Guidance

DWP factual medical reports: guidance for healthcare professionals

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

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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

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Published 20 September 2013
Last updated 23 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated section 3.1.2 of the DWP factual medical reports guidance with a link to the HSC 1999 agreement on the provision of patient information by NHS Trusts to the DWP.

  2. Added list of forms DWP may ask healthcare professionals to complete and whether they are chargeable.

  3. Updated section 2.7 of the DWP Medical (factual) reports guide with revised guidance on completing the DS1500 form for people who may be terminally ill.

  4. Updated details for ordering blank DS1500 forms. Added HTML versions of the documents.

  5. Updated the factual reports guide: section 2.3 (form FRR2) and paragraph 2.7.1 (form DS1500).

  6. 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'.

  7. 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.

  8. First published.