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TOPIC: Forever claim

Forever claim 1 week 1 day ago #222589

Hello there.
I wonder if you can help me.
I have multiple conditions and have been twice officially medically retired by occupational health professionals from part time jobs that I was unable to maintain over my lifetime because of ill health.

One was the civil service itself (ironically).

I have been in the support group but recently got another work capability assessment through.

I was wondering if you know how it works when you have something that can't be fixed. I think there was new legislation so that people like me don't keep being reassessed.

I have, on top of other serious conditions, intestinal failure which involves taking some of my nutrition through a central Venus catheter straight to my heart. It involves being connected to my parenteral nutrition for at the very least, 50 hours a week without all the business that goes along with that as in medications, connecting the nutrition to my line, ordering, recieving, auditing and organising the medications.

On top of this I have a high output stoma to manage which means a lot more medical procedures. My husband can't work now as he is my full time carer. I just got another diagnosis this week from cardiology.

I could go on and on here but won't because I'm sure you get the idea....

Question is..
What do I provide this time??
Same old stuff plus latest letters??
I just called the civil service pensions to get evidence from them as it suddenly dawned on me that I've never provided this.
I don't even own a computer and printer anymore.

I honestly would have thought the last OH assessment would have done it as it told my employer that even with reasonable adjustments (and they couldn't have been more reasonable) they could expect me to be sick 6-9 months of the year, my condition is degenerative and tbh that was before I had the parenteral nutrition.

Also civil service can't send that evidence until 14th and my form has to be back by 19. It's been delayed due to ill health

Cheers in advance for any advice. Haven't even started the form.


Frodo the Great

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Forever claim 1 week 22 hours ago #222610

Frodo

You need to treat this as a new claim for ESA and complete the form in detail and supply evidence as you can, even if it has been submitted before. There have been no changes to the ESA Descriptors since 2013 but the DWP have updated their guidance throughout the period since then, so you can use content from your last form but I would recommend your checking it against our ESA Claim guides to ensure that it is still relevant.

It is possible that the DWP will decide following this assessment that you do not have to be reassessed again but they cannot decide this without reassessing you.

Gordon
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Forever claim 1 week 22 hours ago #222621

Thanks so much for that. I will start again. I thought I had seen something from 2017 about not reassessing ESA when the condition is permanent and unlikely to change.
I may have imagined it as I'm getting cognitive difficulties too and on the subject of that I notice their are two different guides for MH and PH but actually my MH is impaired by managing my conditions so should I refer to both?
I can't take SSRIs because of my gut but I have been given valium for emergency use.
I also receive talking therapy.
Thanks again so this will never end until the end

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Forever claim 1 week 21 hours ago #222625

Frodo

You are not imagining about being excused from future assessment but the decision to do this cannot be made without an assessment being done.

Gordon
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Forever claim 5 days 20 hours ago #222749

Hi.
sorry to bother you again.
I've been working through the form and writing my supporting evidence but have to say, due to my cognitive difficulties and increasing anxiety, I'm really struggling so I wonder if you could help me please.
I saw that a lot of the questions I answered before as 'it varies' and want to say that again with explanation but I notice the guide says to say not applicable and to explain instead. For instance, on walking, I appreciate the safely, reliably, repeatedly and this applies to me but because of the nature of my condition, it is more often than not a 'No' but sometimes, when the stars are aligned it is a 'Yes'.
So could you confirm how I should be answering please as many of the answers are similar to this, the majority of the time is a 'No' but sometimes a 'Yes' but tbh with difficulty.
I'm sorry if this is a really stupid question but I'm running out of ability to concentrate and there is a deadline looming.
Also, would it be better to list my conditions and how they affect me day to day then put sheets for each answer specifically, or am I going to end up with too much stuff?
I have no problem at all with medical evidence as their is ample over a very long period of time.
Thanks so much for the advice.

Frodo the weak

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Forever claim 3 days 23 hours ago #222776

Frodo

Be careful, words such as "reliably" and "safely" are not defined in the same way for ESA as they are for PIP, they still apply but are not defined in the legislation and are much more open to interpretation as a result. Where you can try and use the phraseology included in the descriptors, so as an example; ESA talks about significant discomfort for pain.

It is really important when you answer with "it varies" that you explain how your limitations vary and for how long; so you might talk about how you are when at your worst, how you are on average and how you are at you best, it's not unusual for someone's best to still be a lot worse than a healthy person's worst. For each, specify how long you are affected in that way; hours in a day, days in a week, etc.

The ESA assessment is activity centric, so you need to approach each question based on the activity and explain how your conditions limit your ability to complete one. Talking about your conditions and how they affect you daily will make it more difficult for those assessing you to relate your issues back to the criteria that they are assessing you against.

Gordon
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