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Re: Open letter re PIP - second chance! (please respond by tomorrow evening)

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"Amor, Cathy" <[log in to unmask]>

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Mine, too.  If not too late! 
 
Dr Cathy Amor 
Senior Clinical Tutor 
DClinPsy Programme 
C 16 Furness College 
University of Lancaster  
Lancaster 
LA1 4YT 
Tel: 01524 592975 
Admissions Tutor 
Accredited CAT Practitioner 
I work for the programme on Tues/Wed/Thurs  
 
 
http://www.psytraining.co.uk - For excellent training in applied psychology 
 
 
 
 
 
-----Original Message----- 
From: The UK Community Psychology Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of P PRIEST 
Sent: 20 April 2017 10:00 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: Open letter re PIP - second chance! (please respond by tomorrow evening) 
 
Hi Nikki 
Pls add my name and many thanks for doing this. 
Dr Penny Priest 
Clinical Psychologist 
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On Wed, 19/4/17, Nicola Swan <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
 
 Subject: Open letter re PIP - second chance! (please respond by tomorrow evening) 
 To: [log in to unmask] 
 Date: Wednesday, 19 April, 2017, 21:02 
  
 Dear 
 all, 
 Thank you to those who have already signed. The  scheduled debate was cancelled due to the general election  announcement. The Guardian letters section have responded  asking me to 'tweak' the last paragraph to reflect  this - so always looking for a silver lining I am taking  this opportunity to try and secure more signatories before  resubmitting.  The Guardian have also asked me to list the  'most important' signatories first... I'm not  quite sure how to go about this, but if you are feeling  particularly important today let me know... 
 Also, please do share this with people off this  list who may wish to add their support.  To add your name please email: 
 [log in to unmask] 
 Many thanks, 
 Nikki 
 The 'tweaked' letter: 
 As 
 professionals working with clients considered to be  experiencing severe and complex mental health difficulties,  we have been  informed of some concerning and frankly shocking experiences  of the PIP  assessment process, and seen decision reports which  highlight an alarming lack  of understanding of common mental health difficulties such  as anxiety and  depression, and even less understanding of difficulties  related to PTSD, complex  trauma and childhood adversity leading to diagnoses such as  personality  disorder.  We  have observed the PIP process to exacerbate difficulties,  increase feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, shame and  thoughts of suicide. 
 Leading to psychological therapy effectively being put on  hold and the person  supported through the crisis period until the process is  over.  
 However, 
 restrictions on the number of sessions NHS services  can offer often means a frustrating sense of sessions being  lost to the PIP  process. For example, it is an all too common experience  that trauma-focused  therapy has to be put on hold until the PIP process is  complete and a sense of  safety re-established. For others the PIP experience  exacerbates feelings of  worthlessness and undermines the validation of their needs,  and the seriousness  of the impact of past abuse and neglect. 
 In a 
 number of cases we have been able to assist by  supporting clients to appeal their PIP decision and have had  some success with  this. However, this does not reconcile the fact that not  only is the appeal  process a stressful and often re-traumatising experience for  clients, but a  symptom of a process that is not fit for purpose. 
 As 
 shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams has  stated "Instead of listening to the court's  criticisms of personal  independence payment assessments and correcting these  injustices, the  Government has instead decided to undermine the legal basis  of the rulings”,  this minimises the seriousness of the day to day challenges  people who are  experiencing mental health difficulties face.  
 The 
 debate re PIP rule changes scheduled for the 19th of  April was cancelled due to the general election  announcement. In the wake of  this we urge the Government, and all parties, to seek  appropriate consultation  with service-user groups and mental health professionals  regarding wider reform  of the benefits system. The current system is not fit for  purpose. People living  with mental health difficulties are being let down – this  cannot continue.  
 Signed 
 (in alphabetical order): 
 Scott 
 Bartle. Trainee Clinical Psychologist, UEL 
  
 Will Berisch-Secretan, Dramatherapist, South  DevonCaz  Brown,  Systemic Psychotherapist, South Devon 
  
 Sammy Browne, Assistant Psychologist, Dame Hannah Rogers  TrustKelly  Camilleri, Clinical Psychologist 
  
 Jen Daffin, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Cardiff  University 
  
 Dr Stacy Earl, Clinical Psychologist, EssexMisbah  Gladwyn-Khan, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, South  WalesDani  Harker,  Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership  NHS Trust, Homeless  Mental Health ServiceDr  Lealah  Hewitt, Clinical Psychologist 
  
 Sophie Lee, Assistant Psychologist, Devon  
  
 Annie Mitchell, Clinical Psychologist and Associate  Professor 
  
 Emily Shah, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of  East London 
  
 Tim Siggs, Clinical Psychologist, Derbyshire. 
  
 Dr Nikki Swan, Clinical Psychologist, South DevonDr  Lisa  Thorne, Clinical & Community Psychologist 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 Dr 
 Jay 
 Watts, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Alliance  for Counselling and  Psychotherapy, London 
  
 Dr Stephen Weatherhead, Clinical Psychologist 
  
 Joshua Williams, Assistant Psychologist 
  
 Sarah Wolfe, Clinical Psychologist in Training, University  of Liverpool 
  
 Alex Young, Clinical Psychologist, NHS,  Sheffield  ___________________________________ 
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