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12 months ago by Debbie Lloyd

Disability Assessor Q&A

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If changing jobs is a big step then changing careers is HUGE - we get it! Which is why we did a Q&A session with one of our very happy candidates, Nicola Collins, who we placed as a Disability Analyst at our client, Atos.

If at the end of this blog, you still have some questions then why not get in touch with one of our experienced consultants who can talk you through the process in more detail.

How long have you been in the job?

I have been in my position for 6 months. This was the training period and I have now just been signed off as a Disability Analyst. 

 How did you find the application process?

The application process was different to the NHS and agency jobs I previously held; it had been a long time since I held a more office-based role. I felt very supported throughout the process by Sam at Meridian. Atos also made the application journey clear. 

What did you do prior to this role?

I was a 'jack of all trades' nurse so to speak. I started my career in renal nursing and then moved to the emergency floor/A&E. In the 2 years (approximately) to applying for this role I was working for a nursing agency. With the nursing agency I worked on many wards but mostly throughout the emergency floor. 

  What made you want to become a DA?

I felt like a change was needed and preferably something that offered more of a work-life balance but still would keep my nursing skills relevant and let me speak to people. 

What’s a typical day on the job like?

The job is always different! You never know what case you will open up on any given day. You may come across conditions that you had not heard of and learn something new. You will talk to claimants, and health care professionals throughout the day so it's always changing. 

What’s the best thing about the job?

The people! You will have a manager and a clinical support lead as well as colleagues that are all on hand to help support you through the training journey. There are opportunities for reflection and training. This job has also provided me with a great work life balance.  

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a DA?

'What have you got to lose...?' I can guarantee any doubts, fears or anxiety regarding a change away from the clinical side of healthcare will have been experienced by others in your shoes. I certainly have had my doubts on whether I would be successful in my role, still do to a certain extent, but I love my job at the moment and am so glad I gave it a go. You never know until you try!

If you still have some questions, then why not get in touch with one of our experienced consultants who can talk you through the process in more detail.