In recent years there have been calls for the need for assessments of complex conditions, such as brain injury, to be carried out by those with specialist knowledge.
In March 2023, the government published the Health and Disability White Paper, which states that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will test the use of specialist assessors with knowledge of health conditions.
Leading brain injury charity, Headway has welcomed the government’s commitment to introduce specialist assessors with knowledge of health conditions following ongoing campaigning, including its Right First Time campaign.
This proposal aims to prevent ongoing and persistent failures for brain injury survivors and their families by introducing more rigorous and specialist assessments.
The consequences of a serious injury, including those that affect the brain or spine, are life-changing to both the victim and their family. Therefore, ensuring that a person’s needs are adequately provided for financially and physically is essential.
Following a severe injury, you will undergo an assessment to identify your immediate and long-term needs. When this happens, it is vital that the assessor covers all bases and provides you with access to the best plan and support. As a result, the government’s introduction of using assessors with specialist knowledge of the condition is welcomed.
It will be interesting to see how the assessors will be trained and how the new scheme will look in practice for survivors of serious injuries.
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