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Moving & Handling People North 2017

September 27, 2017 - September 28, 2017

  • Standard delegate rate: £325.00 plus VAT
  • Group bookings (three or more): £195.00 plus VAT
  • Student rate (limited spaces): £37.50 plus VAT
  • NBE and COTSS-IP members: 10% discount code available. Please email for details.

DLF is delighted to announce our return to Newcastle for Moving & Handling People North 2017, offering delegates an alternative venue and programme to our long-standing London-based conference.

Moving & Handling People North is aimed at health and social care professionals managing and providing hands-on practical care. The two-day event enables practitioners to widen their experience and knowledge to deliver efficient, safe practice through improved performance and techniques and is an unmissable opportunity for you to be inspired and make lasting improvements in client and carer safety.

Our second year

  • Renowned event co-located with a popular disability exhibition, DNEX
  • Auditorium, workshop rooms, breakout areas and refreshment areas
  • Accessible venue with great links to public transport and free car parking on site
  • A range of equipment available for demonstrations & training
  • Open Forum including handling live questions on acute and community cases from the audience.


  • CPD accredited event – Over 15 hours of learning spread over two days
  • Evidence based solutions and expert analysis
  • ‘Hands-on’ workshops and sessions.

Moving and handling practitioners require a range of skills and must often assess situations rapidly in less than ideal situations. Practitioners must feel confident in their assessments and recommended solutions, including the choice and application of equipment. M&HP North will empower practitioners to make the right decisions in a range of situations.

Moving and handling risk assessments often involve engagement with informal carers, relatives and other professionals as well as the client. The interactive practical workshops will consider the process from assessment to hands-on techniques providing delegates with guidance to make reasoned decisions while also reviewing their own handling practices.

Moving & Handling People North is an unmissable opportunity for you to be inspired and make lasting improvements in client and carer safety.

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Delegate fees

  • Standard delegate rate: £325.00 plus VAT
  • Group bookings of three or more: £195.00 plus VAT per person
  • NBE and COTSS-IP members can save almost 10% by using a discount code. If you are eligible for this, please email mhp@dlf.org.uk
  • There are also a strictly limited number of places for students of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and related disciplines, which can be booked for just £37.50 plus VAT.

N.B. One delegate place may be shared between two people attending on different days.

Delegates will also receive 1 year’s FREE subscription to the moving & handling section of DLF Data saving them up to £525 + VAT.

Event programme

Taking place over two content-packed days, our 2017 programme will tackle the most urgent issues facing moving and handling practitioners and will incorporate topics suggested by previous Moving & Handling People attendees.

It will repeat the trusted MHP formula of four practical hands-on workshops, four seminars, two keynote plenary sessions plus the Open Forum plenary session at the end of Wednesday.

The role of a moving and handling practitioner can include practical advice, training, risk assessments, equipment selection and service management. This requires a breadth of knowledge and practical skills which the Moving & Handling People North programme will reinforce.

It will provide solutions and guidance, foregrounding dignity and safety, based on legislation, the outcomes of legal cases, risk assessments and common sense. A variety of settings are considered, from community to acute. There will also be opportunities for discussion and peer review.

Delegates attend all sessions and are encouraged to bring along issues confronting them to be raised in the Open Forum at the end of the first day.

Plenary 1

Human Factors – a journey in improving care

An adverse event is an event that could have caused, or did cause, harm to people. While the great majority of NHS care is of a very high clinical standard, and serious failures are rare, they nevertheless do occur and can have devastating consequences. Most distressing of all, such failures often display strong similarities to previous incidents and, in some cases, almost exactly replicate them. This keynote session delivered by Dr Mike Fray will look at creating a culture supportive of staff reporting adverse events, and consider how learning from them can be encouraged. Specific examples of moving & handling failure will be considered.

Plenary 2

Through the Looking Glass: what the Inspector needs to see

CQC benchmarks are used to audit and assess potential to deliver safe care. So what do organisations have to do to ensure they meet the gold standard? Carole Johnson, respected expert and CQC Assessor will share her insights into what organisations must do to ensure compliance, governance and good practice.

Seminar 1

The Scottish Manual Handling Passport

The Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme is an initiative designed to improve the standards and consistency of Moving and handling training/education and the systems that under pin it within health boards and local authorities in Scotland. Aimee Gilhooley‘s seminar will reinforce the current Scottish context for small child handling, explore the evidence and key drivers and discuss the exciting new optional module G for the Moving and Handling of small children and babies.

Seminar 2

Moving & Handing Risk Assessment – what’s so difficult?

