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WCA limited capability for work assessment descriptors

To be assessed as having a limited capability for work, you need to score 15 points or more. Add together the highest score from each activity that applies to you.

The assessment takes into account your abilities when using any aid or appliance you would normally or could reasonably be expected to use.

If any task is highlighted in italics within the activities, you will also satisfy the limited capability for work-related activity assessment

Part 1: Physical functions

Activity 1. Mobilising unaided by another person with or without a walking stick, manual wheelchair or other aid if such aid is normally or could reasonably be worn or used. 

Activity 2. Standing and sitting.

Activity 3. Reaching.

Activity 4. Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms. 

Activity 5. Manual dexterity.

Activity 6. Making self understood through speaking, writing, typing, or other means which are normally or could reasonably be used, unaided by another person.

Activity 7. Understanding communication by: (i) verbal means (such as hearing or lip reading) alone; (ii)  non-verbal means (such as reading 16-point print or Braille) alone; or (iii)  a combination of (i) and (ii), using any aid that is normally or could reasonably be used, unaided  by another person.

Activity 8. Navigation and maintaining safety using a guide dog or other aid if either or both are normally or could reasonably be used.

Activity 9. Absence or loss of control whilst conscious leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or bladder, other than enuresis (bed-wetting), despite the wearing or use of any aids or adaptations which are normally or could reasonably be worn or used.

Activity 10. Consciousness during waking moments.

Part 2: Mental, cognitive and intellectual functions

Activity 11. Learning tasks.

Activity 12. Awareness of everyday hazards (such as boiling water or sharp objects).

Activity 13. Initiating and completing personal action (which means planning, organisation, problem solving, prioritising or switching tasks).

Activity 14. Coping with change.

Activity 15. Getting about.

Activity 16. Coping with social engagement due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.

Activity 17. Appropriateness of behaviour with other people, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.

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