Medical Examination for Claiming
You will probably have a medical assessment for your ESA claim. This
can simply be the filling in of a form of questionnaire - or an actual
medical examination by a qualified health care professional.
Basically the Assessment for ESA is in two distinct parts - after
which the DWP will receive a report based upon your assessment or
It is a straightforward procedure to see if you are able to do any
work, and if so what type of work you are capable of. If it is decided
that you should have a physical medical examination, this will not be
invasive - though you will obviously be asked some questions about
yourself and general health.
Before you are actually given an appointment for the medical
assessment, it would be as well to sit down with a pen and
paper, and make a list of the things that you feel are important
to get across to the interviewer - relating to the way your
illness is preventing you from doing any work, or preventing you
from doing certain types of work.
It is best to write these down - for your own use - so that iof you get
flustered on the day of your medical assessment, you can refer to the
notes that you have prepared for yourself. REMEMBER - these notes are
for your own use, and you need not show them to the interview staff.
You should think about things like.....
What normal tasks you are unable to do on a day to day basis.
These may include things that you are unable to do in everyday life.
- Physical things like bending down, sitting for long periods
of time, standing for long without getting dizzy, free movement
of any joints (elbows, knees. wrists etc). Breathlessness after
doing simple tasks like the washing-up.
- Mental problems like not being able to think or cope in
certain situations. Worrying about meeting people, or what
people think about you.
- Any problems that you had in your last job, that either made
you feel ill or made it impossible to carry out certain tasks.
- Are any of your special problems confined to just the odd day or
are they more regular than that. What brings them on?
- Is there any support that you think you need in order to start
work - or carry on that work once you have found a suitable job.
Be realistic - you will be talking to a professional who has probably
heard most of it before. That does not mean that you do not have real
problems. On the contrary, the advisor will be better placed to help and
advise you because of their past experience.
Attending the ESA Medical Assessment Interview.
Make sure that you have some form or document that actually proves
that you are who you say you are!!! - A passport of picture driving
licence is ideal, but if you have neither of those, then your personal
bank statements or your birth certificate for instance.
If you are taking any medicines - prescribed or not - then you should
take these with you - together with any health aids that you normally
use - hearing aids, spectacles, magnifying glass etc.
Your medical assessment may only involve you in attending the
interview. BUT after that, the healthcare professional may decide that
you should have a proper physical medical examination. Not the kind of
examination your own doctor would do, for your own doctor will be trying
to find the cause of an illness.
In the case of the ESA medical, the doctor is trying to find
out if you can work, and if so what kind of work you would be capable
of. So - for instance - if you say you have tennis elbow, he/she will
probably ask you to move that joint and question you about it. They will
obviously take into account, and question you about all of the things
that you claim to have wrong.
It may well be that the health care professional may not even have to
examine you physically - just discuss your problems so that they can see
a way forward to help you back to some form of work - or confirm that
you are indeed not capable of certain types of work.
ESA Medical Interview Length.
The normal interview and assessment takes up to 45 minutes, and is
based upon your information about why you cannot work or do certain
It will be a detailed question and answer affair, with wide ranging
questions possible about how your living conditions, hobbies,
activities, and help you receive. Also the problems you had at your last
You may then be told that the advisor thinks a medical examination is
necessary, and they will ask you if you are prepared to have this. If
you have any concerns about this medical examination, then tell the
advisor, and they will answer any questions you have, or try to dispel
any worries that you may have.
At the time of the medical, the healthcare professional will fill in
a form about your conditions (You are not able to see what is written at
this stage) and then send that for (ESA85) to the DWP. If you want to
see that form, you will have to ask the DWP, and they will then send you
a copy through the post.