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Limited capability for work related activity descriptors

Limited capability for work related activity descriptors

These are the descriptors for the limited capability for work related activity test. This is part of the Work Capability Assessment for Employment and Support Allowance. It determines whether the claimant is placed in the support group or the work related activity group. This test will usually be carried out at the same time as the limited capability for work test.

If one descriptor applies to the claimant, they will be placed in the support group and will receive the Support Component in their ESA. They will not have to attend work focused interviews or a work focused health related assessment.

1.

 Mobilising unaided by another person with or without a walking stick, manual wheelchair or other aid if such aid can reasonably be used

 

Cannot either

a) mobilise more than 50 meters on level ground without stopping in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion; or

b) repeatedly mobilise 50 meters within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion.

 2.

 Transferring from one seated position to another

 

Cannot move between one seated position and another seated position located next to one another without receiving physical assistance from another person.

 3.

 Reaching

 

Cannot raise either arm as if to put something in the top pocket of a coat or jacket. 

4.

Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms (excluding standing, sitting, bending or kneeling and all other activities specified in this schedule)

 

Cannot pick up and move 0.5 litre carton full of liquid.

5.

 Manual dexterity

 

Cannot either
a) press a button, such as a telephone keypad; or
b) turn the pages of a book with either hand

 6.

 Making self understood through speaking, writing, typing or other means normally used

 

Cannot convey a simple message, such as the presence of a hazard.

 7.

 Understanding communication by hearing, lip reading, reading 16 point print or using any aid if reasonably used.

 

 Cannot understand a simple message due to sensory impairment, such as the location of a fire escape

 8.

Absence or loss of control over extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or voiding of the bladder, despite the presence of any aids or adaptations normally used.

 At least once a week experiences

a)

Loss of control leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/ or voiding of the bladder; or

b)

Substantial leakage of the contents of a collecting device;

sufficient to require the individual to clean themselves and change clothing

 

 9

Learning tasks

 

Cannot learn how to complete a simple task, such as setting an alarm clock, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.

 

 10.

Awareness of hazard

 b)

Damage to property or possessions,

 

such that they require supervision for the majority of the time to maintain safety.

 

Reduced awareness of everyday hazards, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder, leads to significant risk of:

 a)

Injury to self or others; or

 11.

Initiating and completing personal action (which means planning, organisation, problem solving, prioritising or switching tasks)

 

Cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least 2 sequential personal actions.

 12.

 Coping with change

 

Cannot cope with any change, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder, to the extent that day to day life cannot be managed

 

 13.

 Coping with social engagement, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder

 

Engagement in social contact is always precluded due to difficulty relating to others or significant distress experienced by the individual.

14.

 Appropriateness of behaviour with other people, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder

 

Has, on a daily basis, uncontrollable episodes of aggressive or disinhibited behaviour that would be unreasonable in any workplace.

 

 

15.

Conveying food or drink to the mouth

a) Cannot convey food or drink to the customer's own mouth without receiving physical assistance from someone else;
b)

Cannot convey food or drink to the customer's own mouth without repeatedly stopping, experiencing breathlessness or severe discomfort;

c) Cannot convey food or drink to the customer's own mouth without receiving regular prompting given by someone else in the customer's physical presence; or
d) Owing to a severe disorder of mood or behaviour, fails to convey food or drink to the customer's own mouth without receiving

(i) physical assistance from someone else; or

(ii) regular prompting given by someone else in the customer's presence

16.

Chewing or swallowing food or drink

a) Cannot chew or swallow food or drink;
b) Cannot chew or swallow food or drink without repeatedly stopping, experiencing breathlessness or severe discomfort;
c) Cannot chew or swallow food or drink without repeatedly receiving regular prompting given by someone else in the customer's presence; or
d) Owing to a severe disorder of mood or behaviour, fails to

(i) chew or swallow food or drink; or

(ii) chew or swallow food or drink without regular prompting given by someone else in the customer's presence.

Page last updated: 25 November 2014