Can you have a companion with you for your PIP consultation?

To help us fully understand the difficulties you face, we mostly need to meet you in person.  It can be easier to talk opening about your health condition or disability if you have some moral support, so we encourage you to have a companion with you.  This could be a friend, family member, carer or support worker.

We need to hear exactly how you feel your condition affects your daily life, so your companion can add in anything that helps you explain the difficulties you face more clearly, or help you answer any questions that you're asked.

Can the companion contribute during the consultation?

With your permission, your companion can provide a valuable contribution to the discussion with the health professional (HP) in helping you to answer their questions. For example, if you have mental health or learning difficulties a companion may be able to help you to give an accurate account of how your health condition or disability impacts on your daily life.

The HP will be keen to hear extra information from your companion but it is important to note that the consultation and discussion will always be focused towards you as it is essential that the HP’s report is based on your circumstances.

Whether you choose to bring someone with you just for company, for practical support or to help you during the consultation please just let the HP know who they are and how you would like them to be involved.