Mission statement:


The Association exists

to develop, disseminate

and promote evidence

based best practice

in moving & handling.


National Back Exchange was established to share and exchange ideas and information on all aspects of moving and handling. Posts on this platform must comply with the NBE Social Media Policy, and does not indicate explicit or implied endorsement by NBE. Anyone requesting assistance from the membership regarding surveys and research are expected to share results.

About Us

National Back Exchange (often known simply as “NBE”) is a not-for-profit association set-up to develop, disseminate, and promote evidence-based best practice relating to manual handling activities. 
It is run, on a voluntary basis, by a National Executive elected from amongst its members, and administered from a central office in Greens Norton near Towcester, UK.
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 having 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.
Each September, since 1992, NBE also organises and runs a highly respected and successful conference for people with an interest in manual handling.
The membership of NBE includes professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including
·Health and social care
·Health and safety
·Equipment manufacturing
The development of a Registered Membership status 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 at home and abroad, and a number of local affiliated groups across the country.
NBE also provides a number of resources to support and develop practice including a series of information leaflets and professional publications.
Please note: National Back Exchange does not currently endorse any products or services.
Our Patrons
·Baroness Cox
Our Trustees
·Dave O’Neill, Hon FErgS






National Back Exchange offers professional publications and leaflets to both members and non-members.


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Resources for NBE members include reports and access to the online discussion forums, membership directories, archive copies of Column and our product review database. After logging in, see the RESOURCES menu for the link.


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