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.
The descriptors that relate to Activity 10 are -
- At least once a week, has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration. 15 points
- At least once a month, has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration. 6 points
- Neither of the above applies. 0 points
- 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.
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- Falling asleep does not amount to ‘lost or altered consciousness’
-  UKUT 378 (AAC)
- Application of activity 10 - ‘consciousness during waking moments’
-  UKUT 287 (AAC)
Wrong inferences by tribunal about GP’s evidence; panic attacks can result in altered consciousness; whether wheelchair can be reasonably used to mobilise is more than a purely functional test
-  UKUT 504 (AAC)
- Effects of medication (including drowsiness)
-  UKUT 496 (AAC)
Sleep apnoea does not attract points under the consciousness descriptors of the work capability assessment
-  UKUT 151 (AAC)
- Activity 11 - remaining conscious / whether R(IB) 2/07 applicable to ESA regime
-  UKUT 158 (AAC)
-  AACR 2
- Assessment of a physical or mental ‘disease or disablement’ arising from alcohol dependency
-  UKUT 301 (AAC)