WorkWell’s Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive functional test designed to objectively measure the maximum safe functional abilities of a client across a broad range of tasks in an effort to describe worker abilities and generate recommendations for return to work (and activities of daily living). The FCE is used to assist in workers compensation cases, fit for duty testing, transitional duty or return to work placement, and disability determination cases.
This 2-day training is designed to develop physical and occupational therapists knowledge and skills related to performance of the WorkWell FCE. Participants will be introduced to standardized performance based testing protocols for functional activities such as lifting/carrying, walking, sitting, standing, bending, overhead reach, push/pull, ladder climb, kneel/crawl, crouch, hand coordination, etc. Development of customized protocols for job specific testing, medical-legal and referrer requested testing is presented, as well as administrative considerations of test delivery. Hands on lab sessions, documentation templates and group discussion are a large component of the training with focus on objective scoring definitions and observation skills (including muscle function, movement patterns, physiological changes, safety, worker behavior and integrated consistency checks). Client presentation and test results are used for report writing to develop treatment and return to work recommendations.