Melanie Furness

Melanie Furness

Managing Editor of column

I am currently a Moving and Handling Clinical Lead for Norfolk County Council.  The team provides advice, training and consultancy to health and social care staff across the county of Norfolk.

I qualified as a Registered Nurse 30 years ago and completed my MSc in Back Care Management, Loughborough University in 2008.

I am a regular presenter at national and international conferences specialising in falls management, care of the plus size person, person with dementia related illnesses and person-centred approach to moving and handling.  I am a co-author for Handling of People 6th Edition and Dementia Care:  A Behavioural Approach to Manual Handling.

I am currently chair of the East Anglia National Back Exchange Group, Royal College of Nursing Eastern Board Rep, member of Loughborough Patient Handling Alumni Group as well as Column Editor.

In 2022, I was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours for Services to fundraising and to the local community.