Work Capability Assessment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 21 December 2017 to Questions 119554, 119555 and 119556 and with reference to the paper entitled Work and Pensions Select Committee PIP and ESA Assessments inquiry: Supporting Statistics, published by his Department on 4 December 2017, what mechanisms are in place to improve the conduct of work capability assessments for people whose primary health condition is among those most likely to have a decision overturned at mandatory reconsideration.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

DWP monitor very closely the performance of the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments (CHDA) to make sure that the quality of the service they provide is as high as it should be. We are continually working with CHDA to further improve the quality of assessments for people with all types of health conditions and disabilities. CHDA conduct regular reviews of health care professionals’ assessments and provide one-to-one feedback to help them to continuously improve, additional coaching is provided if required and all healthcare professionals undertake an annual programme of continuing professional development.

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