I apologise if I'm covering old ground but I am desperate for guidance and advice on my dilemma.
I was diagnosed with Parkinsons about three and a half years ago. I have continued to work, initially full time, but since the beginning of this year I've been on twenty hours a week. Since diagnosed I've had very little time off sick. Usually it's been related to a bad cold but last year I took time off because I found that the pressure of working full time was getting too much, which led to the part time as a measure to adjust my working routine.
Initially my OH nurse took a lot of interest in my case and I was given a medical assessment last year by the company doctor. However, after the first year the OH nurse appeared to have lost all interest in me and no other attempt has been made to assess if my condition is deteriorating and if it's affecting my work. The annual appraisal system has also failed to highlight what I believe is a slowly deteriorating situation.
I have now reached a point where I feel that I want and need to finish work. Although my movement is still pretty good, the most obvious symptom I have is a bad tremor down my left side, However, I have become lethargic, apathetic, I lack motivation and have lost interest in my job, to mention just a few of the symptoms. Yet, I still don't necessarily want to go sick or feel that I need to, I just want to finish and get on with my life. I believe that my consultant and GP would support me.
Now the issue.
I would like to avoid going down the sickness route if I can avoid it as I would prefer to finish on a specific date, empty my drawers and carry out a proper hand over. If I went sick, especially long term, I do not feel that I could ever return to work and I can imagine a long protracted affair following which I would probably be dismissed on grounds of capability. The advantage, on the other hand, is that I will be paid some sick pay, SSP and eventually pay in lieu of notice. It would also guess be entitled to claim any or any other help that I may be entitled to such as PIP.
The other option is to just hand in my four weeks notice and walk away from it. This option I have been told not to consider at all.
The third option is to do what I have already instigated and that is to discuss with HR the possibility of finishing on a pre determined date with some sort of financial settlement which will avoid the need for the company to jump through all the hoops before dismissing me. The only problem is that the company have offered me a finishing date at the end of December with essentially three months pay in lieu of notice, (not much considering I am on part time) but they want me to hand in my notice which means there is no record of me finishing on medical grounds, which to some degree has set alarm bells ringing.
I have a small company pension which is a 'money purchase' scheme with no ill health benefits. I am unlikely to get much in the way of ESA due to my wife working and another small pension.
Given that I want to avoid going sick can anyone advise on concerns regarding the third option or is the only way to finish to go long term sick and let the process run it's course? Are there any other options that I have overlooked?
Sorry if the post is long and drawn out but Any advice, suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.