6/7/8 February 2019- An Introduction to Occupational Health


Course Aims/ Summary

This 3 day course aims to inform physiotherapists, who are starting work in 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 relacted 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 Phsiotherapy 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
  • Explain the stages in Prochaska and Di Clemente's model of health behaviour change in relation to the design of effective workplace health promotion initiatives

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  www.facoccmed.ac.uk

A K Burton, N A S Kendall, B G Pearce L N Birrell L C Bainbridge HSE RR 96 Management of upper limb disorders and the biopsychosocial model   http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr596.pdf

Alan Breen  Jennifer Langworthy  Jeffrey Bagust Improved early pain management for musculoskeletal disorders HSE RESEARCH REPORT 399   http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr399.pdf


Amanda Jones is the head of the Occupational Health Physiotherapy service at NHS Lothian.  She has experience delivering a clinically and cost effective occupational health physiotherapy service in the NHS for over twenty years.

Nic Sucklry is a Director at Working Towards Wellbeing.  She has over 10 years experience in Occupational Health Physiotherapy, delivering pro-active wellbeing services and managing long term conditions through focusing on positive health behaviour changes and functional rehabilitation.  Nic has worked with national and international businesses, designing and delivering injury prevention and wellbeing services and offers consultancy to help support organisations to strategically manage employee wellbeing.

COST: £455 for ACPOHE members, £515 for Non-Members - Lunch included

VENUE AND LOCATION: Pure Physiotherapy, Tower Mill, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Machester M11 1AA

DATES AND TIMES: 6/7/8 February 2019 (9am until 5pm)

CONFIRMATION DATE: 1st January 2019

For information pelase contact ACPOHE@buryphysio.co.uk