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Work Programme Providers - ESA

(6 Posts)
SallyB1985 Tue 19-Nov-13 13:46:58

First of all, hello to everyone out there - this is my first post and since I've always read some good advice on here I thought I would mention something that is concerning me. I was referred to a Work Programme provider in Redditch, Worcestershire earlier this summer; I am claiming ESA for mental health problems, however I have now been placed on the work related activity group, so have to attend Shaw Trust once a fortnight as a minimum. My advisor is causing me a great deal of concern; least of all is the fact that she knows absolutely nothing at all and doesn't seem to have a single clue as to how to do her job. She is an ex nurse and has attempted to provide me with dubious medical advice, which I obviously rejected. When I couldn't attened an appointment due to illness, she informed me that if I missed the next one they would 'stop my money'. Even though they cant do any such thing.

Anyway, I like to research my providers / advisors and unfortunately, I found this:

My advisor told me that she stopped being a nurse due to the long hours. It seems not. If she's lied to me and probably countless others, has she lied to get her job in the first place?

I dont want any retaliation from her or her colleagues so dont know what to do with this?

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 19-Nov-13 15:14:04

I'm not sure this is in the right place. However, if you have concerns about someone's competence or appropriateness in a role. the correct route is to talk to their line manager. Failing that, perhaps your MP would be interested.

manzanillaplease Tue 19-Nov-13 15:54:04

Perhaps ask your local Citizens Advice Bureau? It may be easier for them to write a 'concerned professional' type letter without sounding aggrieved.

Find your local CAB by putting yourpostcode in here:

RedHelenB Tue 19-Nov-13 16:54:31

Is being a nurse a requirement of THIS job? If not, I don't really see the issue tbh. She has already been disciplined & lost her career.

ShawTrust Wed 20-Nov-13 12:16:57

We would be interested to discuss your comments further. Please could you let us have your contact details so that a senior manager can speak with you about this? Thank you

NumptyNameChange Wed 20-Nov-13 12:21:14

why would you need her contact details? i wouldn't give them out if i was you OP. they can PM you with a number to call them if they want to speak to you.

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