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The 25th Moving & Handling People conference: all new programme for 2019

Moving and Handling People 2019 returns for its 25th year on 7th and 8th August with an optional. New Products Showcase on the evening of the 6th.  Moving & Handling Peopleis a CPD-accredited event focussing on positive solutions for practitioners and clients organised by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF).  

This year’s conference includes a new line-up of speakers and fresh up-to-the-minute talks along with plenaries, seminars and hands-on workshops. For those interested in paediatrics, new opportunities to attend a workshop more relevant to their field have been added; half the workshops will have a separate adult’s and children’s strand to enable further specialisation.

DLF also celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is inviting delegates to reflect back on the past 50 years by looking at the developments of equipment and techniques within the world of moving and handling. What lessons have we learnt from past techniques and how this has informed our practice for the future?

Practical equipment-based workshops include:

  • Focus on Hospice Care
  • Risk-assessment with Real-life Models
  • Plus-sized People People at the 25th Moving & Handling People conference
  • Behaviours that Challenge. 

Seminars include:

  • a Slings Special
  • the Competency Framework
  • a Case Study from an acute setting
  • a Hospice Care Review.

The keynote speaker, Michael Mandelstam, is a long-time supporter of DLF’s work. In his talk, Where we started, where we are, what we have learnt, he will review developments over the years, highlighting concerns for the future of moving and handling people.

A new seminar, presented by Andrea Williams, will focus upon a completed 16-month pilot study aimed at reducing risks to family carers. The study was commissioned by Telford & Wrekin Council and Clinical Commissioning Group and led to the permanent funding for a Moving and Handling Advisor for family carers. Andrea’s talk will aim to highlight the importance of support to this essential group of informal care workers and will provide an update detailing the current level of service.

June Heayes and Danella Taylor, Practice Managers working for Dorset County Council, will present Promoting Safe Practice: A Moving and Handling Competency Framework where theywill share why they needed a framework, how they developed it and how it has benefitted both staff and service users.
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The popular interactive Open Forum will launch with a case study prepared by the panel of speakers. This will be followed by an open session in which cases tabled by the audience will be shared and debated by everyone. 

New evening sessions for networking and knowledge development will be run to welcome delegates into the conference. There will be a poster zone for new areas of research and techniques along with a separate space for new or bespoke equipment solutions in the field of moving and handling.

This year’s conference will be held at De Vere Beaumont Estate, Burfield Road, Old Windsor, Windsor, SL4 2JJ.

A two-day ticket costs £375 + VAT. Groups of three or more pay only £295 + VAT per person.

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