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Whats the point in sending a sicknote if I have to go to work capability assessment?

robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
edited November 2018 in Employment and careers
Good evening everyone I've been off sick from work since june and now I no longer work for the job I love to do due to ill health I have to gone to Universal Credit now what I don't understand is I got my sick note from this GP to the Jobcentre and then had to go for a work capability assessment all the way in Marylebone I know I'm waiting for the results what is the point of me sending my GP sick note to the Jobcentre knowing the I can't work due to my arthritis and my cerebral palsy has deteriorated can somebody put me on the right track waiting game now any word of wisdom would be much appreciated thank you Jacqueline

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  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Did you take your sick note to the work capability assessment and explain what your doctor had said?
    Good luck, and let us know what the outcome is.

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
    Yes I did take my sick note also my report from work but they wasn't interested All The Wanted  was my sick note and after me  questions 
  • topshoestopshoes Member Posts: 443 Pioneering
    edited November 2018
    Hi  @robinhood8 a warm welcome to you , i think you will find the sick note from your dr is saying you are sick and can not work,  it is to cover you , yes you still have to have a assessment , even if you got a broken wrist and it is clear  to everyone to see its in plaster , hope this helps  x
  • siobhan1siobhan1 Member Posts: 77 Pioneering
    You can get a sick note while you're already working so you could be too ill to do your most recent job but might be able to work elsewhere which is what Assessment Provider is trying to find out. They said my friend could not do warehouse jobs any more but "there are jobs available on the Labour market Mr X could consider like office work". It's a shame they don't take into account the toll a complete shift in career could take on someone who has been working in one career their whole life, or retraining, but they would say that's what the job centre is for.

    Also a lot of people with long term health conditions or disabilities aren't in contact with their own GP very often as they may have specialists or consultants who provide more specialist care so the GP is only assessing what you tell them when you ask for the note.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 20,522 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    A fit note from a GP doesn't prove you have limited capability for work. Most people that claim UC with a fit note will need to attend a work capability assessment. The same for ESA.

    Taking a fit note with you to the assessment will not help your claim for LCW because it's not classed as evidence. A decision made by a decision maker will overrule what your GP thinks.

    What you need is evidence that proves how your conditions affect you. At the assessment you're assessed for the work you can do and not the work you can't do.

    Once you've had the face to face assessment a report is returned to DWP and in that report will be recommendations. It will either be fit for work, LCW or LCWRA and the decision maker usually goes with the report. Ring DWP and ask for a copy of that report, then you'll know what the recommendations are.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • robinhood8robinhood8 Member Posts: 120 Courageous
    Thanks for your advice have a blessed day
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member - under moderation Posts: 4,893 Disability Gamechanger
    That sounds a bit Handmayds Tale!
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