How do I prepare for a PIP assessment?

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

Its a good idea to take:

  • Some form of identification
  • A list of the aids or appliances you use

And if you have not already provided or submitted these then:

  • a pre-printed prescription for medication you take or you could write a list of the medication you take
  • a supporting letter from a health care professional or other professional who is helping you, such as a social worker or rehab worker
  • a care diary, this can provide a compelling picture of your needs.

Re read what you wrote in your claim form. This is a good way to review the evidence that you have already submitted, and to remind you of points that you may wish to talk about in the assessment. It may also help you think about mentioning anything you didn't already include on the form.

RNIB have produced both a PIP toolkit and a PIP assessment top tips guide which can be found on their PIP web page.

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