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Physiotherapists contribute to National Back Exchange ‘moving and handling’ guides

25 November 2013 - 11:36am

Physiotherapists have contributed to the content of two guides on moving and handling, both of which are published by the National Back Exchange (NBE).

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Both guides are available online from the National Back Exchange

The first, a leaflet titled Working at or near floor level - a survival guide for health and social care staff, was written by CSP member Carol Croshaw.

Mrs Croshaw, an occupational health physiotherapist and manual handling practitioner, is a professional development officer at the NBE. She has worked in community settings for many years and drew on her experience to compile the guide.

'Many healthcare staff complain about the discomfort they experience when working at or near floor level,’ said Mrs Croshaw.

‘So the aim of this leaflet is to provide information that will help them take steps to reduce the risks.’

The second publication, a book titled Moving and Handling of Plus Size People - an illustrated guide, was written by two nurses who work in the field of bariatrics.

Mary Muir and Anita Rush involved physiotherapists in their discussions about the techniques illustrated in the book, which was peer reviewed by two physios.

The NBE is a not-for-profit association that aims to promote evidence-based best practice in the moving and handling field. The leaflets are available in packs of 10 costing £2.50, while the book costs £35 (with a reduction for NBE members).

  • An updated version of the CSP’s Guidance on Manual Handling in Physiotherapy will be published next month. Members can download current copies from the society’s website.

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