Our Company Story
Welcome to our website. As a specialist in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit (UC), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals and Special Educational Needs and Disability First-tier tribunals (SEND) I would like to introduce myself and the company.
My name is Stephen Linus Dignam. I have worked in the Care sector for over 30 years as both a qualified psychiatric nurse (NMC pin number 86E1799E), and a specialist health and social care trainer. I have also worked for Capita as a PIP assessor for a short period of time (they kindly asked me to leave). It was whilst doing this I noticed a need to support people in their PIP appeals and claims process.
The company started with a bag of shopping! I know that sounds strange but what happened was I went to see a claimant and he had NOTHING - so I left him with a bag of shopping and some money for electric tokens, and HOPE.
I have helped many clients to claim and win their Personal Independence Payments, and have also been struck by many of the stories that I have heard from claimants who have been kind and brave enough to share their experiences. This has led me to set up PIP appeals.org with a view to providing an open, honest, kind, professional, sympathetic company to support those that need help.
In addition to PIP work, I like to keep ‘hands-on’ in the Care sector and continue to maintain my nursing registration by working on acute and specialist personality disorder in mental health units in the Midlands, as well as providing nurse support for domiciliary care companies, including CQC support and guidance.
I also have a physically disabled daughter, so I am well aware of the pressure on carers as well as the difficulties and complexities of the benefits system. The facts are that the specialist equipment often needed by disabled people is an extra expense many cannot meet, especially when they themselves are unable to undertake paid employment.
I enjoy studying and have been fortunate to be able to be qualified to Masters level with an MSc in Occupational Psychology. My first degree is in Social Sciences and I have postgraduate qualifications in Psychology and Law. I am a qualified lecturer (Cert Ed) and have spent several years teaching Early Years and Nursery Nurses in Further Education at an inner-city college on GNVQ/NVQ/BTEC Health and Social Care programmes. I also work as a trained assessor (D32/33) and internal verifier in the Care sector, and with NEBOSH (National Exam Board of Occupational Safety and Health) as a Health and Safety consultant.