Been a while since I was on here. I dip in and out, but need some advice.
My story. I was dx in Feb 2013 with PPMS. To be honest I’d felt rough for a while so, whilst shocked, I wasnt really surprised.
At the time, I was working as a Prison Officer. Work were brilliant and quickly offered me a non operational role. I did this for 3 years in the prison, then was successful in applying for a promotion. Trouble was, it involved a commute into London. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity, I accepted. I’ve done it for 8 months. The commute is getting harder and harder. I’m worried about tripping up. If I do, I ain’t getting back up. My cognitive ability is now impaired and the fatigue is awful.
I’ve got a mobility scooter for days out but my mobility is worsening. And the fatigue is debilitating.
I went sick on Tuesday and after a tearful (by me) conversation with my wonderful wife, was thinking IHR might be the most appropriate course of action. My job is incessant and very stressful, as many managerial jobs are. With my fatigue, mobility problems and impaired cognitive function I think this may be the way forward, if only to reduce the stress levels in my life.
I was offered lower tier IHR or a regrade when first dx. I took the regrade as I felt I was capable of continuing working. Circumstances have now changed. Will I be eligible for upper tier IHR? The guide states I have to be incapable of executing my job to an acceptable standard and incapable of any other work. I would argue I can’t do any other work to an acceptable standard but I fear this is not what the Pension provider will agree with.
I’m not a workshy malingerer!! I’ve been in full time employment for 30 years with an excellent attendance record and would rather not give up work, but feel I have to accept my limitations.
Any advice gratefully received.
Have a pleasant day.