The purpose of risk assessment is mitigating risk. So how can we future proof this essential part of moving & handling practice? The principles of risk assessment are well known, but assessments can range from a few questions to several pages. Simon Wells‘ seminar will consider the dos and don’ts of client-centred risk assessments, providing delegates with the tools to update and improve their own templates.

Seminar 3

Trial by Jury – your day in court

It is always better to learn from the mistakes of others, rather than inadvertently repeating the same mistakes yourself, and the outcomes of legal cases can therefore be an invaluable source of information. This session led by Pat Alexander and team will review recent cases where there has been an adverse incident, helping delegates ensure that they or their organisation do not end up in court.

Seminar 4

Moving & Handling Challenges in Dementia Care – rights, restraints and responsibilities

What is current best practice where issues of rights, restraint and responsibility intersect with moving & handling of the person? Work related injuries happen to staff undertaking everyday activities when caring for people. Melanie Sturman-Floyd will advocate that where clients have a reduction in capability, the risk of injury is potentially greater. How can that risk be reduced, whilst enabling and supporting the person with dementia?

Workshop 1

Assessment and risk reduction when assisting the plus sized person

Everybody working in healthcare recognises the term bariatric patient – but it’s not the definition that’s important in moving & handling; it’s how you assist the person to move safely! This workshop, led by Gill Creighton and her team of practitioners, uses the latest equipment and draws on real-life experiences whilst offering practical guidance on mitigating risk when moving & handling the plus-sized client with dignity and sensitivity.

Workshop 2

“Let’s try this” – problem solving in paediatric moving & handling

There are no set techniques for handling people, and this is especially so when dealing with children. In this brand new workshop leading practitioner Sue Hain and her team will review good practice which is realistic and sensitive to children with a range of needs.

Workshop 3

Where Falls Prevention Fails – retrieval of the fallen person and emergency handling

Assisting a person to stand is one of the most common moving & handling activities. Falls can be caused by a failure of assessment, client ability or pure mischance. They can have both immediate and long term effects on the fallen person, contributing to the worry faced by healthcare workers regarding their personal responsibility. This brand new workshop led by Elaine Brichard and team will review safe retrieval and transfer techniques, and consider how equipment can be employed to help.

Workshop 4

Single-handed care – the latest techniques and insights

This popular practical workshop led by Heather Hetherington and team will bring you up-to-date with the latest techniques and insights from a team of practitioners working in the field. Using a variety of equipment they will involve you in a hands-on demonstration and discussion of this leading trend in care.

Open Forum

Empowerment through discussion

First run at Moving & Handling People 2014, this participative learning session will make the most of a panel of experts working alongside you the experts in the audience. Essential to identifying solutions to moving and handling problems is open dialogue.

This part of the programme has become a conference favourite, with delegates discussing moving and handling issues among their peers in a professional and confidential environment.Delegates are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event by emailing mhp@dlf.org.uk. They can also be raised, in person, during the session itself.


Dr Mike Fray
Healthcare Ergonomics Lecturer

While the great majority of NHS care is of a very high clinical standard, and serious failures are rare, they nevertheless do occur and can have devastating consequences. Such failures often display strong similarities to previous incidents and, in some cases, almost exactly replicate them.

This keynote session delivered by Dr Mike Fray will look at creating a culture supportive of staff reporting these ‘adverse events’ and consider how learning from them can be encouraged.

Carole Johnson
Chartered Physiotherapist and Consultant Adviser

Carole specialises in resolution of complex people manual handling by offering assessment, mediation, training and advice. Courses include basic manual handling, a five day KeyMover course and bespoke training in many areas of manual handling.

An Honorary and Advanced member of National Back Exchange, she speaks internationally and has written for a number of publications, including the Handling of People (BackCare, 2005, 2011), Guidance on Manual Handling in Physiotherapy (CSP, 2008, 2014) and Manual Handling of Children (NBE, 2011). She was Chairman of National Back Exchange (1999 – 2004), Public Relations Officer (2008 – 2014) and is editor of their journal, Column. In March 2016 she also took on the role as publications officer. NBE’s vision is ‘Excellence in all aspects of moving and handling’.

Aimee Gilhooley
Moving and Handling Lead for Capability Scotland

Aimee qualified as a nurse in 2005 and specialised in ophthalmology before realising her passion in training and  education. In 2013 Aimee joined the NHS Lothian Moving and Handling team at Napier University where she trained the nursing and medical students.


Contact details and Venue

Moving & Handling People North is co-located with DNEX, a popular regional disability exhibition.

The venue:

  • is easily accessible from the A1
  • offers free car parking
  • has good links to public transport.


September 27, 2017
September 28, 2017
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Disabled Living Foundation
020 7432 8001


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