DWP factual medical reports: guidance for healthcare professionals

Guidance for healthcare professionals who complete medical reports for DWP or one of its assessment providers.



This guidance is for healthcare professionals who complete medical reports for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or one of its assessment providers. The subjects include factual reports for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA).

DWP decision makers use medical reports to help them make decisions on benefit entitlement. Medical reports may also be used in appeals against benefit decisions.

Guidance on completing fit notes is available separately.

Information for claimants


Published 20 September 2013
Last updated 15 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated the factual reports guide: section 2.3 (form FRR2) and paragraph 2.7.1 (form DS1500).
  2. Added information on how to submit form DS1500 online from May 2017 (England only). See paragraph 2.7.3 (page 12) of 'DWP medical (factual) reports – a guide to completion'.
  3. Added revised DWP medical (factual) reports guide. Changes include: references to Universal Credit, the completion of DS1500 form, CHDA (Maximus) in consent section and completion of delegating forms.
  4. First published.