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Activity 10: Consciousness during waking moments

Activity 10 is defined in regulations as -

Consciousness during waking moments.

Activity 10 assesses any involuntary loss or alteration of consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration occurring during normal waking hours and which prevents the claimant from safely continuing with any activity. Altered consciousness may include where a claimant has clouding of mental faculties resulting in loss of control of thoughts and actions although they will not be fully unconscious.


Descriptors

The descriptors that relate to Activity 10 are -

  1. At least once a week, has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration. 15 points
  2. At least once a month, has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration. 6 points
  3. Neither of the above applies. 0 points

Sources:

  • Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 (SI.No.794/2008) (applies to income-related and contributory ESA in a universal credit live service area).
  • Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 (SI.No.379/2013) (applies to contributory ESA in a universal credit full service area).
  • Part 1 of Schedule 6 to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (SI.No.376/2013) (applies to universal credit).

See also section 3.2.11 of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.


Case law

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