Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Angela Crawley Angela Crawley Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Youth affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Children and Families), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to monitor how accurately health professionals capture information that explains the functional effect of the claimant's reported conditions during personal independence payments and employment and support allowance assessments.

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

The Department has a relentless focus on quality and consistency. The Health Care Assessment Providers have on-going assessment quality improvement plans in place, which include clinical observations, internal audit of assessment reports and tailored training and development tools. These plans are closely monitored by the Department through rigorous performance management arrangements and the requirement for quality assessment reports is assessed through an independent audit, with feedback provided to the provider. These measures monitor how accurately Healthcare Professionals capture information on the functional impact of the claimant’s reported conditions at both Personal Independence Payment and Work Capability Assessments.

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