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The Ultimate Event for Healthcare Professionals is happening on the 3rd October 2017 at the Pavilions of Harrogate. What’s more, Healthcare Professionals can attend for free!

Be inspired, expand your horizons, and learn the latest in the healthcare industry.

Why Attend YORTRAIN GOLD 2017?

  • Learn from the experts — YORTRAIN sessions are taught by the best in our industry and you’ll attend sessions that are directly related to the job you do.
  • You’ll be inspired to come up with even better solutions for your clients — You’ll be exposed to new ways of thinking about care and see some of the newest, boundary-pushing ideas out there.
  • It will help you to become more productive — You’ll be able to get hands-on with healthcare equipment, to learn new tools, techniques and workflows that streamline your tasks and you’ll learn from real-world case studies of success.
  • You’ll learn more about the healthcare industry — At YORTRAIN GOLD 2017 we’ll be exploring ideas around how the development of new ideas in healthcare is changing the world, and the role that we can all play in this.
  • You’ll learn from colleagues — YORTRAIN delegates come from organisations from all over the country. You’ll be able to exchange ideas and get solutions to the challenges you’re facing and the issues you’re dealing with as an organisation.
  • Receive your YORTRAIN Certificate – at the end of the course, you’ll receive a YORTRAIN GOLD Event Certificate, which can be kept safe as proof of your learning development.

Watch Some of the Highlights from Last Year

Watch the video of some of the highlights from YORTRAIN GOLD 2016 below, and find out what people said about last year’s event.


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Interesting Facts from Last Year’s Event

97% voted last year’s event as good or excellent

91% voted last year’s catering as good or excellent

The Agenda

The day will be packed full of useful information, with keynote full-audience presentations, smaller hands-on training sessions, and plenty of opportunities to network, try out equipment, and get answers to your questions. Registration will open at 9am, with the first speech at 10am. The day will finish at 4pm.

Please note that this agenda is subject to change, so keep checking this page for updates!

9.00 am Refreshments, Registration, & Networking 1 hour
10.00 am Introduction Speeches 10 mins
10.10 am “The importance of therapists and the importance of getting the right equipment”

Baroness Masham of Ilton

Drawing on her experiences after her riding accident in 1958, Baroness Masham will help get us into the right mindset for our day ahead, and will remind us why we do what we do.

10 mins
10.20 am “A Double Edge Sword: Single-Handed Care from a National Perspective” – Moving and Handling Speech

Deborah Harrison, Manual Handling Advisor

Single-handed care appears to attract a “Marmite” response; meeting resistance from some stakeholders, whilst being perceived as an opportunity to assist the current care crisis by others. From work carried out in 2016, Deborah will discuss four main themes perceived as barriers to implementing successful single-handed care: education, training, collaboration, and ongoing support. She will also cover further work which has been carried out in 2017, exploring the successes and difficulties experienced by nine organisations, highlighting the need for a change in direction and a new vision for single-handed care.


1.       To discuss the common barriers to successful single-handed care implementation

2.       To identify the current need to change the single-handed care strategy

3.       To discuss key points to maximise the benefit driving the project forward

1 hour
11.20 am Effective Seating Assessments – Specialist Seating Speech

Amy Barber, Occupational Therapist & Seating Specialist

In this informative and helpful presentation, experienced OT Amy Barber will provide hints and tips for seating assessments, including:

o   How to go about the assessment

o   What you can do on site to improve posture straightaway whilst you are waiting for a chair to be delivered

o   How to get staff and carers on-board with specialist seating

o   24 hour posture care

o   Using manual handling techniques effectively to promote good posture.

45 mins
12.05 pm Lento Care Chair Announcement

Discover our vision for the future of care chairs, and see the new Lento chair in action. It’s been a number of years in the making, but you’ll see why!

5 mins
12.10pm Surprise! Introducing a revolutionary moving and handling product that could change the marketplace forever…

We’re really excited about this brand new concept, which we’ll be presenting for the first time at YORTRAIN GOLD 2017, and we think you’ll be impressed as well! As far as we’re aware, it’s a world-first. Delegates will have chance to try out and critique the product in more detail in the exhibition hall later in the day.

5 mins
12.15 pm Hot Lunch & Networking

Lunch will be served in another hall across the carpark. Delegates are welcome to get their lunch and then move across back into the Exhibition Hall.

45 mins
1.00 pm Exhibition Stands & Breakout Training Sessions