You should complete this form if you have applied to join the housing register or you are a council tenant on the transfer list, and you have a medical or disability need that you want taken into account as part of your housing application.
You must be an existing housing applicant with an application reference number (also known as your bidding number).
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What you need to know...
What you need to complete the form
To complete this form you will need:
- Your housing application reference number (you must be an existing housing applicant)
- Details of your medical condition or disability
- Details of any treatment you are receiving, eg medication
- Contact information for your doctor
- Electronic or scanned copies of any documents you want to upload
You will also need to describe how your medical condition or disability affects your housing situation.
How the medical assessment affects your housing application
We award priority for social housing based on medical need, and also make recommendations regarding the type of property you may need due to any disabilities or mobility requirements.
Summary of medical priority bands
There are four levels of medical priority awarded: Band A, B, C or D. Band A is highest, Band D is lowest. This is a guide to the different levels of medical priority.
- Band A (emergency medical need): A person will be awarded Band A if the household contains one or more members with a currently life-threatening illness or disability, and whose housing circumstances are affecting their health very severely.
- Band B (urgent medical need): A person will be awarded Band B if one or more of the household has a serious illness or disability, and their present living conditions are affecting their health to a marked degree, and a move is recommended to improve the health of the individual.
- Band C (less urgent medical need): A person will be awarded Band C if one or more of the household has an illness or disability of a moderate nature which is affected adversely by their living conditions, and a move is recommended to improve the health of the individual.
- Band D (no medical need): A person will be awarded Band D if they have an illness or disability where rehousing might improve the quality of life of the person, but where the living conditions are not considered significantly detrimental to their health or functional ability.
How does the medical assessment affect your priority band?
You can be placed in Band A, B, C or D for a range of medical and non-medical reasons. Your overall priority band will be the highest band that you qualify for. For instance, if you qualify for Band B due to overcrowding, and Band C due to medical need, your overall priority will be Band B because this is the higher of the two.
Therefore, the medical assessment will not increase your overall priority if it is the same as previous medical assessments, or if you already have the same or higher priority on non-medical grounds.
When you complete the online assessment form you can upload electronic or scanned copies of documents that you consider are relevant. Please do not ask your GP or hospital for a letter of support. If the Medical Assessment Officer requires additional information then they will contact your doctor directly.
Wheelchair and adapted housing
In general, you will only be assessed as needing wheelchair or disability adapted housing if this is supported by an Occupational Therapy (OT) Assessment. If you feel you may need special equipment or adaptations to your home, please contact OT on 020 7926 5555.
Children with Special Educational Needs
If your child has a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan that you feel is relevant then please upload this with your medical self-assessment form.
Care and Support Needs
If you have a care and support needs assessment that has been carried out by Adult Social Care you should upload this with your medical self-assessment form. If you would like Adult Social Care to carry out an assessment of your care and support needs, please ring 020 7926 5555
What can I do if I am unhappy with the decision?
You will be notified of the Medical Assessment Officer’s decision in writing. If you are unhappy with the decision you can request a review. This must be requested within 21 days of receipt of the decision letter. Please write, explaining why you feel that the decision is incorrect, to:
Housing Medical Reviews
Housing Allocations Team
PO Box 734
Winchester SO23 5DG.