DWP's "Health and Work Conversation"

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Further to your reply toFoI 4157 please provide the following information:

1) Bearing in mind that claimants will not yet have been assessed, what qualifications will the work coaches be required to hold, and what training will they be given.

2) You state that "The conversation was co-designed by the DWP with BIT, health and disabled people's charities, and front line staff. It draws on an extensive body of behavioural research
undertaken by Professor Gabriele Oettingen and others at New York University. "

I understand that Professor Oettingen herself describes her own ideas as "offbeat" (http://www.mentorcoach.com/oettingen2/)

Please list the disabled people's charities involved, along with details of the research undertaken by Oettingen et al which was used, and whether it was peer reviewed.

Yours faithfully,

Roy Bard

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Further to your reply toFoI 4157 please provide the following information:

1) Bearing in mind that claimants will not yet have been assessed, what qualifications will the work coaches be required to hold, and what training will they be given.

2) You state that "The conversation was co-designed by the DWP with BIT, health and disabled people's charities, and front line staff. It draws on an extensive body of behavioural research undertaken by Professor Gabriele Oettingen and others at New York University. "

I understand that Professor Oettingen herself describes her own ideas as "offbeat" (http://www.mentorcoach.com/oettingen2/)

Please list the disabled people's charities involved, along with details of the research undertaken by Oettingen et al which was used, and whether it was peer reviewed.

Yours faithfully,

Roy Bard

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

I asked you

1) Bearing in mind that claimants will not yet have been assessed, what qualifications will the
work coaches be required to hold, and what training will they be given.

You replied :

1) We will ensure that work coaches are sufficiently trained so that they feel confident to
deliver the Health and Work Conversation safely and effectively. In order to successfully
embed the learning and to ensure that work coaches are well supported, we will also be
training Work Coach Managers so that they can help colleagues delivering these
conversations.

"Sufficient" does not tell us what the training will comprise of, who will deliver of and how long it will take, nor what qualification people will have to intervene in the lives of people who have yet to be assessed by what your department terms 'Health Care Professionals' . How is this 'Freedom of Information'?

I asked:

2. Please list the disabled people's charities involved, along with details of the research
undertaken by Oettingen et al which was used, and whether it was peer reviewed

You did list the Charities but I still hav no idea what actual 'research' from Professor Oettigens self described "offbeat" ideas you used, nor whether it was peer reviewed.

I put it to you that you failed to answer the question and therefore failed to provide 'Freedom of Information'

Yours sincerely,

Roy Bard

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Dear Roy,

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Yours sincerely

DWP Strategy FoI Team

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Please see the attached reply to your Freedom of Information request.
 

Yours sincerely
 
DWP Strategy FoI Team

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