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The short answer is that nobody knows how often you will be called for a personal independence payment (PIP) medical assessment .

PIP awards are for fixed periods.  Many will be short-term, lasting two years or less.  People with conditions that are unlikely to get better or worse should get awards of between 5-10 years.  Only very few people, who are judged to have conditions that are very unlikely to ever change, will get an ongoing award with no end date.

So, many claimants may begin with a two year award and at the end of this period, if there has been no change they may move on to a five to ten year award.  This could mean just having two face-to-face medical assessments in the first 7-10 years of an award.  But it is likely to depend very much on the type of condition you have.

Claimants with conditions such as depression or ME may find themselves on a succession of short-term awards because the decision maker may believe that an improvement could occur at any time.

Others with very severe conditions may find that they never have to have a face-to-face medical at all, but are simply assessed on medical evidence provided by a GP or specialist.

Personal independence payment (PIP) training days

Benefits and Work personal independence training days for support workers are currently running in London and Bristol, as well as being available in-house.