To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment has been carried out into (a) the experience that health care professionals carrying out assessments for personal independence payment have of the medical conditions of claimants and (b) other aspects of the suitability of those professionals.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
15 February 2019
Health Professionals that carry out PIP Assessments on behalf of DWP must have the following qualifications and experience:
- are an occupational therapist, nurse (level 1), physiotherapist or paramedic. Doctors support assessments as part of the overall clinical assurance process but do not currently undertake any PIP assessments.
- are fully registered with the relevant licensing body (doctors must have a licence to practise).
- The licensing body has not placed restrictions on the healthcare professional’s registration.
- at least 2 years post full registration experience or less than 2 years post full registration experience by individual agreement with the Department.
It is DWP’s policy that Health Professionals who meet this criteria will have appropriate experience to complete a functional assessment.
Assessment Providers are required to ensure Health Professionals have knowledge of the clinical aspects and likely functional effects of a wide range of health conditions and impairments. All Health Professionals employed to conduct PIP assessments are required to complete Continuous Professional Development to keep their knowledge up to date.
In addition, Assessment Provides have Mental Function Champions available to provide relevant advice and support to Health Professionals about mental health conditions and cognitive impairments.