RehabWorks clinical director Mark Armour has been formally appointed as Chairman of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE)
Mark Armour, who has been a committee member since 2012, is a senior manager at award-winning business to business occupational health and rehabilitation provider, RehabWorks.
Having started his career as a physiotherapist in the NHS in 1993, Mark quickly gained a passion for occupational health and left the NHS to join Scottish Power as an occupational health physiotherapist in 1997.
Mark has gone on to work in various roles associated with work and health, including a secondment to the DWP’s Scottish incapacity benefit innovations unit. Mark joined RehabWorks in 2006.
In recent years, Mark has helped ACPOHE introduce a competency framework for health professionals working in occupational health, as well as piloting a new standards accreditation for occupational physiotherapy.
His official appointment took place at the two-day conference (encompassing AGM) of the organisation at the weekend.
“I am proud to be taking up the post of Chair of the Association after a number of years as a member,” said Mark.
“The organisation is at an interesting stage in its growth and profile, with a number of things in the industry affecting our membership.
“I’m looking forward to representing ACPOHE at the council for work and help and engaging with both the Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine as they progress a move to amalgamate and inporporate other professions including physiotherapy.”
This year’s ACPOHE conference, at which Mark chaired a session around assessment and treatment of work-related tendinopathy, was staged at Austin Court in Birmingham.
It also saw Mark’s colleague, Tom Bivins, lead a workshop at the prestigious industry event.
Tom is a specialist in preventative services and discussed issues around safe digging with the attending delegates.
He said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to lead a workshop at the event.
“It was a great opportunity for me to speak to members of the industry on the current evidence surrounding behaviour change programmes.”