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A form DS 1500 should be issued if requested by a patient (or their representative) if you consider that the patient may be suffering from a potentially terminal illness. The DS 1500 should be handed to the patient or their representative and not sent directly to the DWP. A fee is payable by the DWP for the completion of this form, which is supplied in booklets by the Department on written application. The DS 1500 asks for factual information and does not require you to give a prognosis.

  • the DS 1500 report should contain details of:
    • diagnosis - also whether the patient is aware of their condition and if unaware, the name and address of the patient's representative requesting the DS1500
    • current and proposed treatment
    • brief details of clinical findings


  • terminal illness is defined in Social Security legislation as: 'a progressive disease where death as a consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within 6 months'. If a patient is suffering from such an illness can claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA) or Incapacity Benefit (IB) under what are called 'special rules'.
  • to be eligible for DLA or AA for help with personal care, a person usually has to show that they need help to look after themselves. Under 'special rules' someone who is terminally ill can get:
    • DLA or AA without having to satisfy a qualifying period
    • DLA or AA paid at the highest rate of care even if they do not need help looking after themselves
  • if a patient is claiming IB then a person who is terminally ill and incapable of work can get the highest rate of benefit after 28 weeks instead of 52 weeks sickness


  1. Department of Work and Pensions (UK). IB204 (August 2004).


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