ATOS physiotherapists cannot give opinions on mental health assessments – official.

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August 6th, 2013, 1:34 pm #1

 ATOS physiotherapists cannot give opinions on mental health assessments official. <div class="entry-meta"><div><span class="sep"></span></div></div><div class="entry-content">
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The case involved a claimant, with mental health problems, who suffered from depression and bouts of uncontrollable rage. An Upper Tribunal Judge held that the opinion of a physiotherapist Healthcare Professional (HCP) was only useful for recording what the claimant said and did during the medical/assessment. Any other was useless as evidence because of their lack of expertise of mental health conditions.

The ruling affects all ESA appeals where the severity and effects of a disabled persons mental health is at issue and expertise in this field is required to give an adequate opinion. It may also affect claimants with a wide range of physical health conditions.
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 7:01 pm

August 9th, 2013, 8:10 pm #2

Thanks for posting it.
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