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Changes to ESA – January 2013

 

Some changes came into effect yesterday on the 28th January 2013 in relation to ESA and the consideration of cancer treatment.  The Department for Work and Pensions explained the changes in a press release issued in September.

The ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire has been updated so that a healthcare professional can add relevant details to the questionnaire. For anyone not receiving cancer treatment the questionnaire asks for very similar information as before.

See also:

The importance of additional medical information to the WCA process

 Atos-Healthcare-limited-capability-for-work-questionniare.jpg.docxAtos Healthcare consideration of evidence, before arranging an appointment for a Work Capability Assessment.

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Advice from a health care professional

We understand that many people who have an upcoming Work Capability Assessment (WCA) may feel apprehensive.The health care professionals who carry out the assessments are also aware that it can be a stressful time when you’re going through the process. So they’ve offered some advice for people about to attend a WCA.

This ranges from encouraging you to bring a companion along to your appointment if it’ll help you feel more comfortable, to reminding you to bring any existing medical evidence with you, like letters from your GP.

If you’ve got a WCA coming up, why not take a look at our infographic to see the advice from our health care professionals?

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 See also:

How the Atos Healthcare health care professional assesses capability

Atos Healthcare: What to expect from your Work Capability Assessment

How new additional medical information is used during a Work Capability Assessment

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Atos Healthcare: What experience and training do health care professionals have?

Our health care professionals who carry out Work Capability Assessments come from a range of backgrounds – some were doctors in their previous role and others nurses or physiotherapists. All are qualified clinicians, with at least three years post-registration experience, who have worked directly with patients in previous jobs.

Only a small percentage of those who apply to become a health care professional with us are accepted. Those who are undergo a period of initial training, followed by practical assessment and 100% audit before they can be considered for approval by the DWP. After this, a continuing medical education programme, along with access to a Mental Function Champion, means that health care professionals are equipped to assess individuals who have mental, intellectual or cognitive impairments.

For more information, why not take a look at this infographic?

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 See also:

How the Atos Healthcare health care professional assesses capability

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What can the Atos Healthcare contact centre help you with?

We know that many individuals who have an upcoming Work Capability Assessment (WCA) have questions about the assessment, and the claim process.

The Atos Healthcare contact centre can help you with questions about your appointment, such as booking an interpreter for your assessment. However, there are some queries that only the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) can answer.

This infographic is a guide to when you should get in touch with Atos Healthcare, when you should consult the DWP, and how to do so. You may also find answers to your questions in our FAQ.

See also:

Help finding your WCA assessment centre

Taking special requirements into account for the WCA

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What should I bring to my Work Capability Assessment?

One of the main questions people have ahead of a forthcoming Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is around what they need to take to their appointment.

Everyone undergoing a WCA should bring their appointment letter and proof of identity with them to the assessment centre.

You should also bring anything else that will help you explain to the health care professional who will be assessing you how your condition affects you day to day, such as medication or letters from your GP.

Here’s a handy checklist you can use to make sure you have everything you’ll need.

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See also:

The importance of additional medical information to the WCA process

How new additional medical information is used during a Work Capability Assessment

 

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