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Moving and Handling People South 2018

January 31, 2018 - February 1, 2018

  • Early bird rate (offer ends 31 August): £325 plus VAT
  • Standard delegate rate: £375.00 plus VAT
  • Group bookings (three or more): £245.00 plus VAT
  • Student rate (limited spaces): £37.50 plus VAT
  • NBE and COTSS-IP members: 10% discount code available. Please email for details.

Moving & Handling People South 2018 moves to a new venue, the Watford Hilton, which offers increased space, convenient travel links and discounted rates for overnight stays.

This will be the 24th annual Moving & Handling People to be held in London, and comes 25 years after the Manual Handling Operations Regulations were instituted.

To mark this, the two-day 2018 event will have a special focus on promoting vigilance in identifying manual handling risks, suggesting ways in which these can be minimised, and promoting a culture of organisational excellence.

Moving & Handling People is practical, equipment-centred and fully CPD-certified. It encourages delegates to focus on key aims to achieve continuous improvement in safe practice, demonstrating how self-awareness can affect organisational culture and remove barriers to learning.

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Delegate fees

  • Early bird rate (offer ends 31 August): £325 plus VAT
  • Standard delegate rate: £375.00 plus VAT
  • Group bookings of three or more: £245.00 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 plus VAT.

Event programme

Taking place over two days, the event is designed to provide practitioners with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to successfully influence colleagues and initiate change. Presentations and workshops will combine sound theoretical foundations with case studies to illustrate real-world application.

The format allows delegates to attend all sessions, and you are encouraged to bring along issues for discussion throughout the two days and during the Open Forum.

Further updates will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed, so keep checking back.

Plenary 1

Legal and Binding? Outcomes and Impact on Moving & Handling

Health and social care practitioners are actively encouraged to learn from incidents and mistakes in their own organisations. This presentation takes a wider perspective to learn from those incidents which end in court and have influence on all those involved in moving and handling people. Our acclaimed speaker will discuss legislation and outcomes of legal cases and their implications for practitioners.

Plenary 2

Open Forum

This open session will involve a panel of experts using a range of equipment to discuss current cases and issues raised by delegates to the learning event. The session will encourage discussions arising from workshops and seminars to be shared with the all delegates and look to share latest thinking and practice. The Forum panel will feature speakers from a range of sessions who will tackle practical issues and the audience is actively encouraged to participate in offering ideas and contributions.

Seminar 1

The 3 R’s Revisited – Rights, Risk and Responsibilities

Human rights law has had a significant effect on the rights of individuals, particularly those with more complex healthcare conditions. Technology and advancements in medical care has created a situation where people with a wide range of conditions are living longer but with conditions which affect their capacity and raise safeguarding issues. This can have a significant impact on moving and handling risk assessments and practice. This session will highlight the background to these issues and discuss the guidance educators should provide to workers and as well as providing update for practitioners to ensure they get their 3 R’s……right!

Seminar 2

Spinal Handling Guidelines

People with Spinal Cord Injury can be adversely affected by incorrect moving and handling during repositioning and transfer. While there a number of published guidelines – what’s the up to date accepted best practice?

Seminar 3

Oh My Back Hurts!

The purpose of risk assessment is mitigating risk. So how can we future proof this essential part of moving & Training and education of workers has a role in reducing the risk of workers developing work related injury but convincing workers to adopt ‘safe’, ‘good’ working postures is not always easy!

Our speaker will review how educators are approaching this issue to promote safe working practices.

Seminar 4

Emergency Evacuation Planning for the Plus-sized Person

People live in different types of home environments from old to new houses and flats but these do not all feature fire escapes and wide doorways and hallways. Architectural and engineering advice provides guidance to those designing public buildings to ensure safe access and egress for all but what about our homes?

The evacuation of plus-sized people from their home will be made more difficult due to their condition and the risks resulting from fire, flood etc – therefore careful planning is required. This situation presents considerable logistical issues which can be overcome to prevent this becoming an unsafe and upsetting experience for the person being transferred

Drawing on a wealth of experiences the speaker will highlight those critical factors which need to be considered when planning for this type of transfer and these will be further considered with hands on techniques and use of equipment in the corresponding workshop.

Workshop 1

Hands On / Hands Off: practical moving and handling for people with dementia

Spending in health and social care for those with dementia is estimated at over £8 billion in health & social care and rising reflecting the increasing population of people suffering with this condition.

Dementia is associated with symptoms ranging from memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behavior all of which make moving and handling risk assessment and planning challenging and caring for the person affected required balanced decision making. This workshop will use scenarios and case histories to identify workable moving and handling solutions.

Workshop 2

Moving & Handling Clients with Complex Needs

People with complex needs may need treatment in hospital but live day to day in their home and live more independent lives in the community.

Dealing with the complex moving and handling needs of a person who cannot manage their own personnel care or transfer from their bed to their specially designed wheelchair but who can drive their wheelchair with their mouth is challenging.

This workshop has been developed in order to provide healthcare professionals working in non-specialist settings with knowledge of the complex and unique moving and handling issues and handling solutions required for clients with conditions ranging from spinal cord injury to congenital disabilities. The aim of this session is consider handling strategies and hands on handling to provide safe care and transfer.

Workshop 3

Emergency Situations: Safe Working in Responsibilities & Risk Reduction

Emergency evacuation is the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a hazard.
A medical emergency is an acute injury or illness that poses an immediate risk to a person’s life or long-term health.

The response to an emergency situation depends on the situation, the person involved and availability of resources to help them. For patients in hospital and clients in the community – these situations require significant and potentially unsafe assistance from other people. The workshop will address these issues in different settings and review techniques and equipment that may be helpful in reducing the risk of injury for these activities.

Workshop 4

There’s only me! – Single Carer Handling

Situations some dictate that only one carer is available to assist with the moving and handling needs of a person; clients returning home at short notice, the partner who only wants one practitioner in their home, the client that only wants one carer, the service that only provides one carer unless the client ‘fits’ their criteria.

These are real world situations and the workshop while not advocating single carer solutions is designed to help those in this situation identify techniques and equipment which can help carers work safe while keeping their clients safe.

Open Forum

Empowerment through discussion

A facilitated practical hands on session for delegates to peer review their own moving and handling solutions with their peers, colleagues, facilitators and suppliers.

Equipment will be provided to allow delegates to try out techniques they have developed and those they would like to discuss with others.

Suppliers will be invited to join delegates and take part in this session providing an open discussion forum for all to discuss practical solutions.


Michael Mandelstam
Legal training and Consultant

Widely recognised for his legal work in health and social care, Michael Mandelstam will be discussing legislation and the outcomes of legal cases and their implications for moving and handling practitioners.

Contact details and Venue

Moving & Handling People South 2018 will make its first visit to Watford Hilton, a spacious facility close to Junction 5 of the M1 and the M25. The venue is located two miles from Watford Junction, serving both London Overground and West Coast line from London Euston.

DLF is planning to offer a free shuttle bus for delegates – to register your interest in using this service please call Suzi or Abul on 0207 432 8008.

Delegates can also benefit from a preferred rate for overnight stays.


January 31, 2018
February 1, 2018
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Disabled Living Foundation
0207 432 8008


Hilton Watford
Elton Way
Watford, WD25 8HA United Kingdom
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