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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

PIP assessments recording methods — cost-benefits analysis

From Argotina Schmurgle of Kwug. Subheadings by Dude Swheatie

Just back from O's PIP assessment, which we recorded sucessfully using 2 identical Phillips cassette recorders.

Expert advice comes with a problem

CAB advice on recording is as follows "The assessment with the health professional isn't recorded, but you can use your own equipment to audio record it if you wish. However, you must be able to provide a full and accurate copy of the recording to the health professional at the end of the session, either on CD or audio cassette. You must tell the assessment provider before the appointment if you want to do this."
Problem: a double tape or CD recorder costs hundreds of £'s

Solution: Back to absolute basics via asking questions of key decision-makers

I rang the DWP who told me that as long as we produce 2 identical tapes simultaneoussly, and hand one over at the end of the assessment, the recordings don't have to be made on the same machine.. I rang ATOS who told me that we don't have to arrange the recording in advance, just turn up with the correct equipment and the assessor will permit it.
When we got to the assessment, the assessor asked for a letter of permission from the DWP, but she phoned a superior and we got the go ahead to record, once she had inspected the recording equipment. I took an extension lead as well, to make sure the equipment could be placd anywhere.

Would Osborne and IDS approve? Who cares?

Cost of a 2 cd recorder is over £500
Cost of 2 separate cassette tape recorders plus blank cassettes was £62.

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