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John's picture
Joined: 09/03/2008

 I received information today from the DWP on the Freedom of Information Request concerning the training given to staff on HIV/AIDS.

Added the information it is a large .pdf file 40mb you can access it by clicking here.<

Below is the detail of what I requested.

 "I request information, in detail of;

  • Training given on HIV/AIDS for Decision Makers.
  • Training given on HIV/AIDS to Jobcentre Staff.
  • Training given on HIV/AIDS to Managers.
  • Training given on HIV/AIDS to “Medical Practioners” as defined by the Department.
  • What form does this training take?
  • What are the subjects covered?
  • Who delivers/provides this training?
  • How often does this training happen per individual? i.e. once a year?
  • How much is spent for provision of this training?
  • Are all staff that encounter a HIV+ person trained in the illness and how to deal with HIV+ individuals?
  • What & where are the current shortfalls in training in this illness for staff? 
  • When are all staff due to be fully trained on this illness?

It is understood that computer’s are used to assess applications. Therefore I require information on the following;


How does this facilitate the “personal” circumstances of a HIV individual?

Who provides this system?

Which medical staff were instrumental in its design, what is their level of qualification and specialism?

Who & how are systems and training reviewed to ensure they are up to date?"

John's picture
Joined: 09/03/2008

Lynne Jones< (Birmingham, Selly Oak, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State< for Work and Pensions what programmes his Department is funding to assist people with (a) HIV and (b) other long-term conditions back to work; and whether staff running those programmes receive HIV-specific training.

Tony McNulty< (Minister of State (Employment and Welfare Reform; Minister for London), Department for Work and Pensions; Harrow East, Labour)

Jobcentre Plus is committed to supporting people with a disability or health condition, including those with HIV and other long-term conditions to find suitable, sustainable employment. It does this through its personal advisers, including disability employment advisers, and a variety of programmes and services aimed at supporting customers with disabilities and health conditions.

Jobcentre Plus works with a range of providers from the private, public and voluntary sectors to provide specialist disability programmes to help people with a disability or health condition, including HIV, to overcome the labour market barriers they may face. These programmes include Work Preparation, Workstep (a programme of supported employment), New Deal< for Disabled People and residential training. Disability employment advisers also have access to work psychologists to assist them in supporting customers if appropriate.

For customers claiming benefits due to illness or disability the Pathways to Work programme helps move them into or nearer to work. Pathways to Work offers, among other things, a series of interviews with a personal adviser and training programmes to increase skills, confidence or help to manage a health condition.

People who are in work or due to start work and need support can claim help from Access to Work. Access to Work can provide practical advice and support to the disabled person and their employer to help them overcome work related obstacles resulting from disability. All Access< to Work support is tailored to the individual's needs.

From Autumn 2010 the new specialist disability programme will replace the existing Workstep and work preparation programmes and will be designed as a single streamlined and flexible programme based on effective needs assessment and creation of tailored packages of appropriate support.

There is a comprehensive programme of learning designed to equip Jobcentre Plus advisers with the full range of knowledge and skills required to support all customers. This learning routeway provides the adviser with the key knowledge and skills to interview customers and enable them to work effectively with customers with disabilities or health conditions. Part of the training is a "Disability Confident" course which explains various disabilities and health conditions, including HIV and other long term conditions, and what would be considered reasonable adjustment by employers.<

John's picture
Joined: 09/03/2008

I have emailed Lynne Jones MP< to thank her for raising this issue and directing her to the information we have collected thus far on this subject. 

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

What specific and technical qualifications will the people have who assess people already on DLA to see if they are eligible?

I would like specific qualifications to be cited here please? I mean actual degrees and vocational qualifications, and breadth and
depth of experience in the particular area targetted e.g. mental health?<