wheelchair-952183_1280 (1)The Need: The employer requested an assessment of an employee who was experiencing low back pain. They wanted to know if she could perform her work tasks. The role she performed was a physically demanding one, as a Care Worker. A Functional Capacity Assessment was performed.

The Objective: The objective was to assess the employee’s current medical situation and for her to perform tasks that the role encompassed to see if they were going to be suitable for her.

The Solution: Firstly, medical information was gathered from the employer and from the GP (with employee consent). The demands of the job were gained from the employer in as great a detail as possible. This was via a detailed questionnaire. The specific questions that the employer wanted answering were also provided to the assessor.

An assessment was then conducted at the workplace in Brentford. The background and medical situation was discussed. The employee’s opinion on her ability to perform everyday activities and to perform work activities was discussed.

The assessment then led onto the performance of specific tests and tasks in order to objectively assess her ability to perform specific postures, movements and tasks. Also motivation to return to work and the accuracy of her reported abilities compared to her demonstrated abilities was gained. Conducting the assessment at the workplace was also useful in this case as it meant that the specific work tasks could be seen and used during the assessment.

The assessment was approx 3-4 hours in duration. In addition, the manner in which the employee could pace her tasks and vary her activities was also discussed during the assessment.

The Result: The employer was provided with a detailed report analysing the functional abilities of the employee. A table layout in the report was able to clearly record the work tasks, the demonstrated ability and the result – whether the employee was able to perform the task.

The report included recommendations and conclusions regarding her ability to return to the work role.