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DLA is ending

Until recently only people with a new claim, or people whose Disability Living Allowance (DLA) award needed to be reviewed or was ending, have been assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The government is now starting to end DLA for those people with long term or indefinite DLA awards. This means that these people will need to make a claim for PIP in order to continue receiving support to cover some of the extra costs associated with their health condition or disability.

The DWP keep an up-to-date timetable for the rollout of PIP on their website.

The PIP Claim Process

In the first instance, all claims for PIP must be made to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who will consider the claim eligibility criteria and, if they are met, they will refer the claim to be reviewed by a health professional (HP).  The role of the HP is to be independent from DWP and to assess the individual’s ability to carry out daily living activities as set out in the PIP criteria. The independent advice provided by our HPs is in the form of a report that details what parts of the PIP criteria you meet and where you require further support due to your illness or disability.

The PIP Assessment Process

In cases where sufficient relevant evidence is provided with and in the completed PIP Part 2 form, the HP will provide advice to the DWP without needing to see you face-to-face. However, the majority of people will need to be seen face-to-face. This is because in most cases, the HP will require more information on how your disability affects you to be able to provide an accurate report to DWP.

The HP undertaking the assessment is not trying to confirm the diagnosis of your condition; they are simply interested in how your disability or health conditions affect your ability to live independently. It is very common to find that the impact of similar conditions is different for each individual and indeed it is unlikely that everyone will respond in the same way to treatment. It is for these reasons that you may be asked to see an HP face-to-face so that they can listen to how your daily life is affected by the disability or health conditions that you have.

In some cases we will ask to see you face-to-face in a consultation centre because after reviewing your application, we feel that you will be able to make the journey. However, you should contact us using the phone number on the appointment letter if you feel that the journey will be too challenging.

You can find lots more information about the PIP assessment process on our website.

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DWP have set dates for the further extension of PIP reassessments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have recently announced a further extension of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessments to several new postcode areas from the 25th May, 22nd June and 27th July 2015. The updated version of the map that they produce to illustrate the rollout is below.

Reassessment means that the following current DLA recipients will be invited to claim PIP

  • those with fixed period DLA awards ending ;
  • young people turning 16;
  • those where there is a report of a change in the DLA claimant’s health condition or disability; and
  • existing DLA claimants aged 16-64 who wish to make a PIP claim.

 

More information about the design of PIP can be found on the gov.uk website.  We have produced information about the assessment process for PIP.  You can find this information on this blog, as well as on the Atos Healthcare website.

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PIP reassessments extend to more postcodes

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have recently announced a further rollout of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessments to several new postcode areas from the 30th March 2015. They have produced the map below to show the new areas and the rollout so far.

Reassessment means that the following current Disability Living Allowance  (DLA) recipients will be invited to claim PIP:

  • those with fixed period DLA awards ending ;
  • young people turning 16;
  • those where there is a report of a change in the DLA claimant’s health condition or disability; and
  • existing DLA claimants aged 16-64 who wish to make a PIP claim.

 

More information about the design of PIP can be found on the gov.uk website.  We have produced information about the assessment process for PIP.  You can find this information on this blog, as well as on our website.

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Where to go for more information on Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment is a new benefit and will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance for working age people.  This is a very important level of financial support for people with conditions and disabilities who face extra costs associated with living independently.  It is understandable that there will be many questions about this change and not surprisingly there is a great deal of information available and from many different sources.

Useful PIP information from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)Atos-Healthcare-pip-links-signpost

For many people the most appropriate place to start will be the gov.uk websites relating to PIP; they give a very good overview of the eligibility criteria and what to expect from the benefit. There is also information for support organisations that help claimants in completing the ‘how your disability affects you’ questionnaire.

Here are some examples of what is available:

The UK government has decided that people applying for PIP should be assessed against standard criteria and that the assessment should be done independently of DWP by appointed ‘Assessment Providers’.  Atos Healthcare and Capita have been appointed as the PIP assessment providers for the UK.

Useful PIP information from Atos Healthcare

Atos Healthcare has provided information on our website about our approach to PIP assessment provision, against criteria set by the DWP.  We also provide this information in the letters that we send to claimants who are invited to a face to face consultation as part of their assessment.

We aim to provide information in a number of different formats to help explain our part of the process to people with differing communications needs.  The assessment process is depicted in our animation. Our frequently asked questions section and this blog also provide information on a range of topics related to our role in the assessment process.

Atos-Healthcare-pip-links-computer-screePIP Information from charities and other organisations

In addition to information from the DWP and from the Assessment Providers, there is a wealth of information provided by Disability Representative Groups (DRG).  These groups often provide information that is focused on specific conditions or disabilities and in many cases is more directly relevant to an individual with that condition.

Disability Rights UK has written a comprehensive guide to PIP, which includes detailed information on the entire process, including making the initial claim, filling in the form, and the face-to-face consultation.

fact sheet from Carers UK explains the differences between three benefits, PIP, Disability Living Allowance, and Attendance Allowance.

There is also more information available from other charities – we’ve listed some links below from these groups where you can find more information on welfare reform and benefits

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Health Professional training

Atos Healthcare, together with our healthcare partner organisations, has a large team of skilled Health Professionals (HP) in place to deliver Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments.   All of these HPs are fully qualified in their chosen discipline and all have at least two years post registration experience.  In addition to this they also undertake a comprehensive training programme, tailored to suit their professional background and experience, covering all aspects of the face-to-face PIP assessment. This includes comprehensive coverage of the PIP guidance, activities and descriptors provided by The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as well as topics such as communication skills, both in general terms and for specific situations. Their training includes the causes of impairment, both physical and mental, providing a good grounding in disability analysis.  Moreover, they have access to the support of Health Professional Champions with specialist knowledge in specific areas, such as mental function.

The Health Professionals, following their training, are subject to supervised practice, quality assurance and audit prior to DWP approval.  In common with all HPs in the UK our staff will continue their learning and professional development over the months and years to come using a programme tailored to their role as disability analysts. Continuous Professional Development modules will be developed and agreed annually with the DWP and based on a robust training needs analysis.  This analysis will be informed by feedback from various sources including: the DWP; disability representative groups; and internal audits. A Health Professional’s quality and performance is also closely managed on an individual level, based on such things as positive and negative feedback raised by you, as well as quality audits.

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More information about Health Professional’s training can be found on our website.

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