Pam qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in the UK in 1980. After 5 years working in
the National Health Service she moved into private practice where she predominantly
treated patients with musculoskeletal disorders, and developed a particular interest in
back pain and issues around ergonomics and improved risk management.
Pam subsequently became and specialised as a Freelance Moving and Handling Trainer
and Consultant in 1992 since when she has organised bespoke training courses for the private sector (mainly nursing and residential homes and private care agencies). She
delivers courses for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in the risk management
of complex patient handling issues. Pam has presented sessions at National and
International conferences on moving and handling issues and has taught practical
sessions in USA, Canada, Holland and the Czech Republic.
Pam carries out many complex needs assessments for adults and children on behalf of
case managers and solicitors regarding long term manual handling needs.
Pam also carries out ergonomic work station assessments and advises on injury
management in the workplace and has written and launched a new Manual Handling Risk Management course, which she presents exclusively around the UK on behalf of Physio
First, the organisation for Chartered Physiotherapists in private practice of which she is
She participated in the review and updating of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Manual Handling Guidance as part of the External Review Group in 2008.
Pam has recently had an article published in the Journal for Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice entitled “Manual Handling Safety for Physiotherapy Practitioners: a
balanced consideration”. She has written an article “Assuring Patient Dignity during
Patient Handling Tasks” that is awaiting publication in the US journal Rehabilitation
Pam contributed as an author to the 6th Edition of the Guide to the Handling of People published in February 2011. She wrote the chapter on “Training Standards, a Systems Approach”. This is the gold standard text book used as the most appropriate source of reference in many cases.
Pam was the Commissioning Editor of “Column” the professional journal for National Back Exchange and lead it’s peer review team for 4 years until October 2011 when she became
its Managing Editor.
Since October 2009 she has been working for Work Fit Ltd, an Occupational and Physiotherapy Services company, as a Director and their National Training Manager.
Pam is the author of many expert reports, both regarding long term manual handling
needs, and in cases of personal injury as a result of an alleged manual handling
incidents. She has written reports for both the defendant and the claimant. Pam has also appeared in court on a few occasions when these cases have not settled. Pam is listed on
the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists approved list of experts and is also on the UK register of Expert Witnesses.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses
Member of Medico-Legal Group of Chartered Physiotherapists
Member of the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice
Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics
Member of National Back Exchange
Pamela Simpson (Nee Rose)
Moving & Handling Consultant