MEC Administration Guide V6

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In relation to the MEC Administration Guide MED-MECAG01 Version: 6 (Final) 07 March 2011:

Section 9 states that an admin person (MSC Staff) will determine the suitability of an HCP to see the next claimant.
Question - What medical or other training do these admin people have to make this decision?
Question - Do these admin people have full access to all of the same data as the HCP?

Section 9.1.2 states “ESA referrals will continue to be sifted at the Pre-board check stage to determine whether the Claimant should be assessed by a nurse or a RMP.”

Question - Please confirm which staff carry out these ‘pre-board’ checks, what medical qualifications they hold and which professional bodies do they have to be a member of?

Section 9.2.3 states that chaperones can be asked by the HCP to take measurements related to the height, weight and eyesight of the claimant without the HCP being present. In respect of the chaperones:
Question - What medical qualifications or training do they have that enables them to carry out these duties?
Question - Are all chaperones CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked and approved?

Section 9.1.4
Question - Please provide data that explains what the Seibel system is specifically used for (i.e. what kind of data is stored on it and for what purpose) and which organisation owns it (DWP or Atos). Please do not waste my time providing generic Seibel data as with over 20 years professional experience in the IT industry I am perfectly familiar with systems such as Seibel.

Section “15.1 Completion of form AC1” states that “Allocated Practitioner” will have already been entered on the AC1”.
Question - Please confirm what the “Allocated Practitioner” means (i.e. is it the HCP assigned to complete the WCA).

Question - Please provide me with the following documents referenced in the guide.
- AL 1 Flyer (as referenced in MEC Administrators Guide)
- BF223 (MEC Admin Guide suggests there is more than one version please supply copy of all versions in use)

Question - why is section “10.9 Audio and video taping of examinations “completely out of date with current DWP announcements and publications? How have the MEC staff been updated by the DWP to reflect the current status of audio recording of WCA?

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

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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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