16 January 2017

Using the Functional Fitness MOT


This one-day practical seminar introduces the Functional Fitness MOT. It raises awareness of the importance of physical activity and physical function for older people and demonstrates how the MOT can help.

The Functional Fitness MOT is a person-centred tool that uses a number of different physical function tests to give older adults an idea of how their fitness compares to their peers. The results of these tests can be used to discuss the different components of fitness and highlight individuals’ strengths and weaknesses.

The Functional Fitness MOT can be used as an educational tool in a variety of settings including leisure centres, shopping precincts, community centres as well as residential settings. It includes activities such as chair sit and reach, 30 second chair stand and eight feet up and go.

Who is this course for?

This one day practical course is designed for anyone working with older adults to increase physical activity levels, strength, balance and co-ordination. This includes physical activity practitioners, active ageing development officers, sports development professionals, occupational therapists, therapy assistants, older people health care services, exercise instructors and physiotherapists.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • describe the main features of the Functional Fitness MOT and how it works in practice
  • describe the key elements of the UK physical activity guidelines for older adults
  • identify how the Functional Fitness MOT can be implemented within their setting
  • know how to access additional resources to support the programme.


Participants are provided with a Functional Fitness MOT resource pack and after the course, participants will be able to download:

  • a presentation on the Functional Fitness MOT
  • a hand out that can be personalised to include local opportunities and programmes
  • a set of MOT circuit cards and protocols that can be used for assessments
  • guidance on how to organise and advertise events
  • an example of a poster to advertise events.

What do our delegates say? 

"The Functional Fitness MOT is an absolute must." Dr David Broom, Sheffield Hallam University

"I would highly recommend your courses and I am scoping further funding opportunities to be able to use your expertise again" Lynn Flannigan, Lanarkshire Care Home Liaison Physiotherapist

Course programme

For further information on the timings and content for the course download the sample course programme.


Using the Functional Fitness MOT is endorsed by Skills Active and REPs for six CPD points. 




Locally hosted courses

This course can be hosted at a venue to suit you anywhere within the UK mainland.


The cost of this course is £1,400. This price includes a full day (6½ hour) tutor-led session, with some practical elements, delivered by experienced BHFNC tutors as well as resources for all participants to take away. It can be run for a maximum of 30 participants but will require at least 15. The cost of venue hire, refreshments and local promotion are to be covered by the hosting organisation.

How to book

If you would like to host a Using the Functional Fitness MOT training course in your area please email bhfnctraining@lboro.ac.uk or call 01509 226418 to discuss a suitable date.