I am back from my ESA Medical Assessment, I was in there over 35 mins. I was bag of nerves, anxious and shaking like a leaf in the waiting room, nearly cried at one point.
I had a lady doctor who asked me questions about my disabilities/illness/medications and how It's effect my abilities etc. Nothing about TV/Hobbies/Pets as I was expecting to be asked to be honest. I was asked to touch my toes, but I refused it I know It would give me discomfort/hurt on my upper spine/neck. And asked If I could turn my head side to side, which I cannot do. As my neck rotation is very limited.
I think It's went ok, but not getting my hopes up. It will take to up 2-4 weeks to find out what the outcome is, as I was told this by the Doctor. Thank god It's over and done with, at least I can sleep tonight lol.
Hello, just a little update.
I received the dreading letter, I have been put in the Work Related Activity Group. I honestly thought I was going to fail, as I have read some awful stories on the internet. I am not looking forward taking part in work-focused interviews, with a new personal adviser? I am dreading that I will have to do courses/training, as I am not very good with mixing in a group of people etc. I really stuffer from bad anxiety/panic attack in group environment.
Should I appeal to be in the support group? I worry that I would lose my WRAG altogether. Anyone got experience being in WRAG?
It's says "the amount on this page from 8th of June to 30th September 2013" Does that's mean I am on the WRAG for a year then, basically?
Oh great, I received the letter from my local Jobcentre. I have got appointment with the ESA Personal Adviser Interview on the 23rd of July, they are on the ball.
Is anyone on ESA WRAG on here? Would anyone kindly tell me what happen in the interview? How long is the interview? I know there are 6 interviews, what happen after 6 interviews are up? I am not looking forward to it to be honest with you, I am worry that they might push me into looking for work and courses/training. I am more anxious now.
Last edited by Shystar; 07-11-2012 at 12:00 PM.
Sorry cannot help with your question as not near that stage yet,still on the questionnaire stage but have a question for you.What was the time scale from you sending in questionnaire to receiving phone call to attend medical assessment and time between phone call and the actual assessment?
Good luck with yours and thank you for your reply
Only thing I can add is from reading other people's posts on other forums about these interviews. Most people have met friendly helpful advisors and a minority not so helpful. It's supposed to be about identifying what personal help you might need in the future to help you back into work.
They can't force/push you into doing anything. Some people have said their advisor realised at the first meeting the person isn't fit/ready to attend future wok inteviews and have agreed to do some of them by phone ,just to keep in touch. etc etc. So everyones experience seems to be a bit different.
One thing which seems new this year is being asked if you want to voluntarily attend a back to work programme or course. . If you volunteer for this, you're mandated onto it from then, and can't easily get out of it. So keep that in mind if the subject comes up. It might not even come up , as not everyone has mentioned it. Think it happens more with people whom ATOS have decided will be fit for a return to work in approx 3 to 6 months.
I decided that I am not going to appeal, as I do not want to take the risk. Just hope I will get a nice understanding personal advisor and I will shall explain about my disability/condition wise.
Thank you once again.