To: Katrina Rodgers
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Our Ref: FOI941
Dear Katrina Rodgers,
24 March 2015
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we received on 9 March 2015.
You asked: “Please provide ALL the Guidelines for the Disability Analyst (Physical & Mental), produced as
part of a programme for HCPs to carry out medical assessments as approved HCPs. These are
referred to as "Evidence Based Protocols" for medical conditions and are referred to in the
Training & Development Revised WCA Handbook, MEDESAAR2011/2012HB~001, Version: 7
Final 09 February 2015, paragraph 3.4”
In response, please find attached the Evidence Based Protocols requested. It is important to
highlight that DWP learning modules are currently being updated and these updates are
expected to be completed by July 2015 as part of the usual annual cycle of changes. Until then,
you may find that some learning and development information still uses existing terminology
such as ‘Atos Healthcare’ and ‘Medical Services’.
These requested documents have been produced as part of a training programme for approved
Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) to carry out WCA’s. All HCPs undertaking these 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. These documents 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 DWP and/or Atos Healthcare will be protected by Crown
Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under the Open Government
about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please see The National
Archives website -http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/uk-gov-licensing-
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 www.ipo.gov.uk.
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