Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) often struggle to find the perfect work life balance, due to the demands of work. To tackle this, they tend to turn to locum work as a solution, however this may reduce job stability and certainty of working patterns. Thus, the role of a functional assessor offers a stable job as well as a balanced lifestyle. We have put together this guide outlining the role, benefits and requirements required to become a functional assessor.
What is a Functional Assessor?
The role of a functional assessor requires you to conduct face to face interviews with benefit claimants and conduct a clinical assessment for the Centre for Health & Disability Assessments. The role particularly suits individuals who possess good clinical assessment skills and are confident in making decisions.
As you will be working closely with claimants, strong interpersonal skills are important. You would be required to write succinct reports, however a training programme is available to help you produce professional health assessments and write concise, yet detailed reports.
What are the benefits of being a Functional Assessor?
The role gives you an opportunity to swap unsociable hours for standard business hours in an office based environment. Your typical working day will be 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Working as a functional assessor provides you with an opportunity to develop your clinical knowledge when you come into contact with a range of conditions, in comparison to working in a single speciality.
Annual salaries start at approximately £44,000 in London and £38,000 for surrounding regions throughout England. Further benefits may include paid training, private healthcare and pension scheme.
What are the Specific Requirements Required to be a Functional Assessor?
To pursue a career as a functional assessor, you will need to be an NMC nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist with at least two years post-registration experience. You must also have a current HCPC registration to be eligible to apply.
Due to the nature of the role, strong written and oral communication is required as well as confident interpersonal skills.
If this role is of interest to you and you meet the requirements, take a look at our latest opportunities here, or call one of our specialised Consultants if you have any questions on 0203 897 1563.