Capita Symonds for DWP Disability Assessments

8 December 2011

Capita Symonds has been appointed by The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to carry out Disability Workplace Assessments

The three year contract, which has a possible extension of a further two years, is linked to the government’s Access to Work Scheme. Access to Work is a specialist disability programme delivered by DWP which provides practical advice and support to disabled people and their employers to help them overcome work related obstacles resulting from disability. It does this through a system of grants towards these additional employment costs.

Capita Symonds’ work will include the provision and management of suitably qualified and experienced assessors to carry out face to face ‘holistic’ assessments of disabled employees at their workplace to identify a range of solutions and recommend reasonable adjustments. The team will then produce a report detailing the outcome of the assessment along with recommendations for funding. Up to 9000 such assessments are expected to be carried out each year.

Of the seven regional contracts available, Capita Symonds was successful in three - Central England, North West England and North East England - and was placed as reserve for the remaining four.

As part of the contract it is expected that approximately 30 professional assessors will join Capita Symonds both under TUPE and through recruitment, complementing the company’s existing assessment teams.

The operating model is based on tablet technology with a bespoke software application being developed by Capita Symonds.