Medical retirement

How do I go about taking medical retirement?

I saw occupational health who wants to wait until after DBS Before making a decision about retirement but because my balance is so poor I am not able to my job. I work with children with special needs so can’t put them at risk. DBS may worsen my balance according to my neurologist. I can’t get Down on the floor To work with the children as it is too painful.
I am currently sitting in my office at home, staring at a computer screen with nothing to do except answer a few emails and wait for the phone to ring.

With the ongoing COVID situation it could be another year before I can have the surgery

Hi @carolineb211

I am sure many people will share their experiences but in the meantime I would advise you to contact our helpline on 0808 800 0303 or email: [email protected] in order to speak to one of our experienced adviser. I hope this helps.

Kind regards

Sue - forum moderation team


I am a new forum member. I was diagnosed in 2003 and applied for ill-health retirement in 2020. I am a civil servant on the alpha pension scheme. the private firm acting as the pension scheme medical advisor recommended a lower tier pension in my case. I am appealing through the internal appeal process. I have involved the union early on. has any been through a similar experience recently. I am a bit anxious and could do with tips and hints on Dos and Donts.

by the way, like you carolineb211 I have hoped for DBS to keep me in my current job. I had the operation 2 years ago. it made a huge positive difference in my life and helped me to cut back on the unsustainable amounts of med I was on but in my case, I am afraid it did not result in helping me to carry on working. I don’t want to discourage you and remember we all different but I thought sharing my experience may help in managing expectations. As far as I am concerned if you are offered DBS, you should take it.

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thanks for the warm welcome.

It’s nice to know that DBS worked well for you.

Sadly, now we’re back in lockdown it seems to be getting further and further away !

I am speaking to my neurologist next week and am hoping he can give me an idea of when I might be able to have it done.

I Amon sick leave till end of Feb then will probably apply for medical retirement. We’re you able to get your full pension, if you don’t mind me asking?