About the role
Looking for a new skill? Are you a qualified Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Physiotherapist?
As a Disability Assessor (field based), you will embark on a brand new and rewarding role, undertaking an assessment of an individual who is making a claim for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Employed by Capita Health and Wellbeing you will undertake a training programme that will equip you with the new skills essential for the role. The role will be community based within a 20 mile radius of your home address. Using you Occupational Therapy, Nursing or Physiotherapy experience, you will take into account all the information presented by the claimant, including any supporting evidence and then you will carry out a consultation in the claimant’s home or one of our consultation suites. However, if you work in our Initial Review or Escalations Team you will be based in our Birmingham hub, where you will either decide the best route for the claimants PIP assessment report to be completed or provide subject matter expertise internally whilst also managing the DWP re-work process and advice respectively. Whichever role you take you will complete a structured report to be presented to the DWP or the NI SSA
What is PIP?
As part of the Government’s welfare reform agenda, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency (SSA) are introducing a new benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), PIP is designed to better reflect today’s understanding of disability and is focused on helping with the extra costs disabled people face to lead independent lives.
Unlike DLA, where claimants are expected to assess their own eligibility by way of a claim form, the majority of those claiming PIP will have a detailed, face-to-face assessment with an experienced Healthcare Professional. This is where Capita Health and wellbeing – and you – come in.
Who we’re looking for
At least two years’ post-registration experience as an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Nurse or Doctor with a licence to practise; you have a clear understanding of the clinical aspects, and likely functional effects, of a wide-range of health conditions and disabilities.
When it comes to writing the report itself, strong observation and communication skills are obviously a must. Just as important, however, will be the empathy, respect and sensitivity that will help you inspire confidence and trust in everyone you assess.
What’s in it for you?
For many healthcare professionals, becoming a Disability Assessor will be complementary to their existing role. And because both full-time and part-time positions are available on a contract or permanent basis you can fit them around your other commitments.
Our initial training and assessment programme and Capita’s commitment to Continuous Professional Development will ensure you have the skills to do the job. Becoming a Disability Assessor is also a great way to extend your professional experience, broaden your field of expertise and develop your career.
To discuss this exciting opportunity further please contact a member of our dedicated PIP recruitment team
Call Keeley, Paul or Jeanette on 0300 303 8544 or 07880 401279
Do what you trained to do, and apply today.