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9:30am - 4pm
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Moving and Handling

Our moving and handling conference and workshop is run by A1 risk solutions and will include an exciting combination of sessions, including names such as Deborah Harrison, Melanie Sturman and Carole Johnson. Covering a range of hot topics, such as; Single-Handed Care how to overcoming the many barriers, practical solutions for complex Single-Handed Care, and difficult decisions and managing challenging behaviour.

Carole Johnson -- Freelance Manual Handling Adviser

Carole is a Chartered Physiotherapist working as a Consultant Adviser, specializing in resolution of complex people manual handling by offering assessment, mediation, legal reports and training.

She offers 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

Catch Carole talk :-- 14:00 -- 14:50

Finding our way: when making manual handling decisions seems hard' The session will look at simple tools that are available to help us make decisions when we are faced with difficult situations. It will consider ways to get to the 'nub' of the situation and offer holistic advice and support.

Deborah Harrison -- Director of A1 Risk Solutions

Originally a nurse, furthered her studies in moving and handling, ergonomics, worked as an advisor across all sectors.

Now the Director of A1 Risk Solutions, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Salford and involved with research. Deborah created the only online system that has a research and evidence base, it contains 340 videos, accompanying picture and written guidance and books. The system is being adopted across boroughs, across the NHS, councils, care homes and care agencies. Deborah developed Rospa trainer’s packages Level 3 and 4 qualifications in M&H and Single-Handed care.

Catch Deborah talks :-- 10:00 -- 10:50

Single-Handed Care is it suitable for the person with challenging behaviour?

A short theory session of about 15 mins followed by 30 minutes or so of practical solutions

11:00 -- 11:50

The development of a hygiene (toilet/access) sling assessment tool to promote safe prescription:

A collaborative approach.

Melanie Sturman -- Norfolk County Council

Melanie is a Registered Nurse with a specialist interest in moving and handling.

Melanie graduated with a MSc in Back Care Management in 2008, specialising in plus size handling, falls management and supporting individuals with dementia and challenging behaviour. Melanie has written numerous articles for health and social care journals and was co-author of the Handling of People 6th Edition. Melanie is a regular speaker at national and international events. Melanie supports clinical staff with complex moving and handling assessments, building adaptations and training of care staff as part of her role in Norfolk Council. Melanie also provides expert witness support.

Catch Melanie talks :-- 10:00 -- 10:50

Is it challenging behaviour, behaviour that challenges or distress?

There are 850,000 people with dementia living in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025 and soaring to two million by 2051. This session will explore the definitions of behaviour, identifying the antecedents that could lead to distress. Delegates will learn practical tips and tricks and a strategy tool kit to support individuals who have dementia and ways of managing distress.

Postural Management

New for 2018 RISE will hold its very own postural management conference. The conference will compromise of 5 seminars covering a variety of subjects to educate and increase CPD on postural management. Our time table will include key subjects such as: assessment and equipment prevision within the community, night time positioning, specialist seating, pressure care, safety etc. Which will be delivered by known guest speakers within the industry.

Amanda -- SafeSpaces

Amanda (SafeSpaces) - Safe living and sleeping environments for people with learning difficulties and behavioural issues.

Amanda's role as a Product Advisor brings her into daily contact with parents, carers, health and education professionals, who are seeking solutions for issues affecting adults & children with a wide range of needs. She will share this experience of other families in the form of case studies, showing how effective solutions can be identified. Amanda has a background in product development and training.

Catch Amanda talks :-- 11:00 -- 11:50

Safe living and sleeping environments for people with learning difficulties and behavioural issues
Amanda will explain how soft, customised, safe rooms and high sided beds can provide an appropriate environment for sensory integration, behaviour self management, or treatment.Amanda will show how people with challenging behaviour, sensory processing difficulties, or lack of awareness of risk can have their needs addressed by appropriate adaptations.

James Leinhardt-- Posture Care

Married with four sons, james was approached by two neuro physios to help create the Hugga Sleep System back in 2012. His extensive background in polyurethane foam has helped in understanding the relationship between what we lie on and how that affects our posture. Having worked extensively throughout the country with leading physios and OT’s James is becoming regarded as an expert in posture and night time positioning. Most recently he has collaborated with an in bed management system to create the perfect night time positioning and moving and handling equipment for single handed care all in one product.

Catch James talk :-- 12:00 -- 12:50

Night Time positioning: - Posture care, Pressure care and Handling with care, without compromise!

The Posture Care workshop will provide information to support practitioners when considering 24-hour postural care needs, with a focus on night time positioning, moving and handling and how that can work in a single handed care setting. The session will discuss the aims of 24-hr postural care, the impact on daily routines and what to consider when assessing for appropriate equipment along with an overview of the funding landscape. Finishing with a practical element to the workshop using the universal sleep system “The Hugga,” and our compatible in bed management system.

Therapy Integration

This year’s Therapy Integration Theatre will provide a fabulous opportunity for all of the Therapist in Health, Housing and Social Care to come together to showcase their specialist areas of practise and share the great work that they are doing.

