Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide me with the following documents/files:

Rework Guidance:
- MED-DLARW01
- MED–SPVARP01
- MED-IBESAIIDBSDARP01
- MED-LPRRAP01

- “Presentation and Process Attributes ta.xls” shown inserted on page 12 of IQA Desk Aid – MSCMT Contract MED-IDAIC01.
- “Professional Issues Attributes.xls” shown inserted on page 17 of IQA Desk Aid – MSCMT Contract MED-IDAIC01.
- “Stage 3 Attribute table.xls” shown inserted on page 18 of IQA Desk Aid – MSCMT Contract MED-IDAIC01.
- “ESA Attributes Table.xls” shown inserted on page 23 of IQA Desk Aid – MSCMT Contract MED-IDAIC01.

- Guidance for Examining Health Care Professionals (MED/S2/EHCP~0010, September 2009)
- Guidance on the use of Personal Descriptions employed in Medical Reports. (MED/S2/CMEP~0010, January 2010)
- Working with Diversity Self Directed Learning Pack (MED CME WWD 001 v3 November 2009 )
- Improving the Claimant's Experience & Avoiding Complaints (Self-Directed Learning Pack) (MED CMEP CEAC 0063(a) v3 September 2009)
- The Disability Discrimination Act (MED/S2/CMEP~0016, September 2007)
- Consent and Confidentiality (MED CMEP 0083 August 2009)

- Evidence based protocols for the disability analyst – musculoskeletal (CD latest issue)
- Evidence based protocols for the disability analyst – cardiorespiratory (CD latest issue)
- Evidence based protocols for the disability analyst - mental health (CD latest issue)
- The assessment of claimants with drug and alcohol problems (MED/S2/CMEP~0036, March 2008)
- Effective report writing (MED/S2/CMEP~0018, April 2009)
- Critical Evaluation of evidence (MED/S2/CMEP~0037, February 2009)
- Dealing with aggressive and potentially violent behaviour Self directed learning (MED CMEP DWAPVB 0062 (a) v1 January 2008)
- Training and Guidance in Statement taking, Gathering, and Recording Information (MED/S2/CMEP~0048, November 2008).
- WFHRA Handbook v3 (MED-WFHRAHB~001 May 2009)
- MED-IBESAIISBSDARP01 v4, December 2009 for IB, ESA, IIDB and SDA

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)/Department for Work and Pensions/Room 306/Block 31/Norcross/Norcross Lane/Blackpool/FY5 3TA

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Dear Mr Slater

Please see your FOI response attached, please note that there will be 2 responses as the file sizes are over the maximum limit for us to send in 1 email.

Kind regards

Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)/Department for Work and Pensions/Room 306/Block 31/Norcross/Norcross Lane/Blackpool/FY5 3TA

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Karen M left an annotation ()

Interesting to read the bit about claimants being responsible for providing the recording equipment if the recording is to be regarded as legit. The logistics are insurmountable and probably contrary to "reasonable adjustments" in the case of cognitive impairments and sensory loss.

How is a sensory-impaired person, for example, supposed to resource this in the time frame between submitting ESA50 and the WCA?
How readily available is the equipment?
What about the MEC's insurance/liability regarding damage etc?

I know that is a lot of questions that may not be possible to answer. Maybe somebody has experience to pass onto sensory impaired people or to people with cognitive problems?

Gerald Jones left an annotation ()

Karen,

If a disabled person by virtue of their disability reasonably needs a recording then the DWP/Atos should allow recording as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act.The real issue is the DWP insistence that only dual recording equipment is allowed to be used and that it gets a copy of the recording (I believe this to be unlawful). Until it gets tested by the courts I think the argument will simply carry on.

William Hammonds left an annotation ()

Atos HCP can misrepresent a client in all wca reports.
The only way to put a stop to this is to have an audio recording made of the wca.
Atos will offer to supply the audio equipment. When you arrive at your wca they will ask you to sign a waiver which states that you will not use the recording for any other purpose than to assist your claim. After all, the recording will belong to them and they can decide what a copy can be used for.
If you have a wca booked you can take your own recording equipment as long as you give formal notice that you intend to record.
This will make the recording yours, and you can use it to prosecute the HCP privately. The Hcp can not hide behind the corporation when accused of misrepresentation which has caused loss or harm.
Small claims courts were designed to simplify claims, and I can assure you that you will be surprised at how easy it can be to prosecute. One step above small claims courts are fast track courts. These courts are also a breeze. Try visiting any of these courts and ask an official how to make a claim, they will gladly help you as it is in their interest to have the business.

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