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    PIP Assessment Today

    Hi All,
    I had my assessment today (A Lady paramedic) an absolute delight to have her do my assessment the whole thing took +-45 minutes, I was asked about how much I could do with my hands, I replied nothing (as I can't) Could I touch my index finger and thumb together ( No Not quite) Very little about mobility ( Probably as she saw the wheelchair)

    She asked a few questions about bathing and could I get my legs over the side of the bath. (I have a bathing/shower board that I sit on) She did mention she thought the toilet seat was a bit low and I should consider something to make it higher along with support rails either side of the loo.

    I noticed she was observing my movements and body language.

    She noticed I take a lot of medications and asked IF there were any side effects, and since receiving the medical evidence was I taking More/less or any other medications.

    Then we spoke about the ins and outs of PIP and why it was brought in, Her reply was " There is SO much fraud these days especially with DLA evidently one can fill in a form for DLA and more or less be granted it, This way with PIP we know what your medical problems are We just want to see how they affect your daily life and we can actually see YOU"

    She apologized if she had embarrassed me by asking me very personal questions (Not in the least) She used her PC to log all my answers etc and on departure advised I should here from the DWP within 6+ weeks.

    All in all, I was happy with the way it went OR was I lulled into a false sense of security?

    We shall see, I'll let you know.
    K

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    I'm glad you felt at ease as these assessments can be very daunting.
    Sounds like you had a good assessor but just bare in mind the decision doesn't lie with the assessor, it lies with the DWP. Assessors have also been known to be very pleasant on the day in order to lull claimants into a false sense of security. Sounds to me from what you have said, that you have a very good shot indeed.

    I've had two very nice nurses do my two previous pip assessments, the first one wrote a favourable report and I was awarded enhanced care, the other assessor wrote a non factual report even with all my evidence and I was awarded nothing only to ask for an MR and they awarded me enhanced care and enhanced mobility.

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    My assessor was a delight too, a most charming & considerate lady indeed, until I read her report ! She lied through her teeth & omitted important information about my health problems.
    However, I wish you well !

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    When I first applied for pip in 2014 my assessor was a paramedic & wAs really nice made me feel at ease but I scored 0 points & had to go to tribunal & won. On renewal of pip my assessor was a nurse & was rude & arrogant made me feel like I was a liar but I got enchanced in care only. So it can go either way. Good luck with the outcome

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    I'm afraid she was talking complete bollards, the incidence of fraud for DLA given by the DWP's own figures was somewhere around 2.4%, if I remember correctly. It was the lowest of any of the various benefits.

    The change to PIP was designed to do one thing, save money by getting about 25% of those on DLA off the system and it's certainly doing that.

    The disabled community are by far the easiest group of people to target, sick, vulnerable and often elderly people who are so scared of loosing what little benefits they do get that they're often too frightened to appeal or even ask for a reconsideration when they have their benefits reduced or completely removed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gus607 View Post
    My assessor was a delight too, a most charming & considerate lady indeed, until I read her report ! She lied through her teeth & omitted important information about my health problems.
    However, I wish you well !
    Same here nothing i said was written down..surprised me? no not at all!

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    Excellent post it's nice to know some of the people on this great website are extremely knowledgeable

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    Same here, I also thought the assessor was very nice and considerate until I got the report. She had out & out lied, missed off very important info, said she had performed examinations she hadn't. My carer was there taking notes but she still lied, at the end she said they wouldn't be seeing me again as my conditions weren't going to get any better and were so severe they couldn't do anything more for me. On the report she had ticked to be seen again. It was also stated that I walked 25 metres from the waiting room to the room, not rue, the whole of the building length wise only measures 18 metres and I was in the first room on the corridor.
    I don't know how they sleep at night.

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    Hope it as gone well for you kalahari just keep an open mind either way you'll just have to wait and see you've done all you can do for now. I have been under hospitals since i was born 49yrs now, I don't see how a paramedic can have the job of assessing disabled people, I've only been in an ambulance once many years go and i ended up explaining to them what was going on and what they needed to do as they didn't understand the doc said they were lucky that i was knowledgeable and they had the sense to listen or they would have made it worse. I have never called an ambulance since and if need got myself to hospital in taxi. They are ok if you have no health issues and you've had a fall or it's a stroke or heart attack, or attend rta, but when it comes to a number of actual conditions unless they have personal experience they shouldn't be assessors. I agree with the old days when they only used GPS or qualified nurses with years experiences and specialists in depression etc for those who are claiming on those grounds. I think this is why so many tribunals are won when people have a number of medical probs.
    I really hope it's gone well for you though you'll have to let us know

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    Thank You for posting I have mine on Monday They capita rang me on Friday to make sure I knew where to go to which I said yes I do I am very Nervous about the whole thing Please let us know how you do get on.
    Anytime anybody is rude, it makes me double-check my own behaviour to make sure I don't do that to other people.

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