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One of the smiling assassins weapons of mass depression is the NHS or Stealth Assassin. These are recruited from those in the ranks of the NHS who have aspirations of becoming a ‘smiling assassin’ and want to demonstrate their skills to the DWP. How do we diagnose when the smiling assassin is going to play the stealth card?
Recognise the symptoms
Your smiling assassin will grill you surreptitiously for anything from a few moments to a few months before releasing the stealth assassin. This is because they want to be absolutely sure they are on to something before they use such a valuable asset. They will introduce you to the idea slowly, grooming you into acceptance, and before you know it you will be tricked into attending several weekly ‘regular’ sessions with an NHS Professional Stealth assassin who will help you to ignore the pain/distress from ‘manage’ your illness, disability or ailment and quietly declare you fit to return to work.
Why do they do this?
The ‘stealth assassin’ is usually a NHS practitioner, and could be anyone from an auxiliary nurse to a specialist who are (a) looking to line their already bulging pockets, (b) have a sadistic streak and regard all disabled people as shirkers or (c) simply want to demonstrate their skills to the DWP so they can become smiling assassins in their own right.
What can we do?
The simple answer is to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself some pertinent questions like;
Am I ready to return to work?
If I do return to work am I putting myself in danger of injury?
Am I putting my potential employer in a precarious position?
Am I physically / mentaly capable of working part time?
Am I physically / mentally capable of working full time?
Would I be an asset or a liability to any potential employer?
What is the likelihood of me holding permnaent job down?
In the event that you feel you are not ‘ready’ to return to work, be honest and say so. after all, its your mind that has to be made up on this, and though the smiling assassin is well trained, they cant read your mind yet, and must be told, otherwise they will not know. You know what that leads to don’t you? yes, an assumption. So be firm but fair and tell them you will let them know when ‘you’ are ready to return to work. The other thing to consider of course is, if you return to work then discover its too much for you, are you ruining the chances for the disabled person following you with that employer? You have to take this into account, as employers are already under pressure have ‘guidance’ from ‘legislation’ to have a number of Token disabled staff on thier books!
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