Ken Cookson RGN, RMN, Dip RSA, CSPHP joins speaker line-up for Moving and Handling People South 2018

23-01-18 Amanda Shiel 0 comment

Ken Cookson, Manual Handing Consultant at Noocook Consultancy Services, joins our strong line-up of confirmed speakers to deliver a sponsored talk at the close of Day One of the two-day conference on:

Legislation 25 years on, surely, it’s all sorted now? Or are we fixing one problem and gaining another?

Technological advances can make lives simpler at work, in the home, and recreational environments. Patient handling equipment has advanced too in many cases making it easier to provide a safer environment.

Despite these advances many staff still feel pressured, the prevalence of MSDs in health care workers is still a concern. The presentation will look at recent HSE ill health and injury statistics and NHS pressures.

Are we fully embracing new technology and making attempts to work differently and collaboratively? An example of new air assisted technology will be demonstrated – i.e. the HoverTech Q2Roller™ – this device can facilitate manual handling tasks, basic nursing care and pressure ulcer prevention.


Ken Cookson is a health care professional (Nursing) with a continuous career spanning 50 years since starting as a cadet nurse in 1967.

Prior to retiring from the NHS in January 2016 Ken spent 20 years as the Manual Handling Manager /Advisor at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Ken’s particular interests are risk management, report writing and business case justification. Over the last 20 years he has promoted the science of safe patient handling nationally and internationally and especially relating to the safe and dignified care of plus size patients.

Ken is an advanced member of National Back Exchange and a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional with the Association of Safe Patient Handling professionals (ASPHP) in the USA.

From 2011 to 2016 Ken was elected and served as Board Member for the ASPHP, this not for profit organisation promotes the science of safe patient handling.

Ken is now semi-retired but maintains his interest in risk reduction and safer handling activities.



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