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ellenlow17ellenlow17 Member Posts: 25 Listener
edited November 2017 in PIP, DLA and AA
hi. I’m going for my assessment tomorrow. My main health problems are Fibrmyalgia, arthritis and COPD. Does anyone have any good tips as I’m really not looking forward to it 


  • ellenlow17ellenlow17 Member Posts: 25 Listener
    I should have said...it’s a PIP assessment 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello ellenlow and welcome

    The best thing to do is be yourself.
    We all get used to dealing with our problems and find ways to manage our daily lives. For your assessment,you need to be the you that does not have these coping mechanisms. The assessor needs to see the real you warts and all. Don't make any special effort, you are not going on a date. Keep taking your meds as you normally do If you use walkinfg aids, use them. If you need to stop and rest, do so. The assessor will be watching you from the very first moment you arrive, even in the car park. You do not have to perform any physical test that would mean you are in pain or cause you to suffer, but you must explain your reason for refusing.
    Try to answer questions in the negative. For example if asked
    " Can you walk for 50 m ?" instead of our usual response
    " Yes, but I need to rest every...... "
    The assessor will stop listening at "Yes "
    " No, but if I stop every 5 m or so.........."
    The assessor now has to listen to what you are saying.

    Nobody knows the help you need better than you so it is your job to teach the assessor what it is to be you and what help you need.

    Best odf luck and please come back and let us know how you get on


    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • ellenlow17ellenlow17 Member Posts: 25 Listener
    That’s good advice. Thank you.........BUT
    My assessment was for 3.15 today and journey takes 45 minutes. At 1.30 the assessment centre called me to cancel the appointment due to “sickness” !!  I did ask why they couldn’t at least let me earlier this morning if somebody was off. They could give no reason 
    afterwards, I remembered reading that if appointment is cancelled for ANY reason it’s best to phone DWP to inform them so they don’t think it’s me at fault. I rang them and when I finally got somebody to talk to he dismissed my call as “Atos will let us know”. When I stated 4 times I wanted him to open my file to write the details he finally decided to ask my name!
    I’ve now a 2 week wait and sleepless nights ahead of me   Very frustrated and upset 
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2017
    Oh how frustrating for you @ellenlow17 :(

    We do have a video about preparing for a PIP assessment that might help.

    Senior online community officer
  • ellenlow17ellenlow17 Member Posts: 25 Listener
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