Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) and Functional Capacity and Cognitive Evaluations (FCCE)

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) assesses, through both objective and observational measurements, an individual’s capacity to perform working activities related to his or her participation in either their own, or alternative (suited) forms of employment. 

Form Health utilises peer-reviewed and researched battery of physical standardised tests in areas such as mobility, dexterity, strength, endurance, and agility, which will vary, based on the purpose and nature of the assessment required.

The FCE is in general a one-day assessment, over a 3-4 hour period, depending on the speed the individual undertakes the tests, as well as on the job requirements. In certain circumstances, it may be more prudent for the FCE to be undertaken over two-days, and this is discussed with the referrer beforehand once an internal review or the referral requirements has been conducted.

A person lifting a heavy box correctly.

The FCE report provides the referrer with the following information:

In addition to assessing an individual’s ability to return to work, FCEs are also used to determine their capabilities to perform TPD policy definitions of disability, such as Activities of Daily Living, Activities of Daily Work, and Loss of Independence.

Functional Capacity and Cognitive Evaluation (FCCE)

The Functional Capacity and Cognitive Evaluation (FCCE) utilises all the components of the FCE as described above, and in addition, a battery of computerised cognitive tests are undertaken. This is particularly helpful for individuals who report both physical and cognitive barriers which are preventing them from returning to work.

Our FCE’s and FCCE’s are completed by specialist Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths and Nurses, all of whom have extensive training and experience in the Occupational Health sector.