There will be instances when a return to work simply isn’t feasible and ill health retirement is the only option. We have extensive experience in managing ill health retirement and use a specialist Occupational Health Physician who will assess the employee after the appeals process is concluded.
An ill health retirement report will usually only be triggered after a standard management referral and/or a complex case referral process has been conducted and every possible treatment pathway or intervention has been exhausted.
The employee will be referred for assessment by a specialist Occupational Health Physician who will gather evidence, and provide an opinion on the likelihood of the employee meeting the criteria for ill health in the form of a report.
It is important that independent doctors or physicians should confine themselves to an opinion on whether or not there is sufficient evidence of permanent incapacity due to ill-health. He or she does not make decisions concerning eligibility for ill-health retirement.