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Our thanks also to Sma’ Shot Photography for providing all the header & conference images


Who we are

The Scottish Manual Handling Forum was formed in November 2000. It meets annually in venues around Scotland. It evolved from a gradual amalgamation of two previous groups; the central Scotland group of the National Back Exchange and the Lanarkshire Moving and Handling Advisor Network. It comprises moving and handling professionals from the NHS, local authorities, education sector and the private sector. In June 2006 the Forum voted unanimously to progress towards becoming an affiliated group of the National Back Exchange.


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Affiliated to the National Back Exchange

In 2007 those in attendance at the Scottish Manual Handling Forum (SMHF) meeting voted in a large majority to proceed with becoming an affiliated local branch of the National Back Exchange (NBE). Since then members of the Core Group have worked to achieve the various requirements of such affiliation – constitution, elected core group, audited financial accounts. As a result of these efforts the SMHF became affiliated to NBE just before the NBE national conference in September 2008.
There are many benefits to this affiliation, not least of which being access to a further community of experience and expertise – details of all the benefits of the NBE can be found at


Get in touch

To attend one of our biannual conferences or for more information about the Scottish Manual Handling Forum, please get in touch.