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Well after returning my completed ESA50 form i did have a letter for a face to face assessment a couple of weeks ago. Kept it mostly to myself with the exception of a couple of people because this is how i deal with stress related things in life.
Today was my assessment day and to say i was totally nervous is an understatement! My health hasn't been great the last couple of months either so that didn't help me. It's been 6 years since i had a face to face assessment for ESA because the last one i had was paper based.
HCP was very nice but i won't look into that too much because i know what it can turn into. It was a very quick assessment and only in the room for about 15 minutes and she concentrated only on my mobility and how i manage on a particular day. She did seem to lead the assessment throughout most of it and it seemed like i was just there to verify a couple of things in addition to the information/evidence they were already sent. She did mention the last 2 assessments that i had which i thought was unusual as i honestly didn't think they looked back at previous assessments for ESA. She also read out all my conditions, and evidence that i sent so yes she did actually read them... i was shocked at that too. I know they don't often read any evidence you send. Or it seems that way for many people.
I've been in the Support Group for almost 6 years because of my mobility issues, so lets hope she's as nice as she seemed and keeps the report truthful. She did actually read out loud what she was typing, as she typed. I've never known that before in either of the PIP/ESA past assessments i've been to.
I will ask for a copy of the assessment report middle of next week but i've done all i can do now. If the decision isn't to keep me in the Support Group i'll most definitely fight it all the way!
I'll update once i have the decision. Fingers crossed for me please!! xxx
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