To: Barbara Donegan
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Our Ref: FOI 103
06 February 2017
Dear Barbara Donegan,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we received on 10 January 2017.
You asked: ‘Please provide details (and copies, if such documents exist) of any current guidance provided to
medical staff carrying out medical examinations for the purposes of assessing entitlement to
industrial injuries benefits.
Please provide details (and copies, if such documents exist) of any current guidance provided to
medical staff for the purposes of providing advice to decision makers, when assessing
entitlement to industrial injuries benefits. (I understand that decision makers can request such
Please note that I am not requesting information about guidance issued directly to decision
makers, such as the decision makers guide. I would like to find out, instead, whether there is the
equivalent of the Work Capability Assessment Handbook, for industrial injuries benefits.’
As requested, please find attached the requested documents; Industrial Injuries Benefit
Handbook 1 for Healthcare Professionals – The Principles of Assessment and Industrial Injuries
Benefit Handbook 2 for Healthcare Professionals – The Prescribed Diseases. This is guidance
that is issued to Healthcare Professionals that undertake Industrial Injuries assessments.
Some information contained within handbook 1 falls within the exemptions allowed by Section
40(2) 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, and
the disclosure may breach data protection principles.
Additionally, some information contained in the document falls within the exemptions allowed by
Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act and has therefore been redacted.
Where information is exempt under Section 43 this is due to it being commercially sensitive and
release of the information would prejudice the interests of our Healthcare providers and the
Department’s future dealings with them or other service providers.
In applying this exemption the Department has balanced the public interest in withholding the
information against the public interest in disclosing the information and consider there is no
overarching public interest argument in favour of releasing this information as the Department is
unable to prejudice its commercial interests.
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