IOD process after IHR approval

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IOD process after IHR approval

Post by Yesrhi on Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:21 pm

Hi everyone,

It may have taken many many months but the answer came through this week that ill health retirement has been approved for my other half.
We've had the paperwork sent through from the force but no mention anywhere regarding applying for IOD award. Can anyone advise how we get the ball rolling please?

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Re: IOD process after IHR approval

Post by Urtica on Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:57 pm

Hi,

Sorry for the delay in providing a response. I think a lot of people must be on holiday.

Also, things have been rather quiet on the injury pensions front of late, with most forces still not holding reviews of injury pensions as a matter of routine.

In fact, the emphasis seems to have moved to the grant of injury awards. Some forces are adopting what they euphemistically like to call 'more robust' procedures - what they really mean is that they are trying to make it harder for any injured officer to be granted an injury award.

However, it is not at all unusual for forces to simply not bother to inform anyone leaving due to ill health that they can, in certain circumstances, apply for grant of an injury award.

As you are probably aware, an injury award consists of a pension, payable for life, and a one-off tax-free gratuity. The pension is payable in addition to the ill health pension, and the amount paid depends on the degree of disablement. To qualify for an injury award the police pension authority (PPA) must refer certain questions to a duly qualified medical practitioner, selected by the PPA.

The questions are:

(a) whether the person concerned is disabled;

(b) whether the disablement is likely to be permanent,

(c) whether the disablement is the result of an injury received in the execution of duty, and

(d) the degree of the person’s disablement.

Questions a) and b) will have already been answered in respect to your ill health retirement.

Disablement means disabled from performing the ordinary duties of a police officer.  Degree of disablement is the extent to which one's capacity to work and earn (outside the police force) has been affected by the disabling effects of the duty injury or injuries.

So, what you need to do is write to the PPA (practically, send it to the Head of HR) and ask to be considered for an injury award.

An injury award is an entitlement and is governed by The Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006, which I strongly suggest you read. They are available on line:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/932/contents/made

The PPA will ask their SMP to decide questions c) and d) above. That should involve an examination and assessment by the SMP. It is important that the SMP does not simply rely on information he gathered in whilst considering your ill health retirement. Your disablement may have worsened in the interim. You should ensure that your GP and any specialists provide you with a report on your medical condition, resultant from the duty injury, and how is affects you ability to engage in paid employment. You should give the SMP a copy of these reports. You may have to pay for these reports but it will be money well spent. Please note that the SMP may not bother to ask your GP or specialist for their opinions - the SMP is under no statutory obligation to do so, and some SMPs prefer not to have to deal with professional opinions from people far more qualified than themselves who are far more familiar with your medical condition and its consequences.

You should seek advice and assistance from the Federation. It sometimes happens that local Fed Reps are not very helpful or knowledgeable and I hope that will not be the situation with you. If you feel you need further advice, tailored to your particular circumstances, then please send me a private message via PIPIN and we can go over any areas of concern you may have.

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Re: IOD process after IHR approval

Post by loxley50 on Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:56 am

Hi, I'm looking for some help. I was retired due to ill health on 31/08/2015 and applied for an injury award prior to this date. The force sent me a GP medical records consent form which I duly signed and returned to them in August 15. To date my GP records have not been requested. My question is: How long should the process take as my force seem to be delaying.

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Re: IOD process after IHR approval

Post by Urtica on Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:05 am

Hi,


I will send you a private message.

It should not be taking nearly five months for your force to process a request for an injury award. On its own, such a lengthy delay is maladministration.

Urtica

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