Will I be assessed if I make a claim for PIP?

When you claim PIP, it is likely that you will be asked to attend a medical assessment, also known as ‘the consultation’ which is part of the overall assessment process.

Assessments are carried out by telephone, video link or at a face-to-face appointment. If you are offered one type of assessment but would prefer a different one, you can contact the assessment provider and request the type of assessment be changed.

If you are asked to do so, it is very important that you attend the consultation. If you do not do this and do not have a good reason (sometimes called a good cause) then this could mean that the DWP or DfC in Northern Ireland reject your claim for PIP.

You will be assessed by a health professional working for a private company that carries out PIP assessments for the DWP/DfC. The company is known as an assessment provider. The final decision on your entitlement is made by a decision maker at the DWP/DfC, using the evidence from the assessor, including any face-to-face, telephone or video consultation.

Please also see I'm an adult currently receiving DLA, do I have to claim PIP?

For further information see RNIB's PIP webpage.

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