Thank you for the good wishes!
I will try to answer all your qustions as follows:-
I had been on DLA lowest mobility rate granted indefinitely by Tribunal for about the last 5 years, I have to say I found the DLA process far more stressful than the PIP experience but that is a whole different story!
The reason for my PIP quest was not at the behest of the DWP but “self inflicted” as over the last 18 to 24 months I have slowly come to the conclusion that my RRMS has morphed to SPMS confirmed by my Neuro in December of last year.
With this diagnosis and my now much more challenging “life style” I thought right, lets “go for broke” and grabbed the bull that is PIPs firmly by the horns!
As far as the assessment went mine was handled by Capita in Cardiff. I have to say that delays and phone calls aside it was a fairly smooth if somewhat daunting experience.
The assessor was a young lady called Helen who was a qualified nurse and had previously specialised in neurological nursing. She was attentive of my answeres to her questions and it was more like a conversation than an inquisition!
Any physical examination was minimal I remember she asked if I could put my hands flat on the floor, from a sitting position which I was quite happy to do although I did have a small problem getting back up which she noted, she also voluntered that there was no way I could do it whilst standing! I of course agreed!
I hope I have answered all your questions, if I have not please let me know.
Sorry about the spelling, it has never been my strong point and seems to be getting worse!
Take great Care and good luck to all!