The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) is a Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The group was founded in 1947. Registered members of ACPOHE are physiotherapists who have demonstrated specialist competency in the fields of occupational health or ergonomics. Simply we are Physios for Work and Health. We work to improve the health and wellbeing of workers so that they can do their jobs efficiently and effectively. We improve work design through ergonomics, to make work tasks comfortable and safe.
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Musculoskeletal pain is a major cause of disability and affects an individual’s ability to engage in work. Only 40% of patients who have chronic musculoskeletal pain are able to work full time. Employment is an essential part of life and an inability to work due to disability has many negative effects. Occupational health physiotherapists need to conduct thorough assessments to determine fitness to return to work for patients with these conditions. This course introduces this role of the healthcare professional and discusses the key features of an evidence based return to work assessment.
Work enhances physical and mental health, plus it develops confidence, purpose and fulfilment. It is therefore essential that individuals who have long term sickness that results in an absence from work, are effectively supported in their return to productivity. Occupational Health specialists are involved in managing this process. This course, the first in a series of courses from The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE), introduces the discipline of Occupational Health.
Occupational health is a multidisciplinary field of health care focused on the well-being and safety of employees in the workplace. Fulfilling and engaging work provides many benefits to the worker, the employing organisation and society at large. Physical therapists / physiotherapists have a key role to play in this field in both preventing injury, returning individuals to the workplace following disability and also optimising performance in the workplace.
Occupational Health serves a vital function in supporting workers to remain in and return to work and it is an area of healthcare that is constantly evolving. However, there is currently no clear definition of Occupational Health research and there are limited high quality studies related to this field of activity. This course, which is the second in a series of courses from The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE), examines the evidence base for Occupational Health and explores these issues in detail.