Having been selected to carry out assessments for those claiming the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit on behalf of the DWP, we set our commitment to working closely with interested parties to inform the development and implementation of our service. We’re pleased to be able to say that our recent consultation meeting included representatives from 20 disability rights/disabled people’s organisations.
Assessments for PIP begin across some parts of the UK this April, and our aim is to ensure we deliver as fair and consistent a consultation service for claimants as possible.
To achieve this, we know it’s vital that we have input from a range of support organisations that help promote and protect the interests of disabled people.
That’s why we have worked to develop relationships with key organisations to form the Atos Healthcare ‘PIP Engagement Group’. Together with representatives from each group, we have outlined a range of issues where their expertise will be invaluable. We believe that listening to, and enacting where possible, their advice will help us deliver a better service for the benefit of claimants.
That these groups have agreed to meet with us to discuss issues and options for service improvement doesn’t mean they endorse PIP or our role in it. Nonetheless we are committed to consulting on issues to ensure the needs of disabled people are fully catered for within the new service.
The recent meeting of the PIP Engagement Group saw representatives from groups supporting specific conditions, consortia of multiple groups and representatives of local authority groups who help individuals complete claims discuss the design and implementation of the consultations. It will be the first of a series of meetings, with the emphasis post April 2013 shifting to monitoring the quality of on-going service delivery. It is hoped this will help to identify quickly any areas that need to be addressed.
We will post more information about the Group’s discussions over the coming months, so please do check back for updates.
The current list of member organisations includes:
2. BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association)
3. Citizens Advice
4. DeafBlind UK
5. Derbyshire County Council
6. ecdp (Essex based disabled people’s user led organisation)
7. Every Disabled Child Matters
8. Limbless Association
10. Macmillan Cancer Support
12. MND Association (Motor Neurone Disease Association)
13. MSS (Multiple Sclerosis Society)
14. NAS (National Autistic Society)
15. NCODP (Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People)
16. NRAS (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society)
17. Papworth Trust
18. Parkinson’s UK
19. RCN (Royal College of Nursing)
20. RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
22. Terrence Higgins Trust