Hello everyone I hope you are all as well as can be and staying safe. I have my telephone PIP assessment tomorrow morning and I am feeling extremely nervous and my anxiety level has gone through the roof. This is my first time claiming PIP (I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia) and I am feeling totally overwhelmed by the prospect of it all.
Extremely nervous about PIP assessment - Fibromyalgia Acti...
Hi i would maybe even go further and put a big chart on back of door with the 12 questions and you answers on that to each question separate to remind you as you may have 2 or 3 answers to 1 question you get points for ,you do not know wot they will ask thats an issiue as well ,a wee example on 1 question you could say you get help ,you use an aid etc or 3 points apply to 1 question then they will decide which nunber of points to give you if any to that 1 question ,aids alone can get you enough care points and they are good to fall back on if you do not get the higher points ,and even prompting thats mainly for severe mental health, try be in chair 20 mins before ,it is easy to forget things if you rush or panick and sometimes with telephone appointments you say after it oh i forget to say that ,try be relaxed and ready for them in plenty of time ,p.s im sure the telephone appointments are better for many,hope it goes good for you,p.s the chart or just wot ever suits you and your comfortable with
Hi, good luck for tomorrow - i have mine on the 12th so im too very nervous and have been trying to see how other people have got on, i will say lately i have read more success stories with the phone calls than i have the F2F and also more people have said how the assessor has seemed understanding - so fingers crossed for you, is it super early? mines 11.45am so thank god not 8am as i would be a sleepy mess! xxx
Hi, I too have my assessment tomorrow morning and like yourself feel really nervous about it. I can’t wait for it to be all over. It was stressful enough getting the application completed and sent off.
I hope it goes well for you, stay calm and just answer the questions truthfully. That’s what i’m trying to tell myself! Will you have someone with you? Sending you big hugs 🤗 and good luck.
At least that person cant see you.You could be asked everything that was asked when you filled in your questionnaire booklet so try n remember.have lots written down so you can fall back on.Remember to say how much you struggle with every day tasks.One thing I said was I couldn't open a jar so levered it with a spoon.If you dont have anyone to support you make a strong point on this Remember it's not how you cope every day so tell them of your worst days. They cant judge you on how you look so if you have managed to dress ok etc they cant say that you manage ok.You will be great.good luck
I can understand your anxiety over this but rest assured, I imagine it will be less stressful than a F2F. I wish I had the option for a telephone call. You can’t see the person. They won’t be judging you on your every move or lying. Most of the telephone calls will be recorded so they can’t lie.
I had a full blown panic attack during my F2F which resulted in the assessor escorting me out the back entrance to leave and on the report it states I showed no signs of anxiety or stress. Not sure how they come to that conclusion?!
I am now waiting on a tribunal appointment. Devastated to have to do this AGAIN! 😔
I wish you all the luck in the world for today. Please keep us updated. Xxx
I had a similar situation and went to tribunal for my son (he came, but was terrified) As I was scarred by the p.i.p assessment, I was scared, and sceptical when the people at the court were friendly. However, it went well - the panel had thoroughly read my response and aside from one area they questioned, they agreed with my counter arguments on all counts. We were awarded a fair outcome, so I was flabbergasted!
Where it didnt go right was due to my son having walked from where we parked the car to the court. They asked about it and determined he didnt have sufficient problems with mobility to receive the higher rate. However, what I failed to mention was he had stopped after 2 mins and afterwards he had to sleep for several hours. As we got the other points awarded, I decided to address that at his next review.
Good luck - I imagine it will go better than the face to face assessment. A high proportion are awarded what they should be, at tribunal
There is actually a paper based form for the first part as well as the second part. DWP don't want people to know about this and it is very difficult to get them to send the form to you. I gotMP to get them to do it after being ignored three times.
A paper based form is much better as you have time to think about what you are going to put.
Fingers crossed for you - hope it goes well, i have read on here that some peeps have had a decision in 2 weeks after the call, are you going to phone and ask for a copy of the report? i called after 2 days with my daughters claim and got a copy the next day, u can normally get an idea of what your award will be from that! xx
Hi everyone, thank you all for replying and being so supportive and giving me advise. I have now had my telephone assessment, The lady I spoke to did ask some very strange questions which I feel had nothing to actually do with my health conditions as well as a lot of questions about my health conditions and what I can or cant do, although she did seemed nice. Now.its just a waiting game to see what the outcome will be. Sending gentle hugs and loads of love to you all x
Wishing you all good luck for your results. It is so stressful and worrying for us all, I had enough stress and worrying filling in the form. I am waiting for my date to come through not sure how long everyone had to wait to get an appointment for f2f or telephone assessment I sent my form in March and have had a letter to say they gave received it but nothing else. Any ideas how long I have wait. It is so worrying it makes me feel quite ill with the areas of it all??keep well and safe everyone x
I had confirmation on 26th March from DWP to say they had my application. I had a phone call roughly about 3 weeks after asking asking if i’m happy with a telephone assessment. Had appointment letter through about 2 weeks ago and had the assessment today. I hope that helps. May be worth ringing dwp and just mention you haven’t heard anything. Timings could be different in various Boroughs. Wishing you luck and hope you hear something soon 🤞🤗 x
thank you so mu h for letting me know, i have rung them and was told f2f suspended 3months and they should be in touch that was on the 23rd March and nothing since so i ma ringing them as i type, well holding on as i type. it is so frustrating as i am trying to get sickness benefit and that is too taking ages and have contacted them but was told to wait to hear. it is so difficult as i have no income and just thank god for my family who are helping out and have been trying to get this all sorted since January, but i suppose we are all just have to play the waiting game, especially as i sent my claim in before all of the lock down. well hopefully they give me some info. best wishes and good luck with your call and have a lovey weekend to you and all of my fellow sufferes x
just spoke to pip and they said i can call the assessment direct and it may help but of course it did not just told me sorry but will hear but could not tell me any time line, just that i will get a text and then a couple of days later a letter, so i still have to play the waiting game for this and the same with the sickness benefit, it is so hard trying to manage but thank god for my wonderful friends and family. have a great stress free and pain (please god) free weekend. hope your assessment goes well, keeping everything crossed for you even my eyes
Hi, I applied for PIP back in November of last year and like you hadn't heard anything...then I had a text end of April from them asking me to ring them to arrange an assessment over the phone, which I had on the 6th of March.....I am still awaiting the results of this which can take up to 8 weeks.....but yes if you get awarded it they do back date the payment. I hope this helps x