Dear Department for Work and Pensions.
On the 14th of April I asked a two part question, the second part of the question was:
"Exactly how much experience does the Atos HCP need to have
and exactly what training do they undertake before he/she
is qualified to assess a person with Fibromyalgia or any
other specific condition?"
Your answer did not say EXACTLY what extra training was given with regard to Fibromyalgia and although they must have "3 years post registration experience", it did not state EXACTLY what sort of 'experience' they must have.
Does the extra training given to HCPs assessing claimants consist of an intensive and detailed training course over a number of days or weeks, followed by an examination; or, does it consist of simply reading and completing:
'Continuing Medical Education Programme Fibromyalgia -
Guidelines for the Disability Analyst
Version 4 Final
Module: 14.' ??
What, if any 'specific' experience must assessors have during the 3 years after registration?
i.e. There are numerous nursing qualifications, all registered with the NMC; a nurse who spends 3 years working as an 'SN' (school nurse) would not have the same practical experience as an 'RN7' (a level 2 general nurse)
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