DLA evidence & Mental health grounds?


R

Redwood

I have been receiving IB since 1995 on mental health grounds and have had a
few medicals on behalf of the DWP during that time (the last one indicating
5 years before another assessment). Talking to our local social service
department they said I should qualify to claim at least the low level of DLA
and came to fill in the forms. I've now received a letter from DWP
regarding my claim saying they have requested a report from my GP before
making their decision. Now the thing is I have dealt with my condition
without the need to involve my GP so there will be very little in my medical
history regarding mental health. Will the lack of evidence from my GP
result in an automatic refusal? Will they take into account the medical
reports from the previous DWP doctors I saw for my IB?
 
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R

Robbie

Redwood said:
I have been receiving IB since 1995 on mental health grounds and have had a
few medicals on behalf of the DWP during that time (the last one indicating
5 years before another assessment). Talking to our local social service
department they said I should qualify to claim at least the low level of DLA
and came to fill in the forms. I've now received a letter from DWP
regarding my claim saying they have requested a report from my GP before
making their decision. Now the thing is I have dealt with my condition
without the need to involve my GP so there will be very little in my medical
history regarding mental health. Will the lack of evidence from my GP
result in an automatic refusal? Will they take into account the medical
reports from the previous DWP doctors I saw for my IB?
It depends on the person making a decision on your claim but the weight
of evidence your regular GP provides will normally override what you
write on the form.

Not all GP's know the extent of a disability and perhaps it may be
better to speak to your Doctor in advance of making a claim as he will
most certainly not have an idea of how you cope from day to day.

My advice would be to make an appointment with your GP as quickly as
possible and advise him of how you are coping - he may not have
returned the form as yet.
 
R

Redwood

Robbie said:
It depends on the person making a decision on your claim but the weight of
evidence your regular GP provides will normally override what you write on
the form.

Not all GP's know the extent of a disability and perhaps it may be better
to speak to your Doctor in advance of making a claim as he will most
certainly not have an idea of how you cope from day to day.

My advice would be to make an appointment with your GP as quickly as
possible and advise him of how you are coping - he may not have returned
the form as yet.
Thanks. Unfortunately the GP who knows me best (and the one I named on the
DLA forms) has moved to another practice and I've not seen any of the
others since. I'll have to get in touch with the practice but it usually
takes over a week for non emergencies and longer if you want to see the GP
of your choice. God this is stressful, it was bad enough just completing
the questions on the bloody forms!
 
R

Robbie

Redwood said:
Thanks. Unfortunately the GP who knows me best (and the one I named on the
DLA forms) has moved to another practice and I've not seen any of the
others since. I'll have to get in touch with the practice but it usually
takes over a week for non emergencies and longer if you want to see the GP
of your choice. God this is stressful, it was bad enough just completing
the questions on the bloody forms!
DLA forms are harder to complete than an A Level exam - and I help fill
in at least 6 a week!
 
B

bealoid

[snip]
Now the thing is I
have dealt with my condition without the need to involve my GP so
there will be very little in my medical history regarding mental
health.
Have you seen any medical professionals; have you been referred to
secondary MH services?

I'd get your GP to write a letter saying that you're not under his/her care
for MH stuff, and all enquiries should be directed to your care-
coordinator/key worker.

Then I'd get your care co-ordinator to write a letter supporting your
claim, and get them to post it with your application.
Will the lack of evidence from my GP result in an automatic
refusal? Will they take into account the medical reports from the
previous DWP doctors I saw for my IB?
I have no idea about DLA application, but for the other stuff it's better
to go belt and braces at the beginning to avoid it having to go before a
decision maker twice.
 
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B

bealoid

I'll have to get in touch with the practice but it
usually takes over a week for non emergencies and longer if you want
to see the GP of your choice.
That's not normal, nor acceptable. They're losing money by making people
wait that long.
God this is stressful, it was bad
enough just completing the questions on the bloody forms!
Make sure you get support to complete the form.

There might be an impact on HB in a few rare circumstances. Don't forget
to declare it all there too.

Good Luck.
 
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