There is a signiﬁcant and growing body of evidence that the WCA is failing to assess people’s ﬁtness for work accurately and appropriately, with people who are seriously physically and mentally ill being found ﬁt for work and those with acute, transient episodes being assessed as lacking capacity and treated in the same way as those with a longer term prognosis.
In addition, appeals against the decisions occur in approximately 50 per cent of all cases, with approximately half of those appeals ultimately upheld.
Further details on the format of the assessment, its administration, evaluation, and the significant problems experienced by those being assessed can be found in the Briefing Paper below:
In response to these findings, The Society's Call to Action calls for the introduction of:
- a reliable, valid and fully researched method of assessment to replace the Limited Capacity for Work Questionnaire (ESA 50) and the face-to-face Work Capability Assessment.
- appropriate training in assessment, scoring and interpretation for assessors.
- specialist assessors to assess people with mental, cognitive and intellectual functioning difﬁculties.
- supervision for assessors from qualiﬁed clinicians with expertise in rehabilitation, assessment and interpretation.
- appropriate referral routes for those with mental, cognitive and intellectual functioning difﬁculties, with specialist assessment and support.
- appropriate periods of reassessment for people with long-term conditions based on specialist advice to accurately reﬂect the prognosis.
The full document can be accessed below: