National Back Exchange, NBE, is a non-profit membership association whose goal is to develop, disseminate and promote evidence-based best practice in all aspects of moving and handling and musculoskeletal health.
It is run on a voluntary basis by a National Executive elected from the membership and administered from a central office in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
NBE’s vision for excellence in all aspects of moving and handling is supported with aims to reflect the growing recognition and significance of its work.
The association consults widely with other organisations and stakeholders that have similar goals, and actively contributes to national working parties and projects as well as supporting research and practice development.
Column, the journal of NBE, provides a valuable means of communication and is supported by web-based members’ forums where topics can be freely discussed and advice sought.
Since 1992 NBE has run a highly respected and successful three day residential conference in September for people with an interest in moving and handling.
The membership of NBE includes professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including:
- Health and social care
- Health and safety
- Equipment manufacturing
The development of an Advanced Membership category (similar to a post graduate diploma) in 2006 has increased the professionalism and recognition of personnel engaged in this field.
Networking and support of our members is facilitated by an interactive website, including a membership directory, links with organisations who share similar goals both in the UK and internationally. NBE has a number of local affiliated groups located throughout the UK which run meetings on a regular basis. The local groups are an excellent way to promote networking, to share and disseminate information and support members at a local level.
NBE also provides a number of resources to support and develop practice including a series of information leaflets and professional publications.