Atos New Entrant Pre-Course Workbook

Please sign & forward the petition to investigate Atos PIP assessments.

So having attended my Atos face to face interview, where just as SJB Medical (the recruiting company) had advised me, I was given a case study to feedback on, which involved lower back pain and mild depression. It was as if the lady in the London office of SJB Medical had a crystal ball.

At interview, in addition to providing them with a list of questions that I would ask a gentleman who presented with surprise, surprise, lower back pain and mild depression; I was asked to complete a typing test, which, although I don’t recall the exact process was basically to copy a small piece of text and make bold, or underline some words, in what was an achievable time for an average 8 year old. This was to allegedly demonstrate I had the requisite keyboard skills, to be able to type up a report in a timely fashion. In reality, copying a piece of text, bore no resemblance to the time taken to type up a report for a complex case, with upto 9 comorbidities. “Management” were constantly on about numbers being missed and I would occasionally hear it put down to typing speed! Maybe there’s another reason to record every assessment as standard.

Anway as I’ve said before, it was only a few days later and I was advised I was being offered the role. I was sent a pre-course workbook; failure of which to complete before the course started, could result in removal from the course. “Exit point” was the terminology used to describe any point at which they could flick you at the drop of a hat. Throughout our 10 day residential course, the term was used 3-4 times daily; if you don’t pass that it’s an exit point, if you do this it’s an exit point. With hindsight, it was toxic from day one. Military aside, what kind of employer uses tactics like that with professionally registered people?

This workbook will hopefully give you some further insight, in to how the assessment process is taught, and how from the beginning of training, assessors are forced to use documents which take a very simplistic approach to disability assessment, which as we all know can never be the case as no two claimants are the same.

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