I was off work from Jan 16 - May 16 during which time I was diagnosed with RRMS. On my phased return to work I was told that I would be on Monitoring for a year due to the level of my absences.
I have had meetings with HR, Occupational Health, Line manager AND Union Rep and have mentioned that some employers - as a reasonable adjustment - say that any MS absence should not be used for the purposes of monitoring. However, no such adjustment has been put in place for me. They just keep saying that “we will look upon your absence record favourably” (which honestly doesn’t help much).
I was off sick (because of a flare up) for 21 hours a couple of weeks ago and on my return to work interview I got the whole “absence monitoring” speech. I KNOW i’m going to have to go off again as i’m still getting worse and monitoring or no monitoring there’s no point flogging myself to death. However - unless they change their minds - by the time I come back I will be put on monitoring again.
I work for the NHS and what i’d like to know is whether any other current or former NHS employees have had monitoring periods adjusted in any way to take account of your MS diagnosis?? I have adjusted my hours down from 37.5 to 30. I have had a workplace assessment and I have a brand spanking new chair. I can’t afford to cut my hours further and I can’t claim any PIP cos i’m too well (!!!).
Can someone throw me a bone??? lol