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Pip telephone assessment

CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
So, originally had an appointment for wednesday at 1.45. Phone finally rang at 2.15 to tell me that the person had taken ill, was gutted, had not slept, had chest pains and blood pressure spiking. Fortunately, they had another slot for today at 9.15...
She gave me her name and told me she was a nurse and most of the questions went very quickly as although I have medication for asthma, cholesterol,  high blood pressure it was purely on the grounds of mental health that I applied.
So, kicking myself for applying as I had no problems with anything physical and none with managing finances etc. We got on to my mental health...I explained I avoided going out unless absolutely necessary ie. For meds, appointments and any missing shopping items that hadn't t been delivered...I had never in my life been anywhere unfamiliar alone, I'd walk over hot coals to see my granddaughter but getting on a train to Pontifract was an impossibility...
She asked me how it made me feel, meeting other people and I told her how I felt my very existence was offensive , I had no business being here while other people suffered and died...there was a lot more she said I must tell the health professionals everything I had told her and I said I've never actually told them a lot of the things that I'd told her, just very general stuff about feeling depressed.
She seemed un impressed with the help I'd gotten after a suicide attempt and the help I was getting now.
She said she had everything she needed and would emphasise the mental health problems, because there's being down and then there's....
She asked me if I had any questions which I didnt...she then said "you'll get another assessment like this in twelve months, to see if I'm any better or worse and if I'd received the counselling " And I thought has she just told me that I'll be successful with my claim?
Needless to say, trying not to make too much of that comment and will request a copy of the report in a week.
She also told me to hold on and keep taking the meds and with the councelling, in a year or so, I could look back and feel things had got better...
Which I thought kind.
So glad it's over!


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    It would be impossible to speculate anything at this point. The HCP isn't supposed to tell you anything at all because they don't make the decision's, they only make recommendations.

    All i can advise is that you wait a week and then ring DWP to request a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you. Once you receive this you'll be able to look at the PIP descriptors online and compare the recommendations in the report with them and be able to add up any recommended points.

    Usually they go with the report, it's rare to go against it, although it can happen. Other than that all you can do is wait.

    Good luck.
    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.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,648 Disability Gamechanger
    I hope it goes well for you @cress, best wishes.
  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Thanks Poppy...feels like a weight lifted...of course if I'm not successful I will be back here asking for advice re an mr and saying how unfair it all is...lol
  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Thank you @leeCal .
    Just getting it over with has brought a sense of calm...
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,126 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Cress - & thank you for the update; I bet you are glad that it's all over, & I hope you feel a bit better now. As Poppy says, the assessor shouldn't make comments as to when you might get another assessment, they just write a report, etc., then it's up to the DWP Decision Maker. I hope it all goes well too. :)
  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Many thanks @chiarieds yes, so glad it's over!
    Everyone here understands and has to go through it too, and so glad it was over the phone.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,137 Disability Gamechanger
    @cress glad it is all over for now and fingers crossed it is a successful claim sk you dont have to take it further 

    Let us know what the outcome is 
  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Thank you @janer1967
    I may wait for the decision letter...think I'd like to enjoy the relief of having it over with rather then ask for bad news...lol
    But yes, I will certainly update on the decision.
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,989

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    It must be a good feeling to know it's done at least @Cress. Are you up to anything nice tonight to unwind? 
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  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    @Tori_Scope it is a very good feeling...celebrating with netflix, a cup of tea and a bag of minstrels.
    That's as wild as I get...lol
    Hope you are keeping well.
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,989

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    Sounds lovely @Cress! Enjoy. 

    I am very well thanks for asking :) 
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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,990

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    @Cress Good luck with the outcome of your telephone assessment!  Scope are collecting people's feedback about the telephone assessments, if you'd like to share your thoughts on this survey.

    You mentioned having counselling, are you on a waiting list or have you heard anything about an appointment?  The feelings you describe having sound really tough and I want to emphasise that our community is always here should you need to speak to someone.  <3  
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  • CressCress Member Posts: 498 Pioneering
    Thanks @Cher_Scope I really appreciate being able to come here...I'm on a waiting list for counselling. 
    Completed the survey.🙂
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