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Assessment and Interventions for Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation - Single Module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

Start Date(s): February


4 months


Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • You will develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical awareness of obstacles and facilitators for successful occupational and vocational rehabilitation
  • You will have the opportunity to critically challenge and develop your practice with regards to assessment and interventions strategies used within your current workplace
  • You will gain inter-agency and inter-professional perspectives to enhance your future collaborative practice
  • NHS funding available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

In this course you will examine underpinning theory and principles of assessments and interventions used within vocational and occupational rehabilitation, facilitating individuals to stay at work or return to work. You will also explore the obstacles and facilitators to an individual’s ability to work and use hypothetical case studies/ examples to apply theory to practice.

In addition, you will have opportunities to develop your clinical reasoning skills from a range of perspectives, partly determined by the experience and context that you and your peers bring to the module. You will be encouraged to share practice and explore together ways in which this could be developed and you will be encouraged to transfer knowledge and skills between different contexts in order to develop effective practice in occupational and vocational rehabilitation.

Course Details

Study time

One week campus attendance (30-34 hours) at the start of the module (plus a day on campus for the assessment at the end of the module. This could possibly be done online – subject to negotiation with the module leader).

There is independent/ directed study (some online) to further your learning and development when you are not in University.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • an honours degree – normally a 2.2 or above,  in a relevant subject
  • an equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international applications for this module.

Suitable For

If you work with (or want to work with) individuals who are struggling to stay in, return to, or enter the world of work due to ill health, injury or ongoing physical, mental or social obstacles…. then this course is for you.

This may include (but is not limited to) physiotherapists; occupational therapists; nurses; sports rehabilitators; occupational health practitioners, vocational rehabilitation practitioners, exercise professionals; psychologists; counsellors; social workers; case managers; employment advisers; human resource professionals, managers of people etc.

Applicant profile

Applicants should be enthusiastic individuals seeking to develop their critical thinking skills and keen to challenge and improve practice. They may currently work in teams or independently, having different roles within occupational and vocational rehabilitation. But no matter how large or small they see their role, they must want to improve their ability to learn and collaborate effectively in practice; to provide co-ordinated and integrated services that meet the occupational and vocational needs of those they are working with.

We are looking for individuals who are keen to use research evidence to develop their knowledge and their functional and intellectual capacity in this complex and specialist area.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module


The course is delivered through:

  • Face-to-face taught sessions on-campus
  • Online learning through our virtual learning environment

You will explore the course material via lectures, engagement in tutor and peer-led group work, and study in our virtual classroom. You will also receive support in setting up and familiarising yourself with relevant IT and media resources.  

You will also have the chance to participate in academic tutorials via email, telephone or Skype. And you will have full access to our online library resources and other student support services.

You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will act as a mentor and guide for the duration of your journey through the programme.


Poster presentation viva: (100%)

A critical discussion of a specific assessment or rehabilitation strategy relevant to the student’s own practice, with development of a negotiated return to work plan, rationale and underpinning evidence

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Tamara Brown (module leader and co-programme leader)

Tamara is a Specialist Health and Wellbeing (Occupational Health) Physiotherapist, and lecturer at the University of Salford.

She is currently working to further integrate a work and health focus in the undergraduate physiotherapy programme and has taught on the standalone postgraduate module on ‘Vocational Rehabilitation’, which is now superseded by the new Postgraduate Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation Masters.

Tamara is currently working towards a PhD: The revision of a Cost-benefit Analysis model in order for it to be capable of analysing the effects of Vocational rehabilitation.

Her SEEK profile is at:


Career Prospects

The occupational and vocational rehabilitation practice industries are constantly evolving and placing ever greater importance on evidence based, cost effective and efficient service provision by those who are adept at solving complex problems and thinking critically and creatively to achieve best results. This course will enhance your cognitive abilities and effectiveness in inter-professional collaboration and these skills and attributes make you very attractive to an employer.

Hence this course will suit you if you want to either progress in an industry area that you already have experience in, re-skill for a different career path or continue the studies you took as an undergraduate.

Links with Industry

Guest speakers provide a valuable contribution to the course, and bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These sessions allow you to mix with professionals from industry, to make connections, set up placements and conduct research.

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