ESA Home Assesments

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Can you please provide the latest guidance for allowing a home assessment provided by Maximus. I have found one but it dates back to 2013 so I'm unsure if it's still relevant as it related to Atos.

Secondly, can you provide the list of conditions that require a medical practitioner to carry out the assessment which is available through your LiveLink as per the following guidance-
'A list of conditions suitable for assessment by neurology trained nurses and
physiotherapists and those suitable for assessment only by a registered medical
practitioner is available on LiveLink under “Neurological Condition List by
ESA Filework Guidelines'

Lastly, Maimus quote the following on their website. '. If it is clear that you are able to attend GP or hospital appointments, you will normally be expected to attend an Assessment Centre for your ESA appointment'. However, your own guidance does not mention 'hospital appointments' so there is clearly a distinct difference between your guidance and their interpretation of it.

My question is- does attending a hospital appointment preclude someone from receiving a home assessment? If so, surely that wouldn't allow for any home assessment on this basis as most sick/disabled people may well be under the care of a consultant or need tests which cannot be carried out at home, like an MRI scan for example. So please clarify the information given by Maximus and which guidance is correct.

Yours faithfully,

K Sutton

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Dear Ms Sutton,
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