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TOPIC: Assessors and integral two-way communication

Assessors and integral two-way communication 2 months 1 week ago #169189

What is the situation during a PIP assessment in terms of an assessor clarifying (honestly) what they are understanding the clients situation to be, before they make an entry into the computer system.

An 'ideal' situation would be if the 12 or so questions were gone through specifically one at a time, with some clarifying discussion taking place between the assessor and the client - and then the assessor finally clarifying their understanding of the situation before making an entry on the computer for the said question.

Is it possible to somehow ensure that the assessment is structured like this.

Further, in entering information about the clients situation, does the assessor have to enter what the client has described their situation as - or can the assessor just enter any information they wish to into the system.
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Assessors and integral two-way communication 2 months 1 week ago #169242

Hi Louisa,

I would expect the assessor to be entering data on the computer as you are speaking. S/he might clarify particular points, but they will not wait until everything has been said before starting the data input.

The assessor should be relating what the claimant has said to the specific descriptors relating to PIP. S/he will not be entering the claimant's exact words throughout.

If you want to know what to expect at the face2face, it is explained in the PIP guide

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Assessors and integral two-way communication 1 month 2 weeks ago #171224

Who gets to decide what is spoken about at an assessment. What I mean is, given the limited time, I would want to focus on the areas of significance for myself (in terms of the questions where I can be awarded points) - and making sure that the assessor is completely clear about how things are. I don't want to be following an assessors 'schedule' and program and spending time on things that aren't as relevant.

Do I have the 'right' to insist that the areas I want to be covered are at least covered first - or is the whole time structured by a computer program that has to go from A to B to C, etc.
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Assessors and integral two-way communication 1 month 2 weeks ago #171247

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Louisa wrote:
Who gets to decide what is spoken about at an assessment. What I mean is, given the limited time, I would want to focus on the areas of significance for myself (in terms of the questions where I can be awarded points) - and making sure that the assessor is completely clear about how things are. I don't want to be following an assessors 'schedule' and program and spending time on things that aren't as relevant.

Do I have the 'right' to insist that the areas I want to be covered are at least covered first - or is the whole time structured by a computer program that has to go from A to B to C, etc.

Treat it as an interview, so it will be the assessor who leads the conversation and questioning, you should be given a chance to ask questions at the end, although this may be limited.

The assessor will be following a standard script to allow then to complete the assessment report.

Gordon
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Assessors and integral two-way communication 1 month 2 weeks ago #171248

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Louisa wrote:
Who gets to decide what is spoken about at an assessment. What I mean is, given the limited time, I would want to focus on the areas of significance for myself (in terms of the questions where I can be awarded points) - and making sure that the assessor is completely clear about how things are. I don't want to be following an assessors 'schedule' and program and spending time on things that aren't as relevant.

Do I have the 'right' to insist that the areas I want to be covered are at least covered first - or is the whole time structured by a computer program that has to go from A to B to C, etc.

Treat it as an interview, so it will be the assessor who leads the conversation and questioning, you should be given a chance to ask questions at the end, although this may be limited.

The assessor will be following a standard script to allow then to complete the assessment report.

Gordon
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Assessors and integral two-way communication 1 month 2 weeks ago #171270

Gordon wrote:

Treat it as an interview, so it will be the assessor who leads the conversation and questioning, you should be given a chance to ask questions at the end, although this may be limited.

The assessor will be following a standard script to allow then to complete the assessment report.

Gordon
Thanks. What you describe, imo, doesn't sound appropriate at all. That just means an assessor could end up spending most of the precious time available on things that aren't so important. Plus there are reports of assessors calling an end to the interview because of running out of time (even though they are the ones meant to be structuring it).
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