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An Introduction to Occupational Health

Course Aims / Summary

This 3 day course aims to inform physiotherapists, who are starting work in an occupational setting or undertaking work for business and industry from their own private practices, of the key issues and best practice in Occupational Health.

Course Objectives

On completion of this module a student will be able to

  • Describe the roles of professionals who work in OH and the unique role of the physiotherapist in OH
  • Discuss issues of confidentiality and consent related to occupational health physiotherapy practice with correct reference to underpinning legislation 
  • Describe the UK H&S Legislative system and give an overview of the legislation that is relevant to the provision of Occupational Physiotherapy services
  • Critically analyse the work-relatedness of musculoskeletal disorders using epidemiological evidence
  • Design a stepped care pathway for common conditions that is aligned to evidence based guidelines for low back pain and upper limb disorders
  • Create a business case for OH physiotherapy to demonstrate service efficacy using 3 different methods: cost benefit, cost effectiveness and cost utility method
  • Select and accurately use a range of clinical outcome measures in order to illustrate the clinical efficacy and health benefits of an OH service
  • Design 3 return to work programmes with consideration given to temporary adjustments and grading and to provide a rationale for the nature of the recommended adjustments

Pre Course

Look at the HSE website to get an overview of the requirements of UK companies to manage health and safety

European Guidelines

  • For Management Of Acute Low Back Pain
  • For Management Of Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain
  • For Prevention Of Low Back Pain

Faculty of Occupational Medicine Guidelines For Management Of Low Back Pain At Work

A K Burton, N A S Kendall, B G Pearce, L N Birrell, L C Bainbridge, HSE RR 96 Management of the Upper Limb disorders and the biopsychosocial model

Alan Breen, Jennifer Langworthy, Jeffrey Bagust Improved early pain management for musculoskeletal disorders HSE RESEARCH REPORT 399


Nicola Hunter is an occupational physiotherapist withn 25 years experience.  She is a partner in Working Towards Wellbeing and Bury Physio and was the founder and clinical director of Rehabworks Ltd until a management buyout in 2010.

Amanda Jones is the head of the Staff Physiotherapy service at NHS Lothian.  She has experience delivering a clinically and cost effective occupational health physiotherapy service in the NHS.

Delegate costs: 
£455 for ACPOHE Members, £515 Non Members - Lunch Included


Where & When

8 Nov 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
9am til 5pm
John Chambers Room, Almoners Hall
Peterborough Cathedral


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01284 748202
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