12-13 October 2019 - Office Workstation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 1


Course Aims/ Summary

The Association of Chartered Phyisotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) is a special interest groupo of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.  ACPOHE has been running courses for physiotherapists who have a specialist interest in the fields of occupational health and ergonomics for many years.  This two day Workstation (DSE) Ergonomics for Physiotherapists course is designed for physiotherapists who have had limited or no experience in the area of conducting office ergonomics assessments or who are looking for a refresher.

After this course the participant should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant Health & Safety legislation & regulations, relevant to office workers, particularly computer users
  • Demonstrate an understanding of other relevant legislation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the risk factors associated with work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant consent and confidentiality issues 
  • Feel competent to conduct a comprehensive office workstation ergonomics assessment and design an action plan which aims to reduce risk and promote health
  • Carry out basic anthropometric measurements and be able to advise on the type, size and functionality of office furniture and equipment that is suitable for a user
  • Prepare a clear and logical report of the assessment and recommendations made that meets all of the needs of the referrer

Course Objectives

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the possible effects on health of DSE use and propose remedial measures
  • Advise a computer user on correct workstation set up and work behaviours
  • Carry out a comprehensive DSE workstation assessment and make recommendations to minimise risk and promote health
  • Identify health issues and concerns relating to use of laptops, hot-desking and home working and advise on remedial action in line with current health and safety legislation

Pre Course

Delegate should have a sound grasp of anatomy, work physiology, biomechanics and posture relevant to ergonomics.  Pre-course preparation is required and a reading list will be provided.

Participants must have a health background if they are not Chartered Physiotherapists eg nurse, occupational health adviser, sports therapist.


Heather O'Neill has worked on the field of occupational health and ergonomics for 20 years.  She has a BSc in Physiotherapy and an MSc in Health Ergonomics and is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a Registered Member of ACPOHE.  Heather has experience across a wide variety of sectors including mainly healthcare but also local government, manufacturing, retail and office environments.

COST: £300 for ACPOHE members, £360 for non-members.  Lunch is not included but tea and coffee will be provided throughout the course.

VENUE AND LOCATION: Physiotherapy Department, North Tyneside Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields, NE29 8NH


DATES AND TIMES: Saturday 12th October 2019 (registration at 08.30) 09.00 -17.00  Sunday 13th October 2019 09.00 -17.00 

CONFIRMATION DATE: 30th August 2019

For further information on course content only please contact  hon4672@gmail.com