Gill Hughes, Wendy O’Connor

Introduction to Re-ablement

Training pack

A work-based learning programme

This work-based learning programme will introduce health and social care staff to the re-ablement approach. Includes slides, handouts and instructions.



Introduction to Re-ablement introduces health and social care staff to the re-ablement approach and empowers them to embrace the culture within their own practice.

All staff working in social care should be aware of the re-ablement approach and embrace the change of culture within their practice. Re-ablement should not be viewed as a short-term service, but rather as a person-centred, outcomes-focused approach to support planning; one that promotes the independence, participation, choice and control of each individual.

Underpinning the Introduction to Re-ablement work-based learning programme is an emphasis on the concepts of independence, empowerment and personalisation. The training is delivered through four thought-provoking and interactive sessions, which cover:

  • the key concepts of re-ablement
  • models of disability and barriers to activities of daily living (ADL)
  • re-ablement techniques, equipment and assistive technology
  • goal setting and re-ablement planning in practice.

After completing the training course staff should be able to:

  • explain the principles of the re-ablement approach
  • work within multi-agency, re-ablement-focused teams to promote independence
  • contribute to outcomes-focused goal setting for customers
  • understand the contribution that adaptive equipment and rehabilitation techniques can make to the re-ablement approach.

The pack contains all of the resources that the facilitator will need to deliver the training, including PowerPoint slides, handouts and instructions for practical activities that will help learners to enhance their understanding by experiencing barriers to ADL for themselves.

The pack also includes a Microsoft Word learner workbook to complement the taught sessions. By reading through the workbook and completing thinking exercises in preparation for each session, learners can not only evidence their learning but also explore ways to put what they have learned into practice.


Re-ablement workers, managers, care co-ordinators (non-qualified), occupational therapy workers, long-term care providers (management and support workers), day care providers, voluntary sector workers providing home-based support, wardens, telecare technicians and residential care workers.


ISBN: 9781908993175
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 22 May 2013

Session 1

  • Stage 1: Welcome to the session
  • Stage 2: Introduction to the re-ablement approach
  • Stage 3: Key concepts
  • Stage 4: Personalisation and outcomes-focused working
  • Stage 5: Positive risk
  • Stage 6: The re-ablement relationship
  • Stage 7: Conclusions

Session 2

  • Stage 1: Welcome to the session
  • Stage 2: Workbook activity
  • Stage 3: Models of disability
  • Stage 4: Activities of daily living
  • Stage 5: Barriers to ADL
  • Stage 6: Activity analysis
  • Stage 7: Practical session
  • Stage 8: Conclusions

Session 3

  • Stage 1: Welcome to the session
  • Stage 2: Workbook activity
  • Stage 3: Telecare
  • Stage 4: Equipment – aids and adaptations
  • Stage 5: Re-ablement techniques
  • Stage 6: The person-environment-occupation (PEO) model
  • Stage 7: Conclusions

Session 4

  • Stage 1: Welcome to the session
  • Stage 2: Workbook activity
  • Stage 3: Goal setting
  • Stage 4: Goal setting and re-ablement planning in practice
  • Stage 5: Bringing it all together
  • Stage 6: Reflective practice
  • Stage 7: Conclusions


Wendy O’Connor is a qualified occupational therapist with experience of working with people in their own homes to promote independence, well-being and participation in meaningful activities. Wendy is currently studying for a PhD in health sciences at the University of York.

Gill Hughes qualified in 1977 as an occupational therapist at the York School of Occupational Therapy. She has since worked in the NHS and for local authority social service departments. Gill works as a senior practitioner occupational therapist for the City of York Council.


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