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wowmee
wowmee Community member Posts: 17 Connected
Hi all, 
I've been in receipt of esau and pip since 2014 due to mental health issues, I've been assessed at a psychiatric unit and on my previous review the paperwork from the assessment was sent into the DWP, I used to see my GP every 2-3 months prior to the covid pandemic, bit since that I've seen her 2 times in the last 2 years, last year when I saw her she was writing to the psychiatric unit for another referral for a second assessment,  but that was in June last year and it seems impossible to get an appointment to speak to my doctor,  also in the last 2 years I've been diagnosed with c6 and c7 osteoarthritis that was diagnosed via an MRI scan, this causes me to be in constant pain, I've been referred for a nerve block injection but that was last year and the pain had subsided somewhat due to being prescribed amyltriptaline (likely spelt wrong) but in the last few months the pain and discomfort has returned although not as painful as it was initially, but this now affects when I walk, and especially getting out of the car to go shopping, now I regularly use a trolly just for support.  Is it worth writing this on the review form as my worst days?  And regarding the gp, I'm just worried that due yo having minimal contact with them, that would go against me, even though I'm waiting for this second referral for assessment. 

Any advice greatly appreciated. 

Thank you.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,114 Disability Gamechanger
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    You should not base your form on your worst days. PIP is about how you are on the majority of the days so at least 50% of the time over a 12 month period. 

    When filling out the form you should give as much information as possible. Also include a couple of real world incidents of exactly what happened the last time you attempted each descriptor that applies to you. 

    Most people have assessments so you should expect one of those which are mostly by telephone. 

    You could be waiting several plus months for a decision because of the delays with reviews. Your existing award will continue until a decision on a made on the review.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • ChrisSCOPEhtfc94
    ChrisSCOPEhtfc94 Community member Posts: 153 Courageous
    edited May 2023
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    wowmee said:
    Hi all, 
    I've been in receipt of esau and pip since 2014 due to mental health issues, I've been assessed at a psychiatric unit and on my previous review the paperwork from the assessment was sent into the DWP, I used to see my GP every 2-3 months prior to the covid pandemic, bit since that I've seen her 2 times in the last 2 years, last year when I saw her she was writing to the psychiatric unit for another referral for a second assessment,  but that was in June last year and it seems impossible to get an appointment to speak to my doctor,  also in the last 2 years I've been diagnosed with c6 and c7 osteoarthritis that was diagnosed via an MRI scan, this causes me to be in constant pain, I've been referred for a nerve block injection but that was last year and the pain had subsided somewhat due to being prescribed amyltriptaline (likely spelt wrong) but in the last few months the pain and discomfort has returned although not as painful as it was initially, but this now affects when I walk, and especially getting out of the car to go shopping, now I regularly use a trolly just for support.  Is it worth writing this on the review form as my worst days?  And regarding the gp, I'm just worried that due yo having minimal contact with them, that would go against me, even though I'm waiting for this second referral for assessment. 

    Any advice greatly appreciated. 

    Thank you.
    Your existing award would continue - PROVIDING when you send your form back and evidence that the incompetent 😡 DWP mark the stuff as received. They threaten to take money away from people if they can’t meet their so-called deadlines - we do our job sending job things back but they can’t do theirs 😡. 

    Having a right farce with the DWP right now, just waiting to get notified by text that they have my PIP review form back with them. Every day is more hope than expectation right now, I just have that feeling that I’ll be having to ask for another extension beyond my current 28 May deadline. My stuff was sent back a fortnight ago (3 May) first class. Still nothing to say it’s been received. The system is set up to FAIL disabled people 😡😡😡😡.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm sorry to hear you haven't anything @ChrisSCOPEhtfc94! It's understandably frustrating when you feel so left out of the loop, and when things take so long as well. 

    You might want to give them a call to check on the enquiry line, but I'd understand if you'd rather wait for confirmation. Let us know how things go when you hear more. 

    If we can help in the meantime, just ask :)
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  • ChrisSCOPEhtfc94
    ChrisSCOPEhtfc94 Community member Posts: 153 Courageous
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    I'm sorry to hear you haven't anything @ChrisSCOPEhtfc94! It's understandably frustrating when you feel so left out of the loop, and when things take so long as well. 

    You might want to give them a call to check on the enquiry line, but I'd understand if you'd rather wait for confirmation. Let us know how things go when you hear more. 

    If we can help in the meantime, just ask :)
    I’m going to be a better person when it’s scanned as received Alex, it’s just a pain in the backside waiting for them to mark things as received. When it’s marked as delivered I won’t have anything else to do for the time being until I hear anything else, it’ll be over to them. I hope I won’t have to attend a face to face consultation and that it’s a paper based review. Didn’t have to do that before. 

    Whoever deals with scanning items as received I don’t think they’ll have ANY THOUGHT for the claimants and the stress they cause, it’s not their money. 
  • ChrisSCOPEhtfc94
    ChrisSCOPEhtfc94 Community member Posts: 153 Courageous
    edited May 2023
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    I'm sorry to hear you haven't anything @ChrisSCOPEhtfc94! It's understandably frustrating when you feel so left out of the loop, and when things take so long as well. 

    You might want to give them a call to check on the enquiry line, but I'd understand if you'd rather wait for confirmation. Let us know how things go when you hear more. 

    If we can help in the meantime, just ask :)
    I have bad autism so my anxiety is through the roof I’d say. The deadline was extended to 28 May from the old one of 14 May. The form and care plan were sent back first class 2 weeks ago today (Wed 3 May). So they were both sent back a long time before the deadline but until I know they’ve done the scanning, how can I settle? It’s impossible. 
  • wowmee
    wowmee Community member Posts: 17 Connected
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    Hi all, thanks for the response,  I've claimed pip for 9 years and never had an assessment just an automatic award. Maybe I've been lucky? I've always met all the descriptors with what I've written and with the evidence that I've sent back,  my condition has never gotten better in all of this time,  some of my mental health issues I suffer with are suicidal thoughts, PTSD, social anxiety and many more, my question was related to the osteoarthritis in c6 and c7 vertebrae in my neck that was officially diagnosed via a MRI scan of which causes me on at least 5 days a week alot of pain and the struggle to walk and lift items, and wanted to know if I should add this condition to my list on the dwp form or shouldn't I.

    And I hope Chris that they do receive your forms, it's always a worry when the dwp ask give you a deadline but never acknowledge receipt. 


  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    I would say you can add that to the form @wowmee as it's having an impact on your day to day for a majority of the time. I hope the review goes okay, and please ask if you need anything else :) 

    @ChrisSCOPEhtfc94 as wowmee says I hope they do get back to you soon, I understand it's difficult to settle. If you've got good support at home or from loved ones you can get in touch with, lean on them for support and try and focus on things you enjoy for now, if you can. 
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  • 2oldcodgers
    2oldcodgers Posts: 743 Connected
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    wowmee said:
    Hi all, thanks for the response,  I've claimed pip for 9 years and never had an assessment just an automatic award. Maybe I've been lucky? I've always met all the descriptors with what I've written and with the evidence that I've sent back,  my condition has never gotten better in all of this time,  some of my mental health issues I suffer with are suicidal thoughts, PTSD, social anxiety and many more......
    You are extremely lucky I would suggest.
    Even more so that you have never had your mental health difficulties questioned by either an assessor or the DWP.
    All I can say is that when I tried to claim PIP on my move from DLA the assessor came to the conclusion that my mental health issues were in my head so to speak - a figment of my imagination despite reams of evidence proving the real situation.
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