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TOPIC: Atos home visit

Atos home visit 1 month 2 weeks ago #171022

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chrisB wrote:
Hi all,
Well my rearranged home visit is scheduled for tomorrow morning, if they turn up that is. I have some additional evidence, it wasn't available when I sent my form back, can the HCP refuse to accept it and insist I send it to the DM directly or do they have to accept it and record it at the assessment. Many thanks.

The assessor is required to accept and read any new evidence that the claimant has on the day, but we are aware of occasions when this has happened.

I would be tempted to send a copy to the DM either way, just to cover yourself.

Gordon
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Atos home visit 1 month 2 weeks ago #171124

Hi all

So glad that my assessment is over with. To be fair the nurse who performed it was pleasant enough. What can a nurse actually make an assessment on?. The physical examination was minimal to say the least. On my PIP claim form I stated that I would be unable to plan/follow a route unaccompanied by another person due to Anxiety & Depression, would a nurse be able to make an assessment on a mental health issue. Many thanks.
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Atos home visit 1 month 2 weeks ago #171149

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chrisB wrote:
Hi all

So glad that my assessment is over with. To be fair the nurse who performed it was pleasant enough. What can a nurse actually make an assessment on?. The physical examination was minimal to say the least. On my PIP claim form I stated that I would be unable to plan/follow a route unaccompanied by another person due to Anxiety & Depression, would a nurse be able to make an assessment on a mental health issue. Many thanks.

It's important to understand that this is not a medical as a GP might carry out, it's a functional assessment and does not specifically require a detailed knowledge of your conditions.

Gordon
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Atos home visit 1 month 2 weeks ago #171169

Hi Gordon

Thanks for your reply, I suppose what I'm getting at is whether a Nurse is sufficiently qualified to assess a claimants fulfilment of a descriptor dealing with a mental health issue. As in the planning/following a route. Many thanks
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Atos home visit 1 month 2 weeks ago #171170

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chrisB wrote:
Hi Gordon

Thanks for your reply, I suppose what I'm getting at is whether a Nurse is sufficiently qualified to assess a claimants fulfilment of a descriptor dealing with a mental health issue. As in the planning/following a route. Many thanks

You can't assume that they are not, you may be able to show that a lack of experience in your conditions caused fundamental flaws in the assessment report, but you would not be able to do this until a Decision has been made.

Gordon
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Atos home visit 1 month 2 weeks ago #171171

Hi Chris,

DWP take the stance that all assessors have been trained to do that specific job and are 'experts' in making these recommendations.
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