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Work Capability Assessment

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is provided to staff responsible for the medical assessment of applicants for employment and support allowance.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The four stages of the training and approval process for health care professionals are:

Stage 1-pre-course reading and an office based, trainer led event

Stage 2-a written assessment of medical knowledge

Stage 3-supervised practical training and appraisal

In this stage the health care professional carries out assessments under the supervision of an experienced trainer where the emphasis is on:

customer service medical assessment techniques, and report completion skills

Stage 4-Appraisal of casework

During the period of provisional approval, the health care professional's trainer will assess all reports completed by the health care professional until his or her competence is assured.

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