Disability assessors play an important role in the UK’s health system, however there is a lack of clarity as to what they do. We have put together a quick guide to allow you to gain an understanding of their role.
What is a disability assessor?
A disability assessor is a medical professional who fairly assesses the situations of those with a disability, to see if they qualify for PIP. They evaluate whether the person is able to work, how mobile they are and decide what types of living aids they may require.
They are responsible for assigning crutches for someone who may have a leg injury and have difficulty walking or perhaps sign off benefits for those unable to work. Accurate reports are essential in this role as the information can chance someone’s life and provide them with the support that they need.
What is PIP?
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps those between the ages of 16 and 64 with extra costs of long-term health conditions or disabilities. It attempts to aid those who perhaps struggle to meet any additional costs of living with a health condition that may impact their everyday living.
What does the role involve?
The role requires you to work in an assessment centre or conducting an assessment in people’s homes. Each assessment entails a written report reviewing the applicant’s history, how their health condition may affect their everyday functionality, the medication they use, treatments they may receive and any other applicable information.
What are the eligibility and requirements to be a disability assessor?
The role would suit experienced healthcare professionals, such as nurses (RGN, RMN, RNLD, OHA, OHN), paramedics, physiotherapists or occupational therapists, with or approaching 2 years post registration experience.
As the role requires you to create accurate reports, clear, well-ordered report writing skills are essential. Furthermore, since you will be working closely with claimants, strong observation, assessment and communication skills are vital.
It is important for disability assessors to also empathise with claimants, in order to establish how their health conditions affects their everyday life, capability to look after themselves and their capacity to work. As you may work in an assessment centre or at people’s home, it is important that you are flexible to travel to different locations.
If this role is of interest to you and you meet the requirements, take a look at our latest opportunities here. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to call one of our specialised Consultants if you have any questions on 0203 897 1563.