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Moving and Handling People Conference and Exhibition 2022


Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd February 2022 at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor

Moving & Handling People is a CPD accredited event focussing on positive solutions for practitioners and clients. It is organised by the DLF.


Moving & Handling People 2022: Reviewing Latest Thinking and Practice

Moving & Handling People combines the best of hands-on practical workshops with informative seminars focusing on the very latest issues. In two fast-paced, content-packed days, you will hear from the UK’s leading speakers, chosen for their in-depth knowledge of safe practice. This conference will review the challenges and changes resulting from the Coronovirus pandemic and what they mean for practitioners in moving and handling people. You will be able to trial equipment in the company of your peers; trouble-shoot problems; and ensure you are fully conversant with standards of professional competency, including your legal responsibilities under the Care Act.

Celebrating DLF’s 53rd anniversary and the Conference’s 29th year, Moving & Handling People has established itself as the most comprehensive and best value learning event of its kind. To get involved in the Programme for 2022 please contact us with your ideas, we value featuring speakers with recent practical experience who can share their insights. To find out more about the extended exhibition space and opportunities to feature new products please contact our Partnerships Team.



In our 27th year, we hope to welcome back the speakers and supporters of the Moving and Handling People conference who have worked tirelessly to ensure the event kept its good reputation and high quality throughout.

This year the Alumni will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the event, but they will be around to answer questions and offer support to the new speakers. Please look out for them at the event.

Pat Alexander

Pat Alexander is a Manual Handling Practitioner and the Director of Herts Handling Training. She has contributed to several “gold standard” publications in the field of manual handling, presented at national and international conferences and worked as an expert witness for the HSE, among other clients. Pat is an Advanced Member of National Back Exchange and has a special interest in setting standards for training and trainers.

She has a wide interest in many aspects of manual handling, including problem solving in the community and in paediatric settings. She enjoys teaching and showing new ways of working that can lead to improvement in health and well-being for both client and staff.

E: info@hertshandling.co.uk W: hertshandling.co.uk

Elaine Bichard

Elaine Brichard, BSc(Hons) OT, PGCE, Post Grad Back Care (Southampton), Level 4 Single Handed Care (RoSPA) became a Moving and Handling Advisor for Hampshire Equipment Services (HES) in 2004, advising both health and social care colleagues and carrying out joint visits with them. In 2017 she became the manager of the equipment advisory team at HES. Elaine continues to give advice and develop training for HES as part of her current role. She sat on the committee for National Back Exchange for six years, the final two years as Chair. Elaine has presented at Naidex, The OT Show, NBE conference and has run workshops at the DLF conference on several occasions, including single-handed care and retrieving the fallen person.

Heather Hetherington

Heather has worked in the field of Manual Handling since 1992. Her background is as a Registered Nurse, her first role as a Back Care Advisor was setting up the service for her hospitals in Carlisle. In 1997 planning started for a new hospital for the city where Heather was heavily involved; she developed numerous specifications for patient’s equipment design – many were firsts – incorporating infection control and tissue viability, most of these you see today as standard in hospitals. Heather was an Executive Member of National Back Exchange for twelve of its formative years, influencing the Moving & Handling National Standards we all know today.

Working freelance since 2003, she has the opportunity to influence through training and risk management best practice for both the cared for and the carer. She has regularly spoken at National and International conferences for many years and been involved in the design and content of countless others. With austerity upon us, she is passionate about the safe development of ‘Single-Handed Care’.

Contact details and venue


De Vere Beaumont Estate, Burfield Road, Old Windsor, Windsor, SL4 2JJ

How to get here

By train

Egham (EGH) station is just three miles from the venue, with connections to London Waterloo and Reading. Windsor & Eton Riverside (WNR) station and Windsor and Eton Central (WNC) station are also nearby.

By road

De Vere Beaumont Estate is easily accessible from the M3, M4, and M25. Use the following navigation coordinates (51.449394, -0.575441) and postcode (SL4 2JJ) to find the venue. Parking is free for all guests.

By air

The nearest airport is Heathrow Airport, which is six miles away, or 15 minutes by car. De Vere Beaumont Estate can easily be accessed to and from Heathrow by bus, car, or taxi.

Overnight stays

Delegates and sponsors can book a room with the De Vere by emailing


The rate is £107 + VAT per night for B&B.



We will also offer optional sponsored talks and activities in the early evenings

We would like to thank all our sponsors for supporting the 2014 event

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