Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE)

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ACPOHE is the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health & Ergonomics. It is a specialist interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and was founded in 1947. We are physiotherapists specialising in work and health.

Physiotherapists working in occupational health deliver services to individuals, groups and organisations on work, health and wellbeing. Occupational physiotherapists in the workplace may be involved in the prevention of injury and ill health through ergonomic and health promotion interventions and in the rehabilitation back to health, fitness and work capability of employees.

We work with individuals with a wide range of health conditions. Most commonly we see people with muscular and joint problems such as back pain, lower limb problems, neck and shoulder problems, and repetitive strain injuries. We can also help people return to work who are recovering from a wide range of other health conditions such as heart, respiratory and common mental health conditions.

The Occupational Physiotherapists goal is to restore an individuals’ fitness and capability to meet the demands of their job or to advise on work modifications to bring the job within the capability of the individual where this is not possible.

Area of occupational health

  • Provision of Occupational Physiotherapy and Ergonomics in clinical and workplace settings.

Membership criteria

Physiotherapists registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy may become full members of ACPOHE. Other professional colleagues may join as Associate members.

Conferences and study days

We run a series of courses to train physiotherapists in occupational health; Introduction to occupational health, Functional measurement, Occupational rehabilitation and work hardening, Health and safety, Applied Ergonomics, Office ergonomics, Industrial ergonomics. These are open to other professionals.

We also run an Annual 2 day Conference. For details see the ACPOHE website.


ACPOHE publishes its professional magazine 3 times a year.

Links to Quality Standards/Regulation

ACPOHE is developing self regulated standards, for physiotherapists working in the field of occupational health and ergonomics. These are due at the end of 2010.


Chartered physiotherapists work to the CSP professional standards and service standards, and are regulated according to the Health Professions Council, professional standards and code of conduct. ACPOHE members will be expected to conform to the ACPOHE standards once available.

Promotion of research and service evaluation

Promoting research awareness

The CSP supports members in undertaking research through research networks, close workings with universities, bursaries and grants and supporting conferences.

Published evidence-based material

Our professional body, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) supports high quality research through rigorous review and assessment of contributions to the scientific journal.

ACPOHE Guidance for Occupational Health Physiotherapists on the use of Functional Capacity Evaluation and Functional Measurement for the Assessment of Work (April 2014)

Contact ACPOHE

For more information email Nicola Hunter: or or visit the ACPOHE website.

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