Providing medical evidence for benefit applications

People with motor neurone disease (MND) may apply for disability/employment benefits. Some applications require a health and social care professional to provide medical evidence on their behalf.

This information is for GPs, neurologists and the wider health and social care team, who may be asked to provide medical evidence to support a claim.

It also explains how, when a diagnosis of MND has been confirmed, the ‘Special Rules for terminal illness’ can be used to fast-track claims for the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP - the benefit that has replaced Disability Living Allowance for new and some existing claimants)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA - reassessments for claimants who were 65 or over on 8 April 2013)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The disability/employment benefits system is complex. Whatever the award being applied for, you can help to reduce stress for people with MND when called upon to provide medical evidence for an application.

‘Sometimes, our new patients don’t know that they entitled for these benefits. In our clinics I always advise our patients to apply for them as soon as possible, and help them to do so.’ Gitana, MND Coordinator

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262