This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Updates ESA Filework Guidelines'.

To: Dan Manville  
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team  
e-mail: freedom-of-information-
Dear  XX  ,
Our Ref: FOI 3347 
11 August 2014
Dear Mr Manville 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we received on 25 July 2014.  
You asked: 
“Have the ESA Filework Guidelines been updated since March 2013? If so please provide a 
Also can you confirm whether publishing them to has been considered and if so provide 
the justification for their omission when the WCA handbook is published and updated.” 

In response  
Please find enclosed the latest version of the Employment Support Allowance Filework 
Guidelines V10 that is issued to approved Healthcare Professionals (HCPs), the information you 
requested which has been issued by myself as DWP’s Health Services Freedom of Information 
This requested document has been produced as part of a programme for HCPs to carry out 
medical assessments as approved HCPs. All HCPs undertaking these medical assessments 
must be registered medical or nursing practitioners who in addition, have undergone training in 
disability assessment medicine and more specific training. The training includes theory training 
in a classroom setting, supervised practical training, and a demonstration of understanding as 
assessed by quality audit. This document must be read with the understanding that, as 
experienced medical or nursing practitioners, the HCPs will have detailed knowledge of the 
principles and practice of diagnostic techniques and therefore such information is not contained 
in these documents. In addition, these are not stand-alone documents, and form only a part of 
the training and written documentation that a HCP receives. As disability assessment is a 
practical occupation, much of the guidance also involves verbal information and coaching. Thus, 
although the documents may be of interest to non-medical readers, some of the information may 
not be readily understood without background medical knowledge and an awareness of the 
other training and guidance given to HCPs.  
The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright. You are free to use it for 
your own purposes, including for private study and non-commercial research, and for any other 
purpose authorised by an exception in current copyright law. Documents (except photographs) 
can be also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of news reporting. Any 

other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright 
I believe some of the information contained in the document falls within the exemptions allowed 
by Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act and has therefore been redacted.  The Section 
40 exemption is applied on the basis that it is personal data about a third party, in this case 
names of DWP and/or Atos Healthcare employees who are below the Senior Civil Service (SCS) 
Grade, and it is Departmental policy that the names of employees below SCS grades are not 
released and the disclosure would breach data protection principles. 
Most documents produced by the Department for Work and Pensions and/or Atos Healthcare 
will be protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under 
the Open Government Licence (
licence/). For information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please 
see The National Archives website -
management/uk-gov-licensing-framework.htm .  
Copyright in other documents may rest with a third party. For information about obtaining 
permission from a third party see the Intellectual Property Office’s website at 
I can confirm that the Department has not formally considered publishing the ESA filework 
guidelines on The Freedom of Information (FOI) act is not about creating information, 
entering a debate on the meaning or definition of phrases used or educating the requestor on 
what things mean. Therefore the justification for not publishing these guidelines on the 
site cannot be classed as relating to the FOI Act. 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.   
Yours sincerely 
Correspondence Team 
Health Services Directorate  
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