Capita to provide assessments for Personal Independence Payments across central England and Wales
The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced the award of three regional contracts to deliver health and disability assessments for the new Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Capita plc has been awarded one of the three contracts, to deliver assessments across central England and Wales. The precise scope of the contract is still being defined but it is anticipated to be worth around £140m over 5 years.
PIP, which is part of the Government's welfare reform agenda, will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age (16 to 64) from 8 April 2013, and is designed to better reflect today's understanding of disability. Assessments will be provided for new claimants of PIP as well as existing claimants of DLA.
The assessments will be delivered through a network of local consultation centres across central England and Wales, utilising both existing Capita centres and those of disability group partners, and through home visits. All assessments, the majority of which will be face to face, will be conducted by a nurse, doctor, physiotherapist or other trained healthcare professional.
Capita plc chief executive, Paul Pindar, said: 'In developing its solution Capita has worked with a number of representative groups to ensure that claimants receive a fair and independent assessment of their ability to live independently. Capita has established an extensive capability in health assessment through strategic acquisitions, including Premier Medical, now integrated into our health and wellbeing business and, more recently, Medicals Direct. Together with our existing operations this has created a scalable, diverse and client focused health and wellbeing business that utilises a multi-disciplinary team of general and mental health community nurses, occupational therapists and GPs, supported by subject matter experts where appropriate.'