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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Centre for Enablement (OCE)

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Education and training

We welcome many visitors from around the world each year, who join us for periods from a few days to several months. We can provide desk space in the Rivermead Research Institute office, but visitors must find their own accommodation and catering.

Training courses

Oxford Centre for Enablement offers a range of courses to professionals working in the field of rehabilitation.

These have been developed over many years and are based on the extensive clinical practice of the experienced teaching teams.

You will find below our listing of courses, dates and how to apply. If you have been on one of our courses and know of a colleague who would similarly benefit from our training, please pass on the link to this web page.

Maybe you'd like to enlist on one of our other courses, or even take the next step and take our Posture Management Postgraduate Certificate course, which is accredited by Oxford Brookes University.

Contact us

Course Administrator: 01865 227879



August 2020 - We are not currently accepting new applications for our courses. We will add future course dates as soon as possible.

Existing courses are still running with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

For more information please contact the Course Administrator.

Posture Management For Adults And Children With Complex Disabilities Course

Theoretical and applied sessions provide a background to posture management for people with complex physical disabilities. Management is essential in order to optimise remaining functional ability and minimise secondary complications associated with this client group.

This course is suitable for allied health professionals, therapy assistants, healthcare scientists and nurses working in neurological and neuromuscular disability.

This specialist field encompasses a wide range of issues. As new developments occur in the social, medical and environmental paradigms, so the depth and complexity of knowledge and skills required to be able to adequately define and manage the therapeutic needs of the client group must expand.

This is a short course, which can only provide an introduction to the issues pertaining to the physical management of children and adults who have profound and complex physical disability.

Upper Limb Rehabilitation For The Patient With Neurological Impairment Course

Learn how to select and implement the most appropriate rehabilitation strategy for low, medium and high levels of upper limb function.

This two-day course for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists introduces a pathway to guide clinical reasoning and treatment planning.

As well as teaching by expert clinicians, it includes opportunities to practise using a range of equipment and techniques.

Topics covered include:

  • neuroplasticity
  • the painful arm
  • CIMT
  • Saebo products
  • mirror therapy
  • motor imagery
  • movement analysis techniques
  • outcome measures.

Neuro-Physiotherapy Assessment and Management Course

This course will provide the participant with evidence-based knowledge and practical skills required to complete a comprehensive neuro-physiotherapy assessment. This will include the use of outcome measures, goal setting and the development of a treatment plan.

The day will consist of short lectures, patient demonstration and practical workshops on 24 hour postural management, analysis and treatment of sit-to-stand and gait. Suitable for Band 5 Physiotherapists, new graduates and return-to-workers.

Posture Management For People With Complex Disabilities Course Postgraduate Certificate (Course Code OB50)

Oxford Centre for Enablement in Association with Oxford Brookes University.

The course aims to give students the opportunity to:

  • expand their knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and physiology in respect of the neuro-motor system
  • develop an understanding of the multifaceted aspects of posture
  • carry out assessments of posture for people with complex disabilities
  • explore and develop a variety of approaches to the management of posture
  • critically analyse alternative courses of action and justify chosen interventions.

This is a 12-month course comprising three separate taught weeks, with an interval of approximately 10 weeks between each, plus a follow-up day six months after completion of the third week.

This will be an intensive course of study. Theoretical and applied learning during the taught weeks will be augmented by practise in the workplace. In addition, participants will be expected to spend considerable time reading and undertaking written work. Self-directed learning is a critical aspect of the course.

A total of 600 hours of student effort is required. Of this, 120 hours are spent in the three taught weeks, leaving 480 hours to be spent by students over 12 months, i.e. approximately nine hours per week. Some of the latter will be taken up by practical work conducted in the workplace.