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    CENTRE FOR HEALTH & DISABILITY ASSESSMENT, MEDWYN HOUSE, MOUNTFIELD ROAD, LEWES , BN72XR.

    Have any members ever had any dealings with this organisation, and what was the outcome?.

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      Had to take my partner there last year. Battled through the assessment somehow and eventually got a positive decision that for once was based on common sense.
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      Yes had to support someone twice. First time about three years ago reasonably straight forward second time absolute nightmare as they obviously have instructions to fail as many as possible. Go prepared, have a letter from your GP in support of condition, which you may have to pay for. Be ready to challenge, and be prepared to appeal. Possability People in Montague House are a good source of information. The last time the assessor just ignored the GP's letter! It was approved but was a very unsettling and undignified process.
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      Yes had to support someone twice. First time about three years ago reasonably straight forward second time absolute nightmare as they obviously have instructions to fail as many as possible. Go prepared, have a letter from your GP in support of condition, which you may have to pay for. Be ready to challenge, and be prepared to appeal. Possability People in Montague House are a good source of information. The last time the assessor just ignored the GP's letter! It was approved but was a very unsettling and undignified process.
      That has it in a nutshell. The assessors seem to be trained to trip you up constantly. It can be a humiliating experience as it was the previous time my partner was assessed in Brighton by ATOS. Second time around last year in Lewes she benefitted from sitting in the waiting room and the assessment itself having almost constant seizures. It still made it feel like a cruel process to put someone through suffering
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      That has it in a nutshell. The assessors seem to be trained to trip you up constantly. It can be a humiliating experience as it was the previous time my partner was assessed in Brighton by ATOS. Second time around last year in Lewes she benefitted from sitting in the waiting room and the assessment itself having almost constant seizures. It still made it feel like a cruel process to put someone through suffering
      I've had twenty years working with vulnerable adults, now retired, and was shocked by the process. Not once was consideration made to principles of dignity and respect, the person being assessed was treated as a liar who had to prove their condition. No allowance was made for the person's illness or mental capacity to answer the questions which are often quick fire and meant to confuse. A competent advocate is definitely a must in these situations. It's very intimidating.
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      They work off a script and each question is given a rating the total of which informs the decision.
      Here is some information.
      https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/w...ity-assessment

      Make sure all the elements are covered that are relevant to the condition in question. I had to point out and flag up areas to make sure they were included.
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      Christ, it sounds like something the Nazis dreamt up in the 1930s.
      'Cause I know that you know that we know they don't know what's going on.
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      The other important thing to remember is the principle of always taking the worst day scenario not the best. Don't get soft soaped into playing the situation down. The worst scenario is also the basis for their assessments, not that they will tell you this.
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      Christ, it sounds like something the Nazis dreamt up in the 1930s.
      Just Tory Party policy
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      Christ, it sounds like something the Nazis dreamt up in the 1930s.
      Quite, as said before I've worked in the area of vulnerable adults for twenty years and never come across such a horrible degrading system. It's also interesting that nearly all the assessments that go to appeal are usually successful. There is quite a lot of political pressure on the way these assessments are being carried out so hopefully things will get better in the future. But your Nazi description is not far from the truth.

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