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

Course details:

Date:  New date coming soon

Times: TBC

Cost: ACPOHE Members - TBC

Venue: TBC

Cost includes: TBC

Cost does not include: Lunch, accommodation or travel.   

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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. 



Angela Webster

Angela is a specialist Musculoskeletal and Occupational Health.  Angela graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1993 and completed her  MSc in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation at UCL in 1999.

Angela has held senior leadership roles in Musculoskeletal Health and Occupational Health, in the NHS and industry, working closing within and across multidisciplinary teams.  She's been involved in quantitative and qualitative research including workplace health and wellbeing, risk factors for sickness absence, participatory ergonomics and work based condition management approaches to enhance function, productivity and quality of life.

Function and inclusion run through the heart of Angela's work. During the pandemic Angela lead TfL's 'Out of Sight but not out of Mind' physical and mental wellbeing programme, developed   a Long Covid MDT Rehab programme and rebranded the Occupational Rehab classes.

Angela founded Joint Works in 2023 to help businesses provide a joined-up approach to work and musculoskeletal health. 


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

  • Booking link for next date coming soon.  NOTE: Pre-course work and resources will be made available 8 - 10 weeks before the course. If they are not available when you book your place you will be notified by email when they become available. 
  • To minimise our impact on the environment and resources, we will not be providing printed handouts for the course. They are provided in digital format to allow you to print them yourself or use a laptop or tablet during the course to keep your notes digitally, either on your own laptop / tablet / phone and / or in printed format as you see fit.
  • If you'd like to register your interest in this or future dates for this course, please email

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If you have any questions about accessibility or to request any reasonable accommodations please contact before you book your place. We will do our best to accommodate your requirements to help you get the most from your experience with ACPOHE.


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