13 May 2018, 11:45
Hi all, in regard to the first stage of the IHR process I am currently at after being put forward for it following a second occupational health assessment, how would choosing the option to deny permission for OH assist to contact my GP effect the IHR process?
I do have have the option of viewing my GP's report before OH assist can see it should I grant permission, this is probably what I'll do. I've been honest and I have nothing to hide but I still value my privacy, and giving access to my records is not a decision I take lightly, neither is it something I'm comfortable with but I accept it may be a necessity. Also, a concern I have is that one of the practice GP's is completely incompetent in dealing with mental health issues (a "PTSD? pull yourself together " - kind of guy), I don't want him anywhere near my report.
I've seen posts that suggest that IHR has changed in April, is this true & if so what has changed and will it effect me, seeing as my absence began 7 months ago? Has the formula used to calculate payment amount changed? - I suppose this could potentially effect my willingness to accept IHR.
As an employee of 4.5 years I've been off for about 7 months now due to mental health problems (bereavement stress causing anxiety, depression, insomnia, agoraphobia and others) triggered by some traumatic, very difficult ongoing circumstances over the last 8 months, I have a 15 year+ history of mental health disorders, mainly depression and anxiety, I have not taken any time off in 4.5 years as my symptoms have been managed well by myself, until recently. A flu and a broken bone being my only other absences. OH assist have actually been good to my surprise and have stated my condition is likely protected under the disability discrimination act, I have a good DOM too who has been very supportive.
Thanks for any advice