Activity 6: Making self understood

Activity 6 is defined in regulations as -

Making self understood through speaking, writing, typing, or other means which are normally or could reasonably be used, unaided by another person.

Activity 6 assesses the ability to express yourself rather than simply speech. The scope of the activity includes impediment to communication such as an inability to express thoughts, resulting from brain injury or generalised neurological conditions causing problems with speech and manual dexterity such as Motor Neurone Disease and advanced Parkinson’s Disease. The ability to write, type or text needs to be considered in cases of speech difficulties.


The descriptors that relate to Activity 6 are -

  1. Cannot convey a simple message, such as the presence of a hazard. 15 points
  2. Has significant difficulty conveying a simple message to strangers. 15 points
  3. Has some difficulty conveying a simple message to strangers. 6 points
  4. None of the above applies. 0 points


See also section 3.2.8 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 6.