Bit of a PIP update
I had my assessment yesterday, nearly five months after my initial application
Made the initial phone call on 11th June 13 2013
Received the form 24th July 2013
Sent it back on the 16th August 2013
Had my Assessment 15th October 2013
Apparently the whole process is meant to take 10 weeks
It probably would have taken me longer to get an appointment if I hadn’t called them every week to check if there were any available appointments in my area (Wednesday evening or Thursday mornings is the best time to call as then they get a list of available appointments)
Any ways I went to the appointment the doctor with my mother who took notes and also explained my condition.
The assessor was nice and asked me come questions about my condition and how it affects me, about my social life, work, how I clean myself, cook ect.
He also asked about my Medications, how much I tool and how often
I then had a physical exam, nothing to strenuous just had to put my hands up and he tried to push them down, touch toes ect
He didn’t ask me how far I could walk or have me walk with him watching like in my blue badge assessment so I am slightly concerned about that.
Otherwise the assessor seemed sympathetic and also seemed to believe that I wasn’t faking it
I also brought my recent letters from my GP, Rhumey to be included in my application.
The assessments took place at a normal GP practice and there didn’t seem to be any cameras, when my mum asked the assessor how often he did PIP assessments as the reception staff didn’t even know what PIP was he said that he has to travel to various GPs round London and Luton doing assessments (Which explains why it took so long for me to get an appointment)
He also said it would take 6 weeks for a decision to be made following my assessment.
Hope this helps anyone who is going the their PIP application
If anyone has any specific questions I would be more than happy to answer them