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Assessment done. 😊

Mumof2dsMumof2ds Member Posts: 148 Pioneering
Hi everyone. 

Well after reading the experiences of others during their PIP assessment I felt so  paniky and stressed to hell as the date rolled up, but nothing to hide, I was just me,  and went in with my folder, forms and self readyas I ever was going to be. 

My husband dropped me off very early, but luckily they were open at 8.20 am ( 9 am appointment) 

The receptionist was very friendly and seemed kind and I then realised it was her I had actually spoken to yesterday, they rang the day before to remind me to attend. 

I was then told I had been checked in, and the assessor would look at my notes and come and get me when ready. She gave me forms for travel expenses, to complete and post back. 

Assessor came about 15/20 minutes later and collected me from the waiting area and down to her room. She was a nurse and it was just the two of us  which put my mind at rest, as felt it would be more of a grilling, and more of a interview type thing, with a few people.

We went through the history of my illness, duration, timelines, and anything and everything relevant, then moved onto each section,  as the forms, I had copies of my PIP I filled in so referred to exactly what I had written previously if I needed it. 

My updates were noted, as official diagnosis, was given to my in hospital on 10/9/18 and my firms pre dated that, so she updated any relevant parts, and we went through each section. 

No different than the forms, she put me at my ease, did some light checks, physical and mental tests, memory, counting backwards, but concentrated on my anxiety and Depression, and strengths and lists of any updated  medications for those, and talked about my physiotherapy, hearing therapist, and ENT specialists, Neurologists etc. 

All in all I felt I gave clear answers, she was comfortable to talk to and not scary. Just be yourselves, say things as they are and don't hide anything. She was asking how I am on a bad day during episodes, or drop  attacks, also asked how I was when I'm not having episodes. Glad it is  over and now we wait ....thanks for support everyone beforehand, since I joined. 

Thanks @chiz for thoughts XX 

How Ironic Pip has had her P.I.P XX 😘 

Pip X Mumof2ds.  



Politeness costs nothing, but goes a long way in life. 
 Always look out for each other. Be kind. 
 Hugs and smiles mean the world. XX 

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  • chizchiz Member Posts: 59 Courageous
    @Mumof2ds
    Really isnt as scary as we think 🤗 so glad its over for us both , like you said flipping waiting game now . Did the nurse say anything as you was leaving , like dont worry or anything x
    Ellen x
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Good luck. Ring DWP about 1 week from now and ask them to send you a copy of the assessment report, this will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be as they mostly go with the report.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Mumof2dsMumof2ds Member Posts: 148 Pioneering
    Hi @chiz The end was a blur by then, think brain fog got the better of me, but she was talking timeframes, but I can't remember what she said now ? 🤣 Thanks @poppy123456. Have screen shot your advice, so I can find it again. 

    With elder son going to Uni, and staying with my Dad two days of this week all a bit of a blur. 🤣🙄 
    Pip XX 
    Politeness costs nothing, but goes a long way in life. 
     Always look out for each other. Be kind. 
     Hugs and smiles mean the world. XX 
  • Mumof2dsMumof2ds Member Posts: 148 Pioneering
    Morning everyone. 

    Had my assessment last Friday 21/9/18 - received a text this morning - 

    "We've received the written report of your PIP assessment. We will write to you once we've made a decision on your PIP. As a guide you should hear from us within 6 weeks. You don't need to contact us unless any of the details you gave us have changed. Thank you." 
    Now we wait. 
    P X 
    Politeness costs nothing, but goes a long way in life. 
     Always look out for each other. Be kind. 
     Hugs and smiles mean the world. XX 
  • Mumof2dsMumof2ds Member Posts: 148 Pioneering
    @poppy123456
    Hi there, you were saying last week - give it a week then give DWP a ring and ask for report? 

    Guessing I ring original number who sent me the pack in the first place? As reports go back to them for decision, is that correct? 

    Thanks in advance. P X 
    Politeness costs nothing, but goes a long way in life. 
     Always look out for each other. Be kind. 
     Hugs and smiles mean the world. XX 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    No, you don't ring the claims line, it's the ongoing claims number you ring. 0800 121 4433. When you receive that report there will be boxes with dots or ticks somewhere in there. Use the PIP descriptors to compare and add up any points that maybe recommended, this will give you the score. Usually the decision maker goes with the report. Good luck and hopefully you're not waiting too long.

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Mumof2dsMumof2ds Member Posts: 148 Pioneering
    Thanks very much @poppy123456, much appreciated. 

    EveryonesE always so helpful here thank you  
    P X 
    Politeness costs nothing, but goes a long way in life. 
     Always look out for each other. Be kind. 
     Hugs and smiles mean the world. XX 
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