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Chief Medical Officer's guidance for clinicians completing a BASRiS form

This guidance is for clinicians who have a patient with a terminal illness and need to complete a Benefits Assessment for Special Rules in Scotland (BASRiS) form on their behalf. The BASRiS form is supporting information for Social Security Scotland to make a decision for disability assistance.


The BASRiS form will replace the DS1500 for Scotland's new forms of disability assistance.

You should submit a BASRiS form for a child (age 0-16) applying for Child Disability Payment in Scotland.

You should submit a BASRiS form for any adult (16- state pension age) who lives in Scotland and is not already in receipt of PIP.

For adults who are terminally ill and in receipt of PIP you should complete a DS1500 and return it to DWP.


The date for when you’ll be able to use a BASRiS form for adults over state pension age is yet to be announced.


Find out how to request a BASRiS form

You must refer to the Chief Medical Officer's guidance when you're completing the BASRiS form. It details how you need to explain and give evidence of your clinical diagnosis so that the form is completed correctly.

View the Chief Medical Officer's guidance

If you cannot find the answer you need in the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance or the frequently asked questions, you can call the Clinical Helpline.

Download the most up-to-date guidance.

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