Ergonomics for Manual Therapists

Date: 2 February 2019
Course leader: David Annett
Cost: £109 - £135


About the course

Ergonomics looks at the relationship between a person and their working environment. If their posture or activities at work are causing or aggravating their symptoms, they will not improve with treatment. This course will give you the skills to analyse your patient’s work environment and give advice to make improvements. This could be from questioning, reviewing pictures/video or going into their workplace.

The focus is on computer users including mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and phones. It covers the DSE Regulations (Display Screen Equipment), legal requirements, correct setup, chairs and specialist equipment available. This will give you the ability to go into a workplace and offer DSE training and undertake assessments.

The course will also look at manual tasks and cover the manual handling regulations, including risk assessment and risk reduction.

Summary of Osteopathic Practice Standards (updated) covered in this course

  • A) Communication and patient partnership - A2, A5, A6
  • B) Knowledge, skills and performance - B1, B2, B3
  • C) Safety and Quality in Practice - C6

Learning outcomes

  • Gain the ability to evaluate patients in relation to their working environment - computer workstations and manual tasks.
  • Gain the ability to train patients in ergonomics so that they are more aware of how to prevent injury.
  • Gain knowledge and skills to support your patients with injuries or problems influenced by their workplace environment.
  • Gain the knowledge to allow you to go into a workplace and undertake DSE and Manual Handling assessments.

Course suitability

This course is ideal for all manual therapists including osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and sports therapists.

Course schedule

  • 09:00-09:30 Arrival and registration
  • 09:30-11:15 What is ergonomics? / Introduction to DSE Regulations / Mechanisms of injury and casual factors
  • 11.15-11:35 Break
  • 11:35-12:30 Guidelines on seating and workstation set-up / Work organisation and breaks
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-15:30 Checklists and undertaking assessments / Case studies and practical
  • 15:30-15:50 Break
  • 15:50-17:00 Manual Handling regulations
  • 17:00-17:30 Clinical applications / Case Studies
  • 17:30 Close


About the course leader

David Annett is a practising osteopath and freelance ergonomics consultant. His degree in ergonomics coupled with over 15 years’ experience in this discipline mean he is ideally placed for advising manual therapists in this area.

Progression routes

After completing this course, you are eligible to attend the Advanced Ergonomics CPD course, which is also run by David Annett.

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.