Rehabilitation Principles & Facilitation Workshop Short course

For Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

This two day workshop is aimed at those working in functional rehabilitation, e.g. Community, Medical, Stroke, Neurology, Amputees, and Orthopaedic environments.  It is designed to introduce participants to some principles of rehabilitation.

York St John University
Course fees
Fee £190. Funded places are available
Two-day study day
Further dates TBC
Course Leader
Pam Bagot
Level and Credit:
Study Day

What will I learn?

Analysis of inefficiencies in movement and functional abilities is vital to promote the functional independence / quality of life that patients’ desire.  Focus will be on clinical assessment skills, creating hypothesis regarding inefficiencies of movement followed by planning out treatment / functional strategies to address patient issues.  It is largely practical and therapists will practice skills in small groups. Attendees will receive a free follow up handbook / access to exclusive videos of skills taught.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the philosophy and principles of requirements for functional ability and rehabilitation
  2. Be skilled in the assessment of functional activities:
    1. Rolling and bed mobility
    2. Lying to sitting
    3. Sitting to standing to sitting
    4. Transfers bed to chair etc.
    5. Standing balance
    6. Gait—effects of posture on function. Impact of walking aids
    7. High level balance activities and stairs
  3. Develop an understanding of how to incorporate learnt strategies into daily functional exercises
    • Choice of “starting positions” for activity based work
    • Understand the effects of these varying postures on patient abilities
  4. Have ability to utilise knowledge / skills to suggest functional strategies for case study examples
  5. Acquire the ability to apply the techniques of facilitation to individuals requiring movement re- education
    • Rolling and bed mobility
    • Lying to sitting
    • Sitting to standing to sitting
    • Transfers bed to chair etc.
    • Standing balance
    • Floor/matt work
    • Getting on/off the floor

Workshop Programme

Day 1

9.00 Registration
  Theory - what do we need to do to function "normally"? Clinical reasoning / role play 
  Assessing the patient in bed. The fundamentals of functional analysis, including rolling and bridging 
12.15 Lunch Break
  Getting from lying to sitting and moving in a chair - problems and potential solutions 
  Analysis of sitting and moving in a chair. Trunk control and movements of the pelvis / weight transference versus shift 
  Sit to stand to sit. The issues and the "efficient ideal" 
  Relationship of key points in the body, i.e. head, shoulder girdles, pelvis, hands and feet 
17.00 Close

Day 2

11.00 Postural sets / starting positions for therapy 
  Facilitating functional activities with key points 
  Gait, its variations and effects of posture 
13.30 Lunch break 
  Walking aids, their use and effects. Facilitation of specific aspects of gait 
  High level balance abilities including stairs 
  Floor / mat activities 
  Falls and getting on / off the floor 
16.30 Summary and information on how to access follow up resources

Who should attend?

Qualified Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Fees and funding

Fee £190

Funded places are available

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20


Overseas 2019 / 20


Course leader biographies

Pam Bagot MSc, MCSP, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Team Lead Neuro and Stroke.

Pam has been working in rehabilitation for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in treating adults and children with complex conditions. She uses an eclectic approach to her treatment interventions, alongside other neurological interventions.

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