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TOPIC: Face to face assessment

Face to face assessment 10 months 1 week ago #195236

Thanks Gordon. I was going to write to my GP & ask her if she'd write to request a home assessment however she's away until after my face to face. I'm seeing another GP this afternoon.....1st time and will ask if they can help or perhaps another doctor who's seen me before.

I've reread my ESA50 form this morning only to be reminded that it does ask if you need a home visit etc at the end....completely forgot and at the time it didn't occur to me to ask where the assessment might be......just asked for close toilet facilities.

Do I need to consider recording it wherever it may be? If so how best to go about that...I see they mention it in their leaflet.

Thank you


Face to face assessment 10 months 1 week ago #195267

HI Sue,

If you do go to an assessment centre, you can ask for your assessment to be recorded. Get this written request in as soon as you can.

I don't know what the current situation is regarding recording home assessments, I suspect you might have to do this yourself (you will still need to get permission from the Assessment Provider). You would need to produce 2 recordings at the same time - one for you and for for the AP - members have had some success with buying 2 cassette recorders or CD recorders. Digital recordings are not allowed.

There is nothing to stop you from carrying out a covert recording but you must be aware that the result of this being detected would be for the assessment to be stopped and your file returned to DWP.
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Face to face assessment 10 months 1 week ago #195268


It's up to you whether you want the assessment recorded, you can ask Maximus to do this there is a template letter you can use in the ESA section, doing so may result in your current appointment being moved by Maximus.

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Face to face assessment 10 months 1 week ago #195324

Dear Mrs Hurtyback and Gordon

Thank you for the information regarding recording and i will send a letter requesting this. Will this antagonise them? As much as anything it will be a good reminder of what was said as memory's poor.
Saw a different GP this afternoon as mine's on leave and who's more than happy to write requesting a home assessment.....I'm hoping that'll be ready to go on Monday. As a result of listening to the GP's experiences with assessments I asked if I could collect the letter and then I'll post it recorded delivery....just in case.
I have a dog....I'm guessing if I receive a home assessment I'll need to be mindful about the assumptions they might make?

Thank you both for being so generous with your time and knowledge,,,it makes a huge difference to me .....will sleep better tonight!!

The following user(s) said Thank You: Mrs Hurtyback

Face to face assessment 10 months 1 week ago #195326


Requesting the assessment is recorded won't antagonise anybody, one of the things Maximus has to do is allocate an assessor who is willing to be recorded.


Face to face assessment 10 months 1 week ago #195327

Ok thanks Gordon. It seems sensible to record it....is there a reason why people started to do this? I guess it's an accurate record of what actually happens too.
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