Aaron McGonigle -- JacquelineWebb

Catch Aaron talk:

Role of the Care Expert
The session is a brief introduction to the world of the Care Expert. This area is not an avenue many clinicians are aware of and this presentation will aim to educate what Expert work involves as well as highlight some of skills needed to be an Expert. The session covers
  • The role of an Expert Witness.
  • The responsibilities of an Expert Witness.
  • Examples of Assessment.
  • Examples of what is included in the report.
  • How you might apply.

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk


Catch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust


Independence at home theatre

The Home Service Delivery Model brings together Reablement, Therapy (including Occupational Therapy and Sensory Rehabilitation), Assistive Technology (AT), Care and Repair and Housing Programmes and is an offer with less rigid demarcation between professionals, which enables services to be delivered holistically to meet people’s needs focused on prevention and early intervention and streamlining the customer pathway. The model of service delivery reduces existing duplication and multiple handoffs to drive efficiencies through demand management, which will contribute to the council’s strategic objective to reduce pressure on tier three specialist services. The model was developed to improve or maintain people’s independence, to support people to recover from illness or injury and help people relearn lost skills or abilities. The model is proactive and preventative.


Time table to scheduled soon, Talks will be on below

Care and Repair

Care and Repair is Peterborough City Council’s in-house Home Improvement Agency. Its purpose is to provide assistance and support to disabled adults and children, elderly, frail and vulnerable residents to adapt, repair and maintain their homes to enable them to live safely and independently. A range of services, programmes and grants are provided to support residents with their physical housing needs and to support independent living such as Disabled Facility Grants, Repair Assistance Grants, Minor Aids and Adaptations and advice and practical support such as fund-raising, state benefit entitlement checks, referrals to heating and insulation schemes and relocation assistance.


Peterborough City Council Reablement Service is a short-term support service, designed to help maintain independence at home or increase independence following a period of ill health and/or planned or unplanned hospital admission. The main focus is on improving people’s health and well-being, autonomy and confidence through providing support and encouragement to meet identified goals thereby reducing the need for ongoing care and support.
The team’s client group is those aged 18 upwards, who have been assessed as requiring short term-support to help them return to the level of independence they had before they became unwell, or to their personal new level of independence. The Reablement Service operates seven days a week from 07:00 to 22:00, 365 days a year. This is a free service for up to six weeks, however clients that require an ongoing package of care, will be financially assessed to see if they are required to contribute towards the ongoing cost.

Therapy Service

The therapy services provide assessment of daily function with people with sensory, physical and/or learning disability and their carers and assists with continuing rehabilitation /reablement of a person who has for example been newly registered with a sensory impairment, recovering from a period of ill health or injury or who has had a deterioration from an existing long term condition. The therapy service will establish if a person will benefit from a period of rehabilitation and agree a programme of activities to improve function with the person, teach adaptive techniques and identify and order equipment as part of the overall enablement of people they are working with. They provide the assessment of a client’s need for all complex Disabled Facilities Grants. Most of the therapy team is made up qualified occupational therapists and support staff but there is also a small team dedicated for the Sensory Support referrals for visual and hearing impairment.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) service identifies devices and equipment that can assist individuals and support their carers. Assistive Technology plays an important part in preventative measures to manage or minimise risk, including personal safety, home safety, falls prevention and medication management. It supports carers by providing reassurance, peace of mind and reducing stress so they can better manage the demands of their own home and work life alongside their caring role.
Assistive Technology enables people to live at home independently for longer by providing technologies that make their homes more safe and secure. In the context of increasing demographic pressures, there is a clear imperative to embrace up to date, cost effective and evidence based technology interventions that have demonstrable financial benefits. Telecare fits squarely into these categories. It is recognised that assistive technology is useful at home and can also be used in various care homes settings. As part of the Home Service Delivery Model Assistive Technology will become the default option, when assessing for packages of care. If Assistive Technology is not utilised in care packages the rationale for this approach will need to be evidenced.

Housing Programmes

The team are responsible for the monitoring of the capital programmes and the decision making process on the most suitable course of action for both grant funded adaptations and remedial repairs to address high risk poor property condition, including the feasibility of large scale, complex adaptations or alternative housing solutions to meet residents long term housing needs. The team also the deliver energy efficiency and fuel poverty projects both directly and with external partners. They are responsible for the delivery and quality monitoring of the Housing Related Support grants to external providers and developing and implementing the Housing Renewals Policy, Affordable Warmth Strategy and Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Progress Reports.
They are responsible for commissioning Private Sector Stock Condition Reports and maintaining a database of the energy efficiency of domestic dwellings. They act in a coordinating role for the provision of assistance to address property condition/hazards within the home to enable discharge from hospital/reablement/interim care by instructing Care & Repair to deliver discretionary disabled facility grants to vulnerable owner occupiers or accessing ASC ISP funding for social tenants.

Conference Timetable


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Covering all ranges of disability & abilities

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12th July 2018
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East of England Showground
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