External Support


Introduction

A group of occupational therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists began supporting me in April 2016.  The helpers met up for Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings at my house on a periodic basis, minutes were recorded at each meeting, they can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

  1. 23rd August 2016
  2. 23rd September 2016
  3. 24th November 2016
  4. 25th January 2017



Occupational Therapy

One of my tasks was to work on my previous vocational skills related to organising and publishing documentation.  We took the approach of organising recipes for cooking (which was something I had no skills in).  I found that the exercises were both enjoyable and rewarding in the sense that I was able to evidence (to myself) that I still had strong organisational skills when I carefully applied myself to tasks.

  1. Minestrone soup on 22nd November 2016
  2. Lasagne on 4th January 2017



Personal Independence Payment (DWP) Appeal

I'd had my suitability determined for claiming PIPs during a test at a DWP location, I'd failed the tests in the context that I was deemed ineligible for payment.  An NHS community liaison assistant (Sue) was with me during the tests and recognised that they didn't truly reflect my lack of independence.  Sue helped me write the letter which you can view by clicking this link, it was successful in supporting my appeal to the DWP.