Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please disclose information you hold about the "Health and Work Conversation" mentioned in today's consultation on Work, health and disability: improving lives.

Please include specimen copies of this DWP tool and specifically details of the role the Behaviour Insights Team played in it's creation.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

You have said I can expect a response by Monday 28 November 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Frank Zola

Operations FOI Requests, Department for Work and Pensions

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Fiona Nicholson left an annotation ()

The Health and Work Conversation is a conversation rather than a tool. The conversation will consist of the following principal elements:
 An opportunity for the Work Coach to get to know individuals, to build rapport and trust, and to understand more about the individual as a whole person: their background and the things that really matter to them in their lives.
 A goal-setting exercise, in which the individual chooses a short-term personal goal and works with the Work Coach to plan steps to achieve their goal. This goal can be related to health or work, but does not need to be about either of these. Individuals will identify ways to overcome possible obstacles they face in their everyday lives, to increase their motivation and build resilience. Work Coaches will use discretion throughout to ensure that these exercises are used only where circumstances are appropriate.
 The HWC will be followed by an action planning exercise, in which the Work Coach and individual will work together to devise a Claimant Commitment once it is introduced.
 The work coach will inform the claimant about the support available to help them to improve their situation.

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DWP letter to ESA claimants: No need to share your disability, illness or health information before or at the Health & Work Conversation

“Claimants not required to disclose sensitive personal data as part of” Health and Work Conversation. DWP Minister

More of the 'Conversation' aka "tool"

Frank Zola left an annotation ()

@DWP says completion of Health and Work Conversation questionnaire booklet not mandatory…only ‘conversation’!

Oxymoronic Catch-22 @DWP: New ‘Health & Work Conversation’ is both mandatory and ‘voluntary’…

DWP’s mandatory Work and Health Conversation – Consent and your sensitive personal data

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