Functional Rehabilitation: Organisational and Individual Perspectives - face to face course

Course details:

Date:  11 - 12 May 2024

Times: 11 May 08:30 - 17:00, 12 May 08:45 - 17:00

Cost: ACPOHE Members - Early Bird Price £390 before 31/12/23,  £425 from 01/01/24

Venue: North Tyneside General Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 8NH

Cost includes: tea and coffee.

Cost does not include: Lunch, accommodation or travel. Lunch can be purchased in nearby canteen. Microwave also available.  


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If you're not a physio, please get in touch with our admin team at to check if the course is suitable for you. 


This 2 day face to face course, will allow delegates to fully understand the benefits to both organisations and individual employees of functional rehabilitation services.  It aims to demystify the different terminology such as work hardening, functional, occupational, and vocational rehabilitation and enable delegates to identify how these services may fit into their own area of work.

Day 1 of this course looks from an organisational perspective and will enable you to develop a strategy and business plan to support the promotion and management of these services.

Day 2 considers the principle and practice of functional rehabilitation and provides you with the skills to put this into practice. We will be joined (remotely) by Dr Claire Minshull who will bring us up to date with the evidence base for current best practice regarding exercise prescription and how to apply this to occupational settings.

Practical application through case study presentations will be a constant theme throughout both days, along with lively discussion and delegate interaction.

We recommend that you attend ACPOHE's Assessing Fitness to work course prior to attending this course, although this is not an absolute requirement.


Learning Objectives

Day 1: Functional Rehabilitation – The Organisational Perspective

  1. Understand what functional, occupational, and vocational rehabilitation services are and how these fit into a variety of different settings
  2. Define your own scope of professional practice in this field
  3. Identify organisational and individual benefits of functional rehabilitation
  4. Learn how to develop an organisational strategy to define and promote functional rehabilitation services
  5. Understand the components and structure of a business case for functional rehabilitation and other occupational health services
  6. Be aware of the time, resources and management skills required to run a successful organisational service
  7. Discuss case studies of functional rehabilitation services


Day 2: Functional Rehabilitation – Principles and Practice of Functional Rehabilitation

  1. Acknowledge importance of Biopsychosocial Model (BPSM) and psychosocial obstacles to recovery and apply principle of behaviour change intervention to functional rehabilitation practice
  2. Identify the importance of Job Demands Analysis (JDA) and learn how to undertake this
  3. Understand the importance of competent assessment of fitness for work skills, and the interaction with functional rehabilitation (please note this course does not teach assessment of fitness for work)
  4. Consider the impact of worklessness and learn skills to support employees to remain in work or return to work in a timely fashion
  5. Integrate current best practice in the role of exercise in functional rehabilitation
  6. Discover top tips for success when developing vocational rehabilitation services


Pre-Course Work

This is approximately 1 - 1.5 hours of preparation work to be completed before the course. 



Kathy Roberts

Kathy is a Registered Member of ACPOHE and has just retired as ACPOHEs Education Officer. She has over 25 years of experience of working within Occupational Health and now currently runs a small Occupational Health Consultancy alongside developing, designing, and delivering OH education to a variety of healthcare professionals. She is particularly interested in the role and scope of practice for physiotherapists within Occupational Health and Wellbeing services and is passionate about education.

Katy Burke

Catherine Burke is a registered ACPOHE member who has specialised in occupational health since 1991 and is a former editor of Occupational Health Physiotherapy. As an ACPOHE tutor, she has developed and delivered courses over a number of years. Catherine is the Head of OH Physiotherapy Services for a large public sector employer, managing musculoskeletal Fitness for Work and ergonomics assessment services as well as multiple treatment contracts. She works intermittently with other employment sectors on a consultancy basis. During her career, Catherine has presented regularly on OH topics and published in peer reviewed journals.



Booking is via our Health & Work Learning and Development Hub:

  • 11/05/24 - 12/05/24 - CLICK HERE to book.  NOTE: Pre-course work and resources will be made available 8 - 10 weeks before the course - around 11/03/24. If they are not available when you book your place you will be notified by email when they become available. 
  • If you'd like to register your interest in this or future dates for this course, please email

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