We have announced today that we’ve appointed Scottish healthcare provider NHS Lanarkshire to support us in carrying out assessments for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit initiative in Scotland.
As outlined in a previous blog, PIP is the new benefit being introduced by the Government to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people (16 to 64 years old). The assessments will begin in Scotland in June 2013.
NHS Lanarkshire will be responsible for coordinating and carrying out all consultations in Scotland on behalf of Atos Healthcare, in accordance with DWP terms and conditions as set out in the Health and Disability Assessment Service framework and in line with the Government’s policy on PIP.
I live in Scotland – what does this mean for me?
If you need to attend a PIP consultation when they are introduced next year, Atos Healthcare’s partnership with NHS Lanarkshire means that the assessments will take place at a location close to you in your local community. Your assessment will be carried out by a health practitioner, who is already known within your community. He or she will also have extensive experience in dealing with the needs of people with disabilities.
If you have more questions about the role Atos Healthcare will play in PIP assessments, do keep checking our website as we will be updating it with further information. You can find out more about PIP, including what happens if you’re currently getting Disability Living Allowance, by visiting Directgov or the DWP website.