Hi I have been off work as a FE Lecturer for the past 3 months with Depression and Degenerative Osteoarthritis of the Hip which means I cannot drive or undertake my duties at work. I am waiting on a hip replacement which is being delayed by the fact I have a very high BMI. My life is seriously effected on a number of levels. Yesterday I saw the Occupational Health Dr for the second time who stated that he was recommending that I would never be able to return to my job as even after I've had the operation given my size and mental health issues the recovery would be slower and the likelihood of me needing further surgeries on other joints was raised. He suggested I apply for medical retirement. I am completely floored by this. I am only 37 have 2 young children and no wages coming in (SSP only). I have been at my current college for 2 years and prior to that I believe I have about 7 years pensionable service with TP. I am seeking advice from my Union (UCU) but any other advice/help would be appreciated. I don't know where to start!