Pip form

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Hello,

I’m in the process of filling in the pip form and been to cab but they didn’t have any  slots available before the date I need to send it back, so I had half hour appointment which was pointless as she didn’t have any time to help me fill it in. Anyway I’m havin bad anxiety trying to fill it out correctly and efficiently. Anyone got any tips filling it in, what to put ect? Also what is the medical like, what should I expect?

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Lydia

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    Hi I have a couple of tips for the p.i.p form - now, please bare in mind that I was told by somebody who used to work for them. You have to fill out the form as the situation that ask about is the worst of your symptoms.

    And the assessment is pretty straight forward - they test your walking, ask you questions about what medication you are on, mental health, E.T.C. If you do have problems walking take a walking stick. Hope this helps.

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    Hi Lydia,

    PIP is not to do with your diagnosis or what you suffer from, it is about how your condition affects your day to day living.   

    Amongst other things I have spondylitis which affects my balance and restricts my movements, which means I am not able to get in or out of a shower without help as I'm unstable and at risk of falling.  I also cannot bend so need help with washing my legs and feet.  The same with dressing and undressing, putting on sock and shoes etc.

    Arthritis affects my ability to grip things so I need help with preparing and cooking a meal etc.  A knife slipped and I ended up having stitches through a bad cut and I've dropped a saucepan with boiling water and badly burned myself, so can't lift any pans.  

    I was not able to write for long, so my friend completed my forms using my words and each question was answered in full (typed) on a separate piece of paper explaining how I struggle with everyday chores.  This is important even though it looks as if you are repeating yourself.  

    At the face to face, be aware that you are being watched from the minute you arrive to when you leave.  I had a very good assessor who was very truthful in her report.  She even said that she was amazed that I had been asked to attend as it seemed quite obvious to her that I struggled to even stand let alone walk.   She asked some  questions about how I manage throughout the day, the same questions as on the form really.  I had to count backwards from 100 duducting 7 each time and had to remember 3 or 4 items and I believe some people are asked to do certain movements, bending etc.

    I rand the DWP and asked for a copy of the assessors report about 4 days following the face to face, which confirmed that she was truthful about me.  It's quite important to get this as it will help if you do not get the decision you were hoping for and need to ask for a Mandatory reconsideration.  

    There's lots of information on the Internet about PIP forms, so hopefully that will help as well. Lots of good luck and please come back and let us now how you get on.  smile

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      Hey thank you for your reply. Wow you really have a hard time mine seems insignificant compared to yours. Really sorry you struggle so much. I have m.e anxiety depression and fibromyalgia. Only just been made aware of pip. Really hoping I get it as i do struggle day to day. Especially at the moment my health is very bad and I’m super ill. Thanks for tips. Did you get a letter off your gp? I’ll definitely get them to send me a letter of the results from the medical once I’ve been. How long after sending the form in do you get your medical? Pretty nervous about it. Hope I get a truthful medical ones in the past haven’t been. I’ll keep you informed xx
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      Hi Lydia,

      don't down your problems please, I also have Fibromyalgia so I do have an idea how you feel.  I didn't get  a letter off my GP, but did off my Rheumatologist.  I think my face to face was about 6 weeks after my form went in.

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