would depend on your divisional heads and a reference to the H.R. I sense from your post though, that you would be looking for a medical retirement. Having over 10 years you should qualify with enhancements to your 14 years service. If that is the case there is no real need to rush into things as further service will increase those pension enhancements. I agree with Blue Tac but, if your Federation are any good they should be advising and looking after your interests. Your bad experience with the Federation may have been a one off and a clash of personalities with someone, I would hope so. Your first concern is not the job but, your own health. You will recover but it will take time. The answer to your specific questions Q1. Yes you could get medical retirement, but some Forces put as many obstacles in the way as possible. In many respects they have the upper hand as, for the first 6 months off sick you will be on half pay, the next 6 months half pay, and after that you would go to the state SSP. That is why I suggested that you should not be off sick but still using your maternity leave. Once you are on SSP the Force is very much in the driving seat. Q2. You do not have to go back to start the process as they could take that as being fit for duty. If your condition is as you say, then liase with your Doctor and keep him informed on the whole situation. I would suspect that he would say to stay off sick until you are either fit, or on medical retirement. It is also important to speak to your supervision and relay the circumstances to them and point out that no one has tried to contact you because Welfare is part of their responsibility. When you have these conversations it would be advisable to have a friend, a witness to them. Keep a written record of who you speak to and the conversations. If it was me with my memory I might be tempted to record any conversations 😉