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Face to face consultations - recording your interview

Shnagglepop
Shnagglepop Member Posts: 7 Listener
edited July 2020 in PIP, DLA, and AA
I am trying to help set up something to help people who wish to record their face to face interviews, i am aware that most interviews are currently taking place online or on the phone but i want to be set up and ready for when F2F becomes the norm again. I need to know what devices you are allowed to record on? I know it has to be cassette tape or CD but i need to know, can you record on two seperate devices or does it need to be a singular device that can record two tapes/CDs at the same time? Thankyou 
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,181 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/418925/wca-audio-recording-policy-march_2015.pdf

    Have a read of the above which covers it, note there is NO legal right to record the assessment, and request to do so are uncommon.
    Also NO assessments have been done online during the pandemic.
    Nice try though.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • Shnagglepop
    Shnagglepop Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Thankyou I'll have a read though that is about ESA , i tried calling the PIP line and I was told by them that currently all assessments are done by phone or over webcam, which is why i wrote that. I still plan to try to set something up so that people can borrow the recording devices if they want to. I think it will be helpful as i was unaware i could even record until after my assessment so i hope to help people if I can. 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    I would also add that recording the assessment rarely happens because the HCP can simply refuse to consent. It also speaks to the wrong focus. Yes the DWP decision maker doesn't make a decision until they get the HCP report and yes they usually follow the HCP recommendations but that mostly results in awards. 

    Where it doesn't result in an award you are off to MR, where your recording to be blunt, won't even get listened to as they most likely simply don't have the facilities. After that you're off to appeal. At the appeal stage evidence is (as often happens with DMs to be fair) considered in the round and very little time is spent on the HCP report as tribunals can quickly gauge the credibility of a report without any input from a claimant. You're effectively kicking at an open door and, to mix metaphors, using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

    At all stages of the PIP process the key thing is not the HCP report but the level of detail and anecdote in the claim pack and the strength of supporting evidence and explanations. So, yes, if you fail to mention the reason you're not on meds is because all of them have disagreed with you, a HCP can conclude your ill health is probably not as serious as you assert and if they do that then that's on you for not thinking to plug that gap in your evidence by thinking to explain why no meds. It's not on a HCP. 

    Your energy with PIP is always better addressed to the strength of your own case in the first instance rather than any perceived weakness in the HCP report. Those weaknesses often only exist because claimants don't know what it is they're claiming in the first place and can't see the gaping holes in their own case. 
  • johnnyy85
    johnnyy85 Member Posts: 28 Listener
    do you think recording puts pressure on the assesor ? 
  • Shnagglepop
    Shnagglepop Member Posts: 7 Listener
    No I just think that having evidence if you need a mandatory reconsideration is a good idea. I have heard from many sources that their award improved due to recording their assessment.

    I want to help other people to have a fighting chance during their MR, when they can't afford the tape recorders and tapes etc 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,504 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    Having had mutliple ESA and PIP assessments i'd prefer to concentrate on filling out my form with all the information, than think about recording the assessment. It's bad enough just thinking about the assessment on the day without having to worrying about recording it, my stress levels would be through the roof and i'd be so flustered i'd forget what i want to say. So for me, no thanks, i wouldn't record the assessment.

    Of course it's entirely up to the individual person whether they choose to record it.
  • Shnagglepop
    Shnagglepop Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Exactly and their are people who would like it :) not like I can make em contact me xD if someone doesn't like the idea they won't search for it x
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,181 Disability Gamechanger
    As @mikehughescq points out a recording probably won't even get listened to during an MR, TBH i some what doubt that you have heard from "many sources" that awards improved when recorded, as I pointed out above recordings are uncommon. I'm sure your idea was meant for the best BUT it is i'm afraid probably a waste of your time.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • Shnagglepop
    Shnagglepop Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I am a wheelchair userauser part of many communities online with other disabled people who have discussed the topic with me when I've asked the question. 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,265 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    @Shnagglepop - It seems there is already a scheme in certain parts of England & Wales to lend appropriate equipment to record a PIP f2f assessment. See: https://dpac.uk.net/2019/10/put-pip-and-wca-assessments-on-the-record-a-call-to-action-ontherecord/  but I'm unsure how accurate this source is, or how old.
    But, as mentioned above, is this 'evidence' going to be helpful? As @woodbine also says, 'I'm sure your idea was meant for the best,' but whilst it may pick up on some 'inaccuracies' in the Health Care Professionals report, it may also pick up on an unfortunate inadequacy in the claimant's responses if they are unaware that PIP is about their functional ability, i.e. the functional effects their disability has in their activities of daily living, &/mobility, as detailed above.
    This seems the most appropriate advice to get across if you'd like to help a lot of people. As Mike Hughes says,
    'At all stages of the PIP process the key thing is not the HCP report but the level of detail and anecdote in the claim pack and the strength of supporting evidence and explanations.'


  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    edited July 2020
    Hard to garner much enthusiasm for this to be honest. Few HCPs consent. No DWP office has the facility to listen to cd or cassette and tribunals almost never. So what you’re really setting up is the equivalent of a seaside memento. A memory of a day out. It’s just throwing money away and, to reiterate something I’ve said in multiple threads, proving a HCP report wrong or incomplete or inaccurate 

    a - is ludicrously easy. It simply requires the ability to read.

    b - does not get you PIP.

    It’s exactly the obsession with the HCP report - if I could just fix this one aspect of the process to go in my favour - which creates the issues which lead to unsuccessful claims. Build a case for PIP rather than against a HCP is my new mantra.

    If people have money to burn buy in some training on form filling.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    My understanding is that at least some of those schemes to coin a phrase “fell on their ****”.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,181 Disability Gamechanger
    I am a wheelchair userauser part of many communities online with other disabled people who have discussed the topic with me when I've asked the question. 
    Thats a bit like adverts you see on TV for shampoo where at the bottom of the screen it says 94% of woman agree it made their hair better read it carefully and it says 94% out of 32 surveyed, I can't repeat often enough that very few people have their assessments recorded usually as others have said because the HCP refuses, no amount of equipment will get over that hurdle.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • katho31
    katho31 Posts: 692 Connected
    Please respect a poster's opinion, it isn't okay when someone is quite new to the forum to start disregarding their views and furthermore refer to television adverts and their surveys to somehow prove a point. Be kind.
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Please use the 'Spam button appropriately. We all have different opinions and need to respect that, whether we agree or disagree. 

    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,504 Disability Gamechanger
    I don't see anything wrong with @woodbine's comment and i also don't understand why it's been marked as spam. I don't know why there's so many posts being marked as spam on the forum at the moment.

    There's a huge difference between someone opinion and giving incorect advice/information..
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

    Scope community team

    Hello @Shnagglepop and a very warm welcome to the community.

    While you'll have noticed there is some debate about the effectiveness of recording assessments it's understandable many people still want to record them and feel happier knowing it's being recorded. So it's very nice of you to be looking at ways to help people that wish to record them.

    It's quite long but the DWP guidance on recording equipment can be found on DWP's PIP Assessment Guide - Part One - The Assessment Process (page 31)

    I've not used them myself but I've seen this Cassette Player and Recorder recommended on the community quite regularly, but you'll need two which isn't always practical. A dual one may be better. 

    Best of luck with your endeavour and please let us know how it goes. :)
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  • Shnagglepop
    Shnagglepop Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I've taken onboard everyone's comments but I will still be moving forward with the idea as I know there are people who would love something like this in place for them. Not every MR is the same and some will listen to the tapes. Not every person is the same, some want this sort of thing as an option.
    Even if I only help a small amount of people it will be worth it. And if I receive feedback that it's making things worse for people then I will re-evaluate.

     But I do agree that noone should have pressed the spam button on someone's opinion when they're only trying to help.
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

    Scope community team

    I’m pleased you’re going to continue @Shnagglepop

    There is always a demand for help recording assessments. It would be worth ensuring anyone using it knows the pros and cons and is aware of how they’re allowed to use the recording (it’s in the guide I linked in my message above). 
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