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    Had home assessment today - terminated after 15 minutes

    I had my home assessment for PIP this morning for severe anxiety and depression. Assessor turned up on time, but I was in a terrible state before she even arrived. My partner answered the door to her, came in introduced herself, she was a mental health nurse. She was gentle, calm and friendly. The build up to this assessment has been horrendous for me. Today when she finally arrived it pushed me right over the edge. I managed to show her my ID and give her the details of the medical treatment I'm currently receiving. That was about it. My partner was here with me, and he spoke to her more than I did. After telling her about my thoughts of self harm (and also telling her I would never kill myself because of my 3 year old and he means the world to me) she said she was going to terminate the assessment. That was 15 minutes in. I was in a terrible state by then. She said she had read my form and had all my medical evidence. She said she should have never been sent to give me an assessment in the first place. I don't know what to think now. I had so many points I wanted to get across, and feel cross with myself and frustrated for not being stronger.

    My mind is a mush now and I feel dreadful. This PIP process has been worse than I could ever have imagined and I wouldn't have applied if I'd known how awful it would make me feel. Previously I got DLA after just filling a form in. I think the worst part has been accessing my psychiatric notes myself and reading things in them I never would have seen about the long term prognosis for my condition. The DWP should be getting this information not claimants especially those with severe mental health problems.
    Last edited by BellJar; 18-05-17 at 09:37.

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    It sounds like you had the right assessor and that for a change one that was aware of your condition and medical evidence. It is never a good idea to speculate on the outcome of any f2f but I would not worry about it being terminated early as your HCP has all the evidence to make her report.
    Anything expressed is my opinion only and is offered in good faith. It is either from my own experiance or what I have learned on my journey. Take it for what it is or leave it alone. With best wishes D.

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    Thank you David. I can't help but go over in my mind what happened this morning. I found it really traumatic, but the assessor was very sensitive to my feelings and stated it wouldn't be right for her to continue with me being so distressed. I'm frustrated I didn't get to make the points I wanted to make, and ask questions but it's done now.

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    I'm frustrated I didn't get to make the points I wanted to make, and ask questions but it's done now.
    My thoughts exactly. I do hope you are ok now. I'm just busy collecting and collating additional info to back up what was said in the initial Pip application form and what wasn't said in the assessment (with a view to passing it on).
    Last edited by phillius; 18-05-17 at 19:10.

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    I've just summoned up the courage to phone Capita about my assessment yesterday. I just wanted to double check that they didn't want me to have another assessment. The person on the phone had to speak to her manager and they couldn't confirm anything and told me to ring back the beginning of next week. I can't believe they would be so cruel as to put me through that again (well sadly I can believe it). If they insist on another assessment I will have to refuse. I have a weekend of anxiety ahead of me now not knowing.

    Edited to say Capita have just phoned me up. The same lady I spoke to earlier phoned to say she they had looked on the system at what happened yesterday at my assessment and they would pass my case onto HCP and would try and do a paper based assessment. I said I would be happy to give them any more information they need over the phone. She did ask if I was okay. She didn't want me to to be anxious about having another assessment as that probably won't be the case. It may take up 2 weeks for the paper assessment and was told to call if I hadn't heard anything by the 29th May. I thanked her for calling and I'm now feeling more at ease. But like everyone here will be glad when this whole process is over.
    Last edited by BellJar; 19-05-17 at 13:49.

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    Hi belljar. what you have said i think you will be fine. Its like they have enough to make a decision so its just sitting and waiting game now.
    Plus the assessor was mh nurse.
    You can call and ask for the pa4 to be sent out to you.
    good luck.

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