Does an applicant meet the medical criteria for pension benefit?
We already have considerable experience in assessment of these situations. Helping to create and deliver a medical assessment process which is both fair yet robust is our approach in conjunction with pension trustees.
For example, we seek to ensure the diagnosis and prognosis have been properly established, and determine the practical or ‘functional’ implications in the work setting of the condition and, whether these are likely to be permanent. Also whether all appropriate therapy has been considered and reasonable adjustments implemented, are questions we often expect to address.
Pension related benefits will vary in different schemes but include:
- Sick Pay at Pension Rate
- Injury caused by work or ‘injury on duty’
- Medical or dental treatment allowance
- Early Payment of Preserved Award
- Ill Health Retirement – own and/or All work