Mental health qualifications.

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department for Work and Pensions should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

As your decision makers are allowed to decide on the outcome of Work Capeability Assessements for individuals suffering from mental health conditions, some severe (sometimes resulting in catastrophic results, of the sufferers including suicides).

1: Under the FOI act I would like you to provide me with a copy of the recognised mental health qualifications your decision makers obviously hold to enable them to accurately decide the outcome of mental health sufferers WCA's.

2: Please provide me with a copy of the corresponding course syllabus for this aspect of their training and any other relevant documentation in relation to their training in mental health.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Eccles

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Dear Operations FOI Requests,

Thank you for the response.
Following on.....

1: How many times durng the last 12 months have decision makers over ruled the findings of a Health
Care Professional? For instance, during a medical a HCP finds a client unfit for work but the decision maker over rules the HCP and decides that the client is fit for work.

2: Please provide me with a copy of the legislation that permits a decision maker to over rule the findings of a Health Care Professional.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Eccles

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Mental health qualifications.'.

RE my recent request.
1: How many times during the last 12 months have decision makers over ruled the
findings of a Health Care Professional? For instance, during a medical a HCP finds a
client unfit for work but the decision maker over rules the HCP and decides that the
client is fit for work.
2: Please provide me with a copy of the legislation that permits a decision maker to
over rule the findings of a Health Care Professional.”
In which you replied thus....

"Q1. Please note that DWP does not 'overrule' Health Care Professional ‘findings’ but
makes decisions based on advice/recommendation of the Health Care Professionals
(HCP) who carry out the assessments."

I have recorded a phone call with Maximus who carry out the medical assesements and they informed me that your decision makers 'often' overrule the HCPs advice when clients are unfit for work.

You then went on to state that you Do hold the information...

" With respect to your first question, we can confirm that we hold information on where
the HCP recommendation is not the same as the decision made by the DM. However,
we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate
limit for central Government, set by regulations at £600. This represents the estimated
cost of one person spending 3½ working days in determining whether the Department
holds the information and locating, retrieving and extracting it."

I put it to you that as you have acknowleged that you do hold the information, there will be no requirement to perform a search to determin whether the Department holds the information.

Please provide me with the information I requested or I shall pass this file to the ICO and publish their findings Nationally.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Eccles

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Thank you for your Freedom of Information review request.

Please note that it is our internal target to answer reviews within 20 working days unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request, or the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered which we will keep you informed about.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

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DWP Strategy FoI Team

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If you are not happy with this response you may request an internal review by e-mailing [DWP request email] or by writing to DWP, Central FoI Team,
Caxton House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NA. Any review request should be submitted within two months of the date of this letter. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,
You are late with your response and are breaking the law.
Please respond immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Eccles

Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

You have until close of business today to respond. If you fail, my file will be sent to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Eccles

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