Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the level of knowledge of (a) multiple sclerosis and (b) neurological conditions among personal independence payment assessors; and what steps her Department is taking to improve the knowledge of those conditions and their symptoms among such assessors.

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

The objective of the PIP assessment is to assess the impact that health conditions and impairments can have on an individual’s daily life. The PIP assessment is not a medical assessment requiring the Health Care Professional to diagnose a condition or to recommend treatment options.

All Health Care Professionals complete initial and ongoing training on neurological conditions and multiple sclerosis. They also practise several clinical scenarios involving neurological conditions and multiple sclerosis as part of that training. Health Professionals have access to a range of resources as well as experienced clinicians to support them in assessing claimants with complex conditions. In addition, Assessment Providers frequently engage with medical experts, charities and relevant stakeholders to strengthen, review and update their training programmes.

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