Turning Point responds to fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the publication of the fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health services, Dr Felix Davies, said:

"The continued focus and development of the Work Capability Assessment is essential, particularly as mental health issues represent the primary cause of perceived incapacity in 40% of cases going through the WCA.

We know that the experience of the WCA by people with mental health conditions needs vast improvement and welcome the recommendations by Dr Litchfield on ensuring that assessors have experience of working with people with mental health issues and that training is reviewed. Improving rapport between the assessor and the individual being assessed is also vital, as we know that many individuals have found the process distressing and upsetting which is unacceptable.

We look forward to hearing the Government's response to Dr Litchfield's review and hope that the recommendations for improvement are accepted and the experience of all quickly improved."