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Activity 15: Conveying food or drink to the mouth

Activity 15 is defined in regulations as -

Conveying food or drink to the mouth.

Activity 15 assesses the effect of physical or mental disability on a person's ability to convey food or drink to the mouth. Conditions causing severe upper limb impairment such as in severe neurological conditions may be relevant, and severe disorders of mood may also result in difficulty managing to effectively maintain nutrition, for example in severe anorexia nervosa.


Descriptors

The descriptors that relate to Activity 15 are -

  1. Cannot convey food or drink to the claimant's own mouth without receiving physical assistance from someone else;
  2. Cannot convey food or drink to the claimant's own mouth without repeatedly stopping or experiencing breathlessness or severe discomfort;
  3. Cannot convey food or drink to the claimant's own mouth without receiving regular prompting given by someone else in the claimant's presence; or
  4. Owing to a severe disorder of mood or behaviour, fails to convey food or drink to the claimant's own mouth without receiving: (i) physical assistance from someone else; or (ii) regular prompting given by someone else in the claimant's presence.

Sources:

  • Schedule 3 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).
  • Schedule 3 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 (SI.No.379/2013) (applies to contributory ESA in a universal credit full service area).
  • Schedule 7 to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (SI.No.376/2013) (applies to universal credit).

See also section 2.3.1.9 of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.


Case law

The Upper Tribunal is yet to publish any significant case law in relation to Activity 15.