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About the LPS team

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Set up in 1992, LPS delivers high-quality, professional and up-to-date training, consultancy and manual handling support. Although based in Leeds, we undertakes work throughout the UK.

The LPS ethos is to provide the best training and support to companies and individuals, to develop long-term training relationships and to maintain a flexible, client-driven approach which best serves staff and clients.

The skill of our trainers and consultants is central to our success.

LPS trainers are fully-trained healthcare practitioners (physiotherapists, orthopaedic and registered nurses), they combine their professional expertise within the context of the very latest in manual handling best practice. 

LPS has considerable experience undertaking complex individual risk assessments, report writing and bespoke training for over 100 clients of a Case management company in the North of the UK.  LPS is qualified to be instructed as an Expert Legal witness and write reports regarding long term quantum for ongoing manual handling and associated needs following neurological insult.

All are actively involved within the profession, have published articles, written for and peer reviewed professional books (The Guide to Handling people, 5th and 6th Editions), spoken at National and International Conferences (National Back Exchange, Disabled Living Foundation, Association for Perioperative Practice, RCN Occupational Health) and are Advanced Members of the National Back Exchange.

Since its beginnings, LPS has worked alongside leading companies and organisations to deliver the very highest quality and most up-to-date training.


Simon qualified as a physiotherapist at Guy's Hospital, London in 1986 and took his skills into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He spent the next 5 years consolidating his experience in treating back and neck conditions and was posted to Hong Kong for 2½ years where he was in charge of the physio department at the main military hospital.

Since moving to Leeds in 1991, Simon has worked as an occupational health consultant for the Post Office, Yorkshire Television and Yorkshire Rider, treating patients with work-related injuries and advising on ergonomics and risk reduction.

Simon's knowledge and experience gained over the years have been invaluable in the development of many aspects of LPS's manual handling training. His skills have been regularly updated at courses and conferences, and through his participation with the National Back Exchange.

Simon is an Advanced Member of NBE; he has contributed two articles to the NBE journal the 'Column', one on spinal stresses and one on practical sit to stand techniques. Simon was a peer reviewer for both the 5th and 6th editions of the Handling of People series.  He has been involved with the Theatre Special interest group of NBE which included looking at postural stresses and simple ways of reducing them in the peri-operative environment. The work included studying limb holding, using retractors, handling operating sets and turning patients prone.  On the strength of this work Simon has presented at three AfPP conferences. Simon has conducted research and co-wrote a book "Safer Moving & Handling in the Perioperative Environment" which is now published. Copies available from National Back Exchange.

Simon has been involved at a consultative level in setting up a safer moving and handling programme and systems for a group of 9 private Hospitals in England as well as hospitals in Bermuda. This work involved writing the company manual handling policy, auditing the manual handling within the hospitals, production of all the documentation, advice on equipment purchase and updating all staff involved with manual handling training.

Simon has been a very active member of Yorkshire Branch of the National Back Exchange, having been its chairman for 4 years.  He was a member of the Product review panel which reviews manual handling equipment for the 'Column'.  Simon has presented at a number of NBE conferences, delivering workshops and more recently as a Plenary speaker.  Simon has been on the National Executive Committee since 2018 and is currently the Chair of the Association.

One of Simon's passions is posture and its effect on the body.  He has recently developed a new training tool BAPC (Body Awareness and Postural Correction) which is an exciting and innovative way to understand and teach this fascinating subject.

In his spare time Simon is still a keen runner (keeping both him and the dogs fit) and plays golf whenever he can. He is also occasionally to be seen on TV or on a battlefield, dressed in a redcoat with spontoon and sword in hand, as part of the Duke of Wellington's army fighting against the armies of Napoleon.

Julia first became interested in manual handling when she trained as an orthopaedic nurse in Oxford before qualifying as a Registered General Nurse at Guy's Hospital in 1985. Continuing her nursing career at Guy's Hospital, she became the manual handling trainer for students, care assistants and qualified staff in her department.

She increased her nursing experience working in acute trauma, general medicine and with the elderly, whilst continuing to update her moving and handling skills courses at the Disabled Living Foundation in London and facilitators courses in Leeds. 

Julia then began to develop the moving and handling training and consultation business in Leeds with her physio husband.  Julia's practical skill and experience and Simon's physiotherapy experience stood them in good stead to create complete courses in back care and manual handling. Julia is an Advanced Member of NBE.

Julia then gained the Adult Teaching Award NVQ Level 3 and became an active member of her local group of the National Back Exchange, serving as a committee member for a number of years, culminating in 4 years as Chair of Yorkshire group. She became of member of NBE's Equipment Review Panel and was the Equipment Review Editor for The Column for a number of years.

Following time serving on the organising committee of her local Back Exchange group in Yorkshire, Julia was elected as a Regional Officer on the National Executive Committee of National Back Exchange (NBE). In September 2010 Julia became the National Secretary of NBE and in September 2011 she was elected unopposed to the position of Chair of NBE Executive Committee. Julia completed this role in 2014 and Now sits on the NBE Professional Affairs Committee, which she Chairs.  In this role, Julia has co-ordinated the update of the Skills for Health E-learning modules, a complete update of the Moving and handling section of the Core Skills Training Framework, and the Health Education England E-learning package .

She was one of the Co-Editors of the 6th Edition of the Handling of People series and was the author of the chapter on Core Hoisting Skills.

Julia co-delivers the 6-Day Facilitators course which was awarded 'Approval as a Professional Event' by the RCN. The course has been adapted for a number of institutions and organisations including for Sheffield and Huddersfield university healthcare lecturers and Bradford Special schools. She is currently the manual handling trainer for a number of private hospitals across the North. 

Manual Handling advice and training has been given to a number of care homes for the elderly, homes for children and adults with special needs, hospices, schools and nurseries, as well as staff within PCTs, local councils, private agencies and mental health trusts across the North of England. 

Julia is currently the consultant for a Case management company and undertakes individual risk assessments, writing reports and delivering bespoke training for clients with complex handling issues.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys yoga and has just recently discovered the excitement of growing her own vegetables.  She spends occasional weekends with a historical re-enactment group demonstrating and talking about her real interest – cooking for the soldier and family of the Napoleonic period.  Julia spent two weeks at the Paralympic Games in 2012 as a Gamesmaker, driving a golf buggy around the Olympic park supporting spectators with mobility problems.  She has three children who have all left home and two rather mad but loveable dogs.

Catherine is the person you are likely to deal with on the phone and via email. She keeps everything in the office running smoothly so that Julia and Simon can focus on the training.

She has been working for LPS since 2001 and, as the business has expanded, so have her responsibilities and importance within the team.

She finds time to do other things in her life including learning Portuguese having previously graduated with a BA in Italian Language Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2013. She is an ex-international cyclist and thinks nothing of a quick 45 miles on a Saturday morning!

Catherine also enjoys many other sports and activities, all of which stood her in good stead when she served as a Commonwealth Games volunteer in 2002 and became a drug-testing chaperone.  She has continued this work at a number of prestigious national sporting events ever since. These include working at the Aquatics Centre in 2012 for both the Olympics and the Paralympics and she was at the Triathlon and Mountain Bike venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.



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