Preparing for your PIP assessment

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Preparing for your PIP assessment

Postby *Lisa* » Tue May 09, 2017 6:36 pm

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Re: Preparing for your PIP assessment

Postby *Lisa* » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:40 pm

Thought I would update my topic as since I put this information I myself have been through an assessment as well as other people I know so have personal tips and information that maybe of help to someone.

First off I recommend you read up on the assessors guide. This will give you an in site to what they do and what they observe which makes a huge impact into the final decision making.

For mental health and fatigue they look and observe your presence, appearance and body language, expressions and more. This will be in the ways of eye contact, any anxiety like nervousness, sweating etc. They will look to see any depression, low mood, lack of concentration. This is also done by how you answer to questions. If you manage to be able to understand the question, answer correctly, and don't need any prompting this goes against you showing them your able to function and by yourself (individually) they watch for any emotions to pin point any mental health present.

If your suffering from mental health but are not seeing a specialist explain why not. It could be that you have seen specialists in the past or that you were not suitable for therapy. It could be that you rely on family and friends for emotional support or use organisations like the samaritans or MIND.

This is because so many people are being turned down from PIP because your not seeing a specialist at time of assessment / PIP claim.

With the physical side they observe movements from the start, as soon as you walk in the door there are cameras. They observe your walking from the waiting area to the assessment room and go on that distance and observation for there final outcome on walking abilities. A friend of mines walking ability was decided on just 12 metres of observation!

They observe things like holding items, moving items from one hand to next, carrying bags etc. They look for any discomfort.

They then will ask to do a physical examination. You are in your rights to decline. If you decline explain why. If you do agree then my tip is to talk through the pain. If your asked to move your arm explain how it feels when trying to. This will help them to understand how painful and difficault actions and movements are as I feel if you don't then they may think your ok when inside your in agony!

Do not force yourself to do any movements, stop! And explain why.

Again with mental health if your not currently seeing a specialist for pain explain why not. This could be because you have already seen specialists in the past and now been discharged under the care of your GP for treatment plans.

They do ask how you got to the assessment centre. Explain all of the difficaulties endured. How painful or anxious you were just to get there and how exhausted you feel etc.

If you start to become too exhausted or become in too much pain that you feel you cannot function and carry out the assessment say so. The assessor should then cut the assessment short by finishing off with the most relevant questions left so you can leave earlier.

With home assessments they look into things more as your in your own surroundings like pets, stairs, aids and adaptions.

If you need assistance in answering the questions by someone who goes with you for support then tell them at the beginning and explain why. For example if you suffer from chronic fatigue you can say from the beginning that you may need support from the person who has come with you as you get exhausted quickly and cannot remember such information so will need help in answering questions. I have known assessors to abruptly cut people off from helping with questions who are there for support saying that they need the answers only from the person having the assessment.

I hope this information which is based only on my experiences and personal opinion to be of help to some one.
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Re: Preparing for your PIP assessment

Postby jane1 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:58 pm

Hi I've just been turned down for pip not sure whether to appeal. I'm not ill enough. Even though I'm going to have to give up work due to fibromyalgia, and pain is getting worse especially in my neck. Don't know what to do :-D
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Re: Preparing for your PIP assessment

Postby *Lisa* » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:02 pm

Hi Jane,

It's not how Ill you are it's all about your capabilities and activities, your mobility and care needs. How the illness affects you day to day.

I always advise people to appeal. First off it's a MR (Mandatory Reconsideration) as soon as you get your letter telling you of your award, if you disagree you can call them and ask for MR.

Then you have to write a report to explain why you disagree added to that any additional information to support your claim and if you don't have any then you can refer back to the information you sent in. I would copy the reference and send it in again once more in case.

If you still do not get the PIP or not awarded the correct amount you feel entitled to/need then you can appeal.

The MR don't take long. As soon as you send it it, it's only a few week before a decision. On the other hand an appeal takes much longer, months! But a huge percentage of people win and get back their moneys or an award given. I know of friend whom have been given no PIP, put a reconsideration in and got full PIP! So well worth asking for an MR or appeal if you already have.

I'm in the process of working on a topic for Mandatory Reconsiderations with some tips and advice in how to go about it.

There should be many websites on the internet to help with appeals giving advice on how to do them, one being CAB or you can call them for help.

Is this a new claim? A transfer from DLA to PIP? Or reapplying?
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