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Questions asked by ATOS HCP at medical re mental health

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Given that face to face assessments have now been conducted for some 3 years does anybody have a typical list of the questions asked by an ATOS HCP to determine points scoring re descriptors for part2 of the ESA 50 ie mental health and cognitive function.....or a link thereto.

 

Questions asked post 3/11 would be of particular interest given that descriptors changed at that time.

 

Such information should assist members to better prepare for the ATOS medical assessment, and moreover, be forewarned of the likely trick questions etc

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Any feedback from mental health advocates, who routinely accompany claimants with mental impairments, would also be welcomed.

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A friend had mentinoned a guide produced by benefits an work publishing re esa/wca is an excellent guide, but it costs £20 to join. Is it really that good a guide ?

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You could probably pick up a similar guide for free online.

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Approx 3 years ago these were the typical questions asked by ATOS at an ESA MEDICAL re mental health (see below). Based on recent (say past 6 months) experience have members been asked similar questions. If not, how did they differ ?

 

Work capability assessment mental health questions

 

1. Do you know what you are here for?

 

2. What are your medical conditions?

 

3. How long have you had these conditions?

 

4. How do these conditions affect you?

 

5. What medication do you take?

 

6. Do you have bowel and bladder control?

 

7. Is there any other medication you are on?

 

8. What type of house do you live in?

 

9. Is there an upstairs or downstairs bathroom?

 

10. Do you always sleep upstairs?

 

11. Do you sleep well?

 

12. How did you get to the medical?

 

13. How long did it take to get there?

 

14. Why did you stop work?

 

15. Do you need help to wash and dress yourself?

 

16. Do you cook?

 

17. Can you follow a recipe?

 

18. Can you follow instructions on microwaveable food?

 

19. Do you deal with your own finances?

 

20. Do you do the shopping?

 

21. How often do you shop?

 

22. Do you do the shopping on your own?

 

23. Do you drive?

 

24. Is the car automatic or manual?

 

25. How long can you drive for?

 

26. Do you have any hobbies or interests?

 

27. Do you read?

 

28. Do you have a computer, what do you use it for and for how long?

 

29. Do you socialise with friends and family?

 

30. Do you drink alcohol?

 

31. How do you feel about coming here today?

 

32. Do you go for a walk?

 

33. How do you feel about changes to routine?

 

34. What happens if an unexpected visitor comes to the house?

 

35. Did you fill the form in yourself?

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