Well, after having to take a week's annual leave to recharge, and doing some really big thinking, I decided to ask my HR dept how I go about taking ill health retirement. I only work 16 hours a week, and the job isn't that taxing (I'm a secretary), but it exhausts me, and I think that a line has to be drawn.
The lovely lady in HR explained that I will be referred to Occupational Health who assess me and then they make a recommendation to the pension provider. I haven't had my OH appointment through yet (I'll chase it up tomorrow), and I was wondering how long this process has taken for other people? I'd imagine that every company will be different.
Not sure how I feel about this yet, I'll be a pensioner at the grand old age of 37 - I've worked since I was 16, I had a part-time job when I was at school and college, and since then I've worked full-time until about 2 years ago - if I've ever been between jobs, I've been an office temp. Not working will be strange.