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Please . I need advice as I am attending a Job centre Plus Interview

Hi I dont know if anyone can help me But as I am attending a Job Centre Plus Interview in a few days What do I need to take with me? I am thinking maybe List of medication , but if anybody has had this interview before and can advise me with anything else that is advisable to take I would be very appreciative .........

If you have any (blue link) URL? Information I can print off and take with me that would be appreciated too.

Do you think I should take some literature (if I can find anything appropriate that is :) that will explain to the person or persons interviewing me explaining what is Fibromyalgia as so many people in my experience dont know what Fibro is even

I have just re read the letter they sent me and it is saying basically Having advice on helping people who receive benefit due to incapacity to take the first steps into work ....

I Feel its going to be a meeting to see if there is possibly anything I will be able do do in a work capacity even though I have Fibro ( 18 years ) with quite a few of the syndromes ie IBS, Fibro Fog Anxiety Depression etc ..................... And have just been informed I have to have major spinal surgery due to pinched nerves in my lumber disc. So Thats what I think this interview is going to be about

My so called Ability to do some work .... Hope that helps Thank you

Hugs and smiles

Bri x

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what is the interview for? Have you just left work and want to claim ESA? Have you been assessed by ATOS? Have you got a letter saying you have been put in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG)

A little more information regarding what the interview is for would help you get replies :)

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Hi there

I have just re read the letter they sent me and it is saying basically Having advice on helping people who eceive benefit due to incapacity to take the first steps into work .... I Feel its going to be a meeting to see if there is possibley anything I will be able do do in a work capacity even though I have Fibro with quite a few of the syndromes ie IBS, Fibro Fog Anxiety Depression etc ..................... And have just been informed I have to have major spinal surgery due to pinched nerves in my lumber disc. So Thats what I think this interview is going to be about

My so called Ability to do some work .... Hope that helps Thank you

Hugs and smiles

Bri :) x

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Hi Bri,

I am wondering if you may be describing the Job Centre Plus 'Pathway to work' by Shaw Trust scheme. Does it mention in partnership with Shaw Trust anywhere on the letter at all?

Emma

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Hi again, I've not heard of that one so don't feel able to help you. Hopefully somebody who has had the same letter may be able to advise you better.

Good luck with the interview :)

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can't answer your question, but I've had the same letter myself already. am assuming they'll want to guage from fresh what I can and can't do in terms of a job, before they start suggesting jobs I can write off for. At my age and with my experience, I should be teaching them how to do their job ffs!

Oh well, good luck with your interview. Let us know how it goes. I've got mine in 3 weeks' time.

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Hello there thank you for replying to my blog ..... I have re read the letter that was sent to me from Job centre plus and the Heading states Employment and Support Allowance (Personal Adviser Interview )

ESA .,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It goes on to say " Quote " Our adviser who you will see is specialist trained and has a great deal of experience in helping people receiving benefiits due to an incapacity to take the first steps into work. "

Not sure if this is enlightening at all Hope so

Thank you

Hugs and Smiles :) xo

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Hi Bri,

Work Capability Assessment (WCA) maybe? as part of ESA ?

If you email info@fibroaction.org , FibroAction can email you the DLA & ESA Benefits & Works Guides for free

These guides may help you prepare you for the interview

Best Wishes

Emma

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That is exactly why they are interviewing you, to see if there is anything they can do to help to get you back into work. The best thing you can do is go to the interview as if you were having one of your worst days, always looks better. I had an interview with a benefits adviser, not for ESA but because I was claiming soemthing else and she told me straight 'the minute you tell a prospective employer about your health you may as well just walk straight back out again, they won't employ you if they can get someone in good health'. Take your meds list with you if you have one, or better still get a print off from your GP. I hoep all goes well for you xxxxx

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Hi BriPat

I had my work capability intervew in June I was asked if my details (ailments etc) were the same or had they changed, like yourself I have similar problems, and told her that some probs were the same while others were getting worse (my fibro), asking me to check over the details she held, she showed me my list on her PC. the list contained all of the problems I have and still am suffering, I gave it close scrutiny and said all the details held were true and correct. She was observing me and said I can see you are in great pain and that she would make my next assessment in approx 6-9 months, I then asked her what information she had recieved from my ATOS ESA50 Interview, she told me that there was no mention of any illnesses or ailments in their report and in their Dr's opinion I was suffering from Depression but it was felt that I could possibly return to work within 18months. To sum up I took my letter and meds and to be honest in my opinion the interviewer was very understanding. Hope this helps. KatiMaiTay

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Hi to you all who have kindly taken time out to reply to my questions I have taken all the advice you have all given me thank you and will let you know the outcome of the interview which is on Thursday Thank you all once again and I do appreciate it

Hugs and Smiles :) Bri x

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Best of luck BriPat, if we can help in any way, please let us know. We will always do our best to help and support you in any way we can.

Wishing you all the best for Thursday, please let us know how you get on. :)

Take care. (((hug))) xxx

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It sounds like one of the letters they send out to be people in the ESA-WRAG group (Work-Related Activity Group).

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In that group they are obliged to tell you about the 'Work Programme'. Don't feel pressured to go it. These providers get money for everyone they can remove from benefits. It's not yet mandatory (except if people have a 3 month prognosis to be back in work).

Hope this helps and good luck for your interview. :-)

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