Come and join the NBE Community

NBE is a leading industry authority on all aspects of moving and handling. NBE is about relationships. Our strength comes from our membership. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the industry, it doesn't matter, all are welcome. You will be joining an engaging and supportive community.

  • NBE Membership
    12 months
    Package price

    NBE Member


    This category forms the Core Membership of the National Back Exchange. Membership of NBE is beneficial to anyone working, or with an interest in:

    • Promoting Musculoskeletal health and wellbeing
    • Prevention of work-related Musculoskeletal conditions
    • Promoting best practice in Moving and Handling

    Membership is suitable for (but not limited to) individuals such as:

    • Those with a recognised qualification such as a Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or Ergonomist
    • Moving and Handling/Manual Handling Advisors, Trainers and Key Workers
    • Commercial representatives involved in the development, provision, maintenance and upkeep of Moving and Handling/Manual Handling equipment and assistive aids
    • Workers from a wide variety of fields involved with people who may require assistance with their movement including caregivers, healthcare workers, formal and informal carers, teachers and teaching assistants and students


    Benefits of NBE Membership

    National Back Exchange Membership provides:

    • Dedicated support from the NBE Board and team
    • Access to our community engagement platform - information, assistance and support from the NBE community, and the chance to build professional relationships
    • Join our NBE members directory - prove to your employer you are a member and contact other NBE members directly 
    • Access to a nationwide network of local affiliated groups
    • Learning & development opportunities - view our Moving and Handling Document and video libraries 
    • Discounted rates for NBE publications
    • Exclusive booking rates for the NBE Conference each year
    • Attend our members only webinars
    • Full voting rights at NBE Annual General Meeting
    • Access to column; NBE's quarterly journal as well as archive
    • Receive our members only quarterly newsletter
    • Potential to be involved at a Regional level or apply to be on the NBE Board of Directors
    • Potential to apply to become an Advanced member - an opportunity to demonstrate advanced level of competence specific to the Moving and Handling discipline

    Membership remains current for one year from joining NBE and is renewed on an annual basis.

    Please read our NBE Constitution here.

    When joining NBE as a member, if your email address is for an NHS or government organisation, please contact your IT department to ensure that security filters enable you to receive correspondence from and We do find that emails are occasionally quarantined. Remember to always check your junk folder!

    These quick steps will ensure that you receive information about your membership, our newsletter, and all other circulations. 

  • NBE Advanced Membership
    12 months
    Package price

    Please note that Advanced membership applicants must have an active NBE membership to be eligible to apply. You will not be charged to apply for Advanced membership. Your current NBE membership will be transferred if your application is successful. Advanced membership renewal is £60 per year.

    You may already be a member of a professional body, but NBE Advanced Membership represents a meaningful indicator of an advanced level of competence specific to the Moving and Handling discipline.

    You may feel confident in your current abilities, but as Advanced Membership represents a trusted and recognisable brand, this will give your employer and customers confidence in you and your work..

    What are the benefits?

    Being an Advanced Member:

    • Confirms to your employer and your customers that you are competent and committed to your profession as a Moving & Handling practitioner. This may increase your job opportunities and assist you with sourcing work.
    • Provides evidence towards compliance with regulatory requirements and inspectorate body expectations.
    • Allows use of the Advanced Member logo. This will enable you to showcase your Advanced status. You can use the logo on your email signature, website, documentation etc, or anywhere associated with you as an individual practitioner.
    • Increases networking opportunities through invites to exclusive Advanced Member virtual meetings.
    • Provides the opportunity to act as a mentor and/or review panel member for other Advanced Member candidates. This can contribute to your CPD.

    What do I need to do?

    You will build a portfolio of evidence based on your last three years' experience. Your portfolio will meet certain requirements, as stated in the Standard Operating Procedure. Once completed, it will be peer reviewed by a panel of Advanced Members.

    Full details of the process and portfolio requirements are explained in the standard operating procedure.

    Please read our Standard Operating Procedure Here

    Please read our Constitution here.

    Will I receive support?

    Yes. Although the process is straight forward, we appreciate that you may require some support along the way. We can supply you with a mentor. Any appointed mentor will be an Advanced Member, so will have gone through the process you are about to begin. Their role is to support and guide you throughout your journey. They will not devise or complete work on your behalf. If you choose not to have a mentor, please remember we are always here to help.

    CLICK HERE for more information on the mentor role.

    How do I start the application process?

    Simply register here online and this will mark the start of your journey and we will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your registration.

    • We will record your registration on file.
    • If you choose to have mentor to support you through your journey, we will allocate one to you. Your mentor will contact you in due course.
    • Read the Standing Operating Procedure. Choose six criteria from 1-9, plus criterion 10.
    • Gather your evidence and build your portfolio. Showcase your knowledge and skills.