I have worked for my an NHS trust for nearly 14 years being in my present post as a physio assistant for 5 years prior to this i was a HCSW .
Like anyone i have had occasional sickness absence who doesn't when you are exposed to infection day in day out but this year i have gone over the acceptable absence allowed (4 times with in 12 months). I have OA in my lumber spine and SI joint which gives me pain flair ups when we have a increase in the capacity and demand of the manual handling of patients with decreased mobility. My first flair up back in 2011 was caused by a patient falling while i was mobilizing her and i lowered her to the floor as best as i could while shouting for help.
My sickness record during the 12 months they are on about includes two sets of treatment for pain to try and enable me to continue to work with in my post.
Now the occ health GP has decided i am no longer able to sustain what would be an acceptable attendance in the role i am employed in and advises HR and himself look at alternative roles within the trust. The occ health GP also put that he feels this condition is covered with the equality act 2010 but didn't really explain what that means for me.
So have just been summoned by HR and told that I have to attend a meeting on Monday to discuss absence. The objective of this meeting is to go through the occ health report and redeployment formal proceedings. To say I am terrified is an understatement.
My line manager gave me a letter detailing all the info along with a print out of my absences since 2013 (I pointed out I knew how many absences i have had and its all related to my back problem two of which have been for treatment).
My sister is going to go with me to take notes and listen as i am sure things will be said so fast that i will not take everything in they have said that mins will be taken and a copy sent to me with a further meeting date set.
This is causing me stress and upset which i am sure isn't helping my pain which now is not only on my lower back but leg and feet too.