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Obair offers the following vocational rehabilitation training:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (UKFCE) training course

  • Job Demands Analysis (JDA) training course

For more details on each of the courses please see below or check out our website:

Obair is offering the following courses in June 2018:

Functional Capacity Evaluation (UKFCE) - 3.5 days classroom & pre-course reading

  • 17 June (1pm to 5pm)

  • 18 June (9am to 5pm)

  • 19 June (9am to 5pm)

  • 20 June (9am to 5pm)

Job Demands Analysis (JDA) - 1 day classroom & pre-course reading

  • 21 June (9am to 5pm)


  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (UKFCE) - £850

  • Job Demands Analysis (JDA) - £225

  • Early bird offer (before 31/04/18), combined UKFCE & JDA - £950


  • Via this Eventbrite page

  • Direct email:

  • Call: 08450949811

UKFCE Training Course
Obair in Partnership with Roy Matheson Associates Inc (RMA) & FCE Training
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a systematic method of measuring an individual’s ability to perform meaningful tasks on a safe and dependable basis[1] . In 1983 the RMA Certified Work Capacity Evaluation training programme, which was renamed the RMA FCE Training programme, was initiated and to date over 18,000 clinicians in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia have trained in the RMA FCE.

Based on the well known and respected RMA FCE Training Programme, and endorsed by Roy Matheson, Obair Associates has developed a UK version of the training programme targeted at rehabilitation professionals who are responsible for conducting in depth work-related functional assessments

Is this course for me?

Competency & skills development

The UKFCE is a competency-based programme aimed at providing you with a high level of skill in designing and carrying out functional testing that will be useful in determining:

General current functional and work ability where the target job is not yet known.

Specific physical tolerance in comparison to the physical demands of a known job.

The tutors will observe you throughout but especially on the practicum day when participants carry out a FCE (from design to interpretation of raw data) based on a case study as well as during the group presentation of the FCE findings on the final day.

The UKFCE Approach versus other FCE systems: The UKFCE approach involves an in-depth, customised evaluation that combines both objective measures and professional clinical judgment in order to determine an individual’s current capabilities. Consideration is given to psychological and cognitive aspects, posture and mobility tolerances, upper limb function, manual handling, fitness and endurance, as well the effort provided and the reliability of pain and disability self reporting. The training advocates a “best practice” approach and the philosophy includes a hierarchy of practice that places the individual’s safety as its basis, and incorporates reliability, validity, practicality and utility.

What you will be able to do

The UKFCE course is designed to run over 3 ½ days and it will enable the rehabilitation professional to thoroughly, accurately and objectively evaluate and document an individual’s functional ability, determine the level of effort expended during testing and the reliability of pain and disability reports, write a concise report detailing the individual’s residual functional capacity as well as recommendations that facilitate job retention, return to work and rehabilitation needs.

Develop your skills as a “thinking evaluator”

The UKFCE approach develops the rehabilitation professional into a “thinking evaluator” and therefore does not dictate the use of particular equipment. Rehabilitation professionals may find that their department already has useful equipment and standardised tests that can be readily utilised in a customised UKFCE.

Participants Entry Requirements:

The UKFCE training requires the participant to have knowledge of and training in human neuro-musculoskeletal function.

Therefore participants are requested to fulfill the following prerequisites:

Possess graduate level qualifications and training relevant to health sciences e.g. BSc OT/ Physio, Dip COT and or postgraduate qualifications in a relevant subject/profession.

Practitioners must demonstrate that they have current membership of their professional regulatory body e.g. HPC, NMC, GMC.


Anne Byrne MA, BSc OT, Dip COT, FCOT, HCPC registered & or Jain Holmes MSc, Dip COT, HCPC registered. Anne and Jain have a combined experience of 51 years of carrying out functional assessments and 28 years carrying out Functional Capacity Evaluations. Anne and Jain are both trained in the Matheson FCE approach and in other FCE systems and have carried out 1000’s of FCE’s between them, and so have a wealth of practical experience.

Job Demands Analysis [JDA] Training
Job demands analysis (JDA) is a systematic procedure to quantify the physical, cognitive and environmental demands of the intrinsic and non-intrinsic functions of a job. JDA is used to facilitate successful return to work for individuals with an injury, a health condition, and/or disability by: matching capacity to demands, determining the selection of appropriate tasks for a meaningful graded return to work programme, identifying reasonable accommodations, identifying the selection of suited roles for re-deployment and can be used to inform rehabilitation.

The Equality Act indicates that employers need to identify “a function that is intrinsic to a job” when determining a workers capacity to perform or be suitable for a role. Therefore, establishing capability to perform a job should be determined against an understanding of what are intrinsic functions/demands of the role.

Trainer & Course Format

1 day of theory and practical training provided by one of our trainers who is an occupational therapist with extensive experience and expertise in assessing function, assessing jobs, and in matching capacity to demands. The training will include a visit to a local employer, which will allow participants to apply theoretical knowledge directly in an industrial setting.

Competency & Skills Development

Understand how JDA fits within Vocational Rehabilitation processes/procedures in the UK.

Identify when to undertake a JDA.

Understand the process of a JDA and report building, and develop a data tool.

Identify the intrinsic functions/demands of a job, and evaluate and quantify the demands of job tasks.

Understand the benefits of matching demands to the functional abilities of an injured/disabled worker.

Use the JDA to assist in supporting job retention and return to work options.

What you will be able to do:

Following the completion of the training you will have the paperwork, knowledge and skills to be able to implement JDAs in your practice.

[1] Matheson, L 1996

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