Greater Manchester


Functional Capacity Evaluation (assessing fitness for work)

Work Capability Assessments

What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

The aim of a Functional capacity Evaluation is to make sure an employee is fit to perform the tasks involved in their job role effectively without risk to their own or others’ health and safety.  This assessment is used for complex cases in which a more thorough assessment is required than that offered within the standard “Occupational Rehabilitation” assessment. For example, it may be used for those with long periods of absenteeism, multiple conditions, multiple areas of pain or conflict over work capability. This assessment is also used to assess if a “Manual Handling Workplace Assessment” is needed.

What is involved in a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

We will ask numerous questions about the employees’ health and any difficulties they may be having at work. A physical assessment will then be carried out to assess joint movement, muscle strength and function.  We will also carry out very specific and validated functional tests to simulate any potential tasks that are causing difficulty.  A validated psychological screening tool will also be used to assess if there are any psycho-social barriers affecting their ability to carry out their full role.

What happens after a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

Since April 2010 the Med3 ‘sick note’ has become a ‘fit note’ so this assessment assists the employer in complying with the implementation of reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.  Following the assessment, we provide a report detailing;

  • Fitness for work and if the worker is able to perform their substantive duties or not.
  • Reasonable modifications or adjustments to support the employee at work or in returning to work.
  • Which alternative job roles the worker can perform.
  • A clinical prognosis with timescales for recovery.
  • How to fulfill their responsibilities to accommodate workers under the Equality Act 2010.
  • What further rehabilitation requirements are required

This allows employers to understand and resolve fitness for work issues so If you would like to find out more about this service – Please click here to contact us as we would love to help you.