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Ill Health Retirement - Non Teachers

In order for a decision to be made about the entitlement to an ill health pension it is necessary to obtain a certificate from the Independent Registered Medical Practitioner (IRMP) qualified in Occupational Health Medicine.

Employees who are dismissed on ill health grounds can be referred to the (IRMP), to consider whether or not their pension benefits can be awarded immediately.

To qualify, employees must have at least 2 years total membership or have transferred previous pension rights into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

It will be necessary for HR to liaise with the pension section before referring an employee to the IRMP in order to check that the individual meets the eligibility criteria. It is also necessary to establish whether the employee is a deferred pension member, details of which will need to be included on the Ill health retirement certificate sent to the IRMP.

An employee will be informed by HR of this process if their employment is terminated on the grounds of ill health.  They will be asked to give consent for Occupational Health to provide the IRMP with their medical details and if necessary, their GP and Consultants name in order to collate further medical evidence.

If the employee wishes to apply for release of their pension on the grounds of ill health capability HR will complete section 1 of the ill health certificate and forward this together with the GP consent form and consent form for release of records to Occupational Health.

Where applicable, Occupational Health will send an invite letter to the employee to attend an appointment with the IRMP following receipt of all medical information requested.

The Independent Registered Medical Practitioner (IRMP) will certify whether the employee as a result of ill health or infirmity of mind or body is:

  • permanently incapable of discharging efficiently the duties of the employment that they have engaged in; and whether an employee is:
  • NOT immediately capable of undertaking any gainful employment (paid employment for NOT less than 30 hours per week for NOT less than 12 months).

The IRMP will also assess whether the employee is eligible to receive an enhancement to their pension benefits, dependent on the degree of illness.  Further information on the three tier arrangement can be found on the Dyfed Pension Fund website.

We will make a decision on the award of ill health benefits based on the medical certificate completed by the IRMP.  If, however, the employee is not satisfied with the outcome, they will be informed of their right to appeal against the decision using the Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure (IDRP) under the LGPS regulations.

Non receipt of GP Medical Report

Occupational Health will chase up the medical report on a regular basis.  If following 3 months, no medical report is received from the GP; Occupational Health will seek to establish the reason for non receipt.  The GP may advise that they have scheduled a number of appointments with the individual for a consultation in order to provide the medical report and they have failed to attend. As a result they are unable to provide the medical report.

It is up to the employee whether they attend the GP appointment and there may be instances when the employee will choose not to attend.  If this is the case it will be necessary to write to the employee detailing the situation. The employee should be given the opportunity to contact to discuss or respond to the letter.

If following 3 months, no contact is made and no response is received to the letter sent, the employee pension record will be deferred as of the date of termination.  

A letter will be sent to the employee notifying them of this.  The HR Officer supporting the manager will notify the Pension section. The Pension Section will write to the individual who will be given 6 months from the date of receipt of the letter to appeal. Further information and guidance is available on the Dyfed Pension Scheme website.

Page updated: 09/09/2021 10:52:22