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There are currently three categories of Membership of the National Back Exchange.

  1. Ordinary Member [join online] [download form for payment via BACS (cheques not accepted)]
  2. Advanced Member [download application form]
  3. Honorary

Ordinary Membership

This category forms the Core Membership of the National Back Exchange.

Ordinary Membership of NBE is open 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

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

  • Those with a recognised clinical qualification such as a Nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist and registered with their awarding body (NMC, CSP, COT)
  • Moving and Handling/Manual Handling 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

Advanced Membership

This category is available to existing National Back Exchange Members who:

  • Complete the application process for Advanced Membership
  • Provide sufficient range and depth of evidence against set criteria
  • Undergo the formal peer review process of their submitted evidence

Advanced Membership is suitable for practitioners who can demonstrate a developed body of knowledge, skill and experience in relation to Moving and Handling / Manual Handling practice.

Please see the Standard Operational Procedure for more information and guidance. 

 Honorary Membership

This category is awarded by the Executive Committee after a nomination from the membership and and cannot be applied for.  

 Member Benefits  

Benefits of Ordinary Membership

National Back Exchange Membership provides:

 Advice and Support

  • Dedicated website forums for members
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to a nationwide network of local affiliated groups
  • Special Interest Groups focusing on specific aspects or field of practice
  • Learning & development opportunities
  • Discounted rates for NBE publications
  • Special booking rates for the NBE Conference each year
  • Full voting rights at NBE Annual General Meeting
  • Up to 50% reduction when subscribing to the International Journal of Safer People Handling and Mobility
  • Information and updates through NBE social media platforms
  • Access to Column; NBE’s regular journal
  • NBE publications and information leaflets to support practice and training
  • Potential to be involved at a Regional level or as an Executive Committee member
  • NBE working in partnership with a number of other Key Stakeholders and Organisations to raise the profile and standing of our members; these include the Health and Safety Executive, Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, Skills for Health and NICE
  • Opportunities to set and raise standards by working in collaboration with other bodies

Benefits of Advanced Membership 

In addition Advanced Membership of NBE provides:

  • Evidence of achievement of an Advanced standard in the field of Moving and Handling which has been reviewed by peers
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • A criterion benchmark for employment
  • Use of Advanced Member NBE logo (subject to conditions for use)
  • An opportunity to provide Mentor support to new Moving and Handling Practitioners
  • An opportunity to be a Panel review member for new Advanced Member applications
  • Potential reduction in insurance costs
  • Opportunity to promote business interests
  • Additional discount rates for attendance to NBE Conference
  • NBE opportunities in research, mentorship and peer review processes

 Applying to become a Member of National Back Exchange

Read the Definitions of Membership and Eligibility document (insert hyperlink) to confirm the category of membership that meets your needs.

Ordinary Membership

Apply online here


Download the Ordinary Membership application form to apply by post.

*You will need Adobe Reader (available free by clicking HERE) to open the application form.

Renewal of Ordinary Membership

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

You will be contacted by the Administration office when your membership is due for renewal.

Apply online here


Download the Ordinary Member Renewal form as above.

Advanced Membership

Download the Standard Operating Procedure and application document and complete as detailed .

*You will need Adobe Reader (available free by clicking HERE) to open the document.

Renewal of Advanced Membership

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

You will be contacted by the Administration office when your membership is due for renewal.

On renewal of your Advanced Membership you will confirm that you:

  • Continue to work at this level
  • Agree to be included in the audit process
  • If audited you will provide appropriate evidence and within the specified timescale