Work related injury, sickness absence and non-work related injury have a huge cost impact on workforce productivity and effectiveness in both the private and public sector.

At a personal level it can also affect the health and welfare of individuals, their families and their colleagues.

The rehabilitation services RGU: Wellness offers can provide a comprehensive range of therapies and treatments to organisations, ensuring colleagues quickly get back on track after injury or illness. Together we will rehabilitate them back to work fitness, keeping everyone involved informed every step of the way through our diligent reporting process.


A core and integrated part of RGU: Wellness services portfolio, Physiotherapy @ RGU: Wellness provides a prompt flexible service which aims to give a professional assessment of injury and a diagnosis before creating a client and business focused management programme to get the individual back to work.

Our ethos is twofold; firstly, to provide a professional end to end service where we will be with you every step of the way and secondly, to help clients and businesses to help themselves. We will work closely with your occupational health department and health care providers to provide the best care possible for your employees. We will liaise with the client’s General Practitioner and arrange onward referral, if required, to relevant specialists and diagnostic services such as MRI and Ultrasound scans.

If necessary, we can provide services at your place of work or within the client’s home.

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Functional Capacity Evaluation

Following injury or ill-health, an employee may require detailed targeted assessment to determine any physical problems which might impact on their work performance.

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) aims to provide a comprehensive, objective and performance based measurement tailored to determine an employee's physical capabilities to safely meet specific work demands and help to identify the need for any workplace modifications.

At RGU: Wellness, the employee's functional level and physical capacity is assessed using standardised Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) procedures. This procedure is carried out by trained occupational therapists in our sector leading Human Performance Laboratory which offers an advanced facility assisting employers to minimise work related injuries, promote wellness and to support the early return to work of workers following ill health or injury.

An FCE is recommended for those individuals who require a targeted assessment of their physical performance following injury or ill-health and involves:

  • A review of the employee's clinical history and job specification
  • Pre-assessment screening with the Occupational Therapist
  • Customisation of the FCE to evaluate the employee's ability to meet identified job demands
  • Targeted functional capacity evaluation
  • Analysis of the data retrieved from the FCE
  • Production of a comprehensive report detailing capabilities, limitations and consistency in performance

Following the evaluation a comprehensive, easy to read report will be produced detailing an employee’s ability to return safely to work and identifying the need for any workplace modifications, adjustments or additional rehabilitation or work hardening.

At RGU: Wellness, a qualified Occupational Therapist can also as part of the FCE process conduct an appropriate neuropsychological assessment. Due to the complexity and variety of neuropsychological conditions, the Occupational Therapist will select the appropriate standardised assessment based on the referral information from the employer, the Occupational Health provider and their Health Physician. Following the assessment, a complete report will also be provided to identify performance capabilities and areas of difficulty, and how this may impact on function.

Fitness Testing

The scientific assessment of an individual’s physical capacity is a statutory requirement of demanding occupations such as deep sea diving or for entry into the police or armed forces.

As both a health and fitness screen, these tests help determine the suitability of an individual for a particular role. Athletes, at whatever level of their sport, may seek a clear and accurate fitness assessment in order to assist their training or more specific goal setting.

Here at Robert Gordon University, our experienced team using our cutting edge facilities can provide a range of tests designed to measure the ability of an individual to function at their peak.

Our tests include:

  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Maximum Fitness (aerobic and anaerobic)
  • Body Composition/Anthropometry
  • 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional Motion Analysis
  • Respiratory Function (Peak flow / Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) / FEV1)

Work Site Assessments

Our team of highly qualified, experienced and professional Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists offer a holistic approach to preventing and reducing sickness absence from work through a range of tailor made services.

By conducting a range of work related standardised assessments with employees using sophisticated equipment and software, we can provide objective and comprehensive information on their work capabilities and guide return-to-work decision making.

Ergonomic and work based assessment

An ergonomic assessment of the employee’s work place may be required to examine the tasks, the capacity of the individual, the loads or demands and the environment they may be working in. This can range from simple desk based Display Screen Equipment assessment to complex task analysis using a range of methods including the use of state of the art “Xsens” motion analysis system. Assessment can take place in a wide range of environments including offshore and remote environments. Following the assessment, a detailed report will provide recommendations to improve the safety and efficiency of the employee. Detailed job analysis can be done as well allowing the employer to compile accurate and truly representative job descriptions for their employees.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

An integral component of any return to work process, the FCE provides a comprehensive, objective and performance based measurement to compare an employee’s physical capabilities with work demands to determine their ability to return to work following injury or ill health. An FCE will:

  • Identify an employee’s ability to meet specific physical work demands.
  • Answer specific questions regarding an employee’s capabilities or limitations.
  • Identify the need for workplace modifications, adjustments and further rehabilitation.
  • Identify an employee’s work capabilities for future job searching
  • Validate stakeholders’ opinions and decision making process.

Following the evaluation a comprehensive, easy to read report will be produced detailing an employee’s ability to return safely to work and identifying the need for any workplace modifications, adjustments or additional rehabilitation or work hardening.

Neuropsychological assessment

Following a specific illness or injury an individual may experience neuropsychological problems which may impact on their work performance. These may present as:

  • Difficulties with concentration
  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

Following or interpreting information In order to determine an employee’s ability to safely perform work tasks, further understanding of how these difficulties may affect their work performance will be required. An appropriate neuropsychological assessment will help identify the need for any work adjustments or modifications, manage potential risks or be used to guide further rehabilitation.

Why choose
RGU: Wellness

  • Fully integrated range of services – from request/ referral through to rehabilitation
  • Speedy assessment and referral, reinforced by diligent reporting
  • State-of-the-art facilities, located at a single site
  • Services that are evidenced based, evaluated and underpinned by research
  • Professional end-to-end, time-saving and ultimately less costly service for you, the employer


Contact us

Phone: 01224 262626 

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781