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Assessor asked if someone else could listen in, and they asked a few questions. Is this normal?

ponies
ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
edited October 14 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi there had a Pip assessment on Tuesday, telephone assessment.
I was very Anxious on the phone
although the Assessor was very patient & had a calm manor, I was still very anxious about the whole thing. I was asked if someone else from assessment centre could listen into the call, wouldn’t say anything to me during the assessment, but maybe ask me something afterwards.
The assessment seemed long 1hour 30mins.
The other party did ask me a couple of questions at the end…
is this a normal procedure 
thanks

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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,516 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @ponies - I'm sorry you felt so anxious with your assessment, tho I think we all are to a certain extent. Yes, everything else is normal too, & assessment lengths can vary widely. :)
  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    Thanks
    I hope I explained myself well enough about how my disabilities affect me.
    This is the first time that I have applied for Pip.
    I didn’t realise how long it took…
    I know people are anxious about assessments.
    I know people have to learn the training & procedure…
    It was a bit daunting for me. I don’t know how it went, & was still shaken after it. I was told to wait 5-8wks for the outcome, but could hear b4 that time scale. Was told it now goes to a case manager to review & if they need more information, the case manager could ring me…
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,752 Disability Gamechanger
    Not sure what you mean by "learn the training." There's no training involved for the claimant. The timescale you were told by the assessor is what they tell everyone but they have no idea of the size of the backlogs, which are huge. At the moment it can be anything from 2-12 weeks, sometimes longer once the assessment is done.
    It's rare for the decision maker to ring so i wouldn't expect that.
  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    I meant the person listening in to the assessment, thought that maybe was for training purposes for them and not me…
    yep was told if they needed anymore info from me, I could get a phone call.
    or if of my circumstances change to contact DWP
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,752 Disability Gamechanger
    ponies said:

    or if of my circumstances change to contact DWP
    That alone, is terrible advice. A change of condition doesn't always need to be reported.

  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    Oh right, it’s only I have an ongoing appointment for IBS & if I have it, to let them know
  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    Although I did explain the affects of my bowels
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,752 Disability Gamechanger
    Future appointments won't help a PIP claim.
  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    Oh I didn’t know that…
    even though I haven’t as yet been diagnosed with IBS & I know it’s not the diagnosis but how things affect you (my bowels) is it still counted towards points 
    thanks poppy123456
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,752 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP is all about the activities/descriptors and you need to score points for an award. There's 10 daily living activies and 2 mobilit ones. You need to score at least 8 points for a standard award and at least 12 points for Enhanced. If you score points in both daily living and mobility, they are not added up together, it's added separately.
    For your bowels then this would come under toilet needs and incontinece. There are other activities such as washing/bathing, preparing a meal, budgeting, dressing/undressing etc.
    It would be very helpful to have some understanding of the descriptors and what they mean before you go any further. See link. https://pipinfo.net/#activities
    You can have a disability but if you don't meet the descriptors you won't score the points for an award. I'm not saying you don't qualify because i don't know exactly how your conditions affect you. Before you go further it would be worth getting some expert advice to check that you do qualify. Start here for this.




  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    Thank you poppy123456
    it is my toilet needs & Incontinence as it does affect me 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,752 Disability Gamechanger
    Are there any other descriptors that you think you could score points for? There are 9 other ones, just relying on the one descriptor to score 8 points for an award is an awful lot to ask and it may not be possible to score so high for this.
  • ponies
    ponies Member Posts: 100 Connected
    Yes there are other descriptors. 

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