|ATOS Arthritis protocols|
ATOS (the company that performs assessments of claims for Employment Support Allowance, the benefit that replaces Incapacity Benefit) produces protocols, for its assessors to use when conducting assessments of benefit claims.
Arthritis Care’s medical advisory board took a look at the protocols for arthritis and found them substantially wanting, i.e. out of date, misleading, etc.
Bill Gunneyon, the DWP’s chief medical advisor, responded to Arthritis Care’s concerns by confirming that the DWP will review the protocol. They will inform them when they are due to start doing so, with a view to including Arthritis Care and NRAS in the process.
For more information on the review, contact the WCA Independent Review Team of the Department for Work and Pensions on 0207 449 5612 or mail to: MARK.WILSON@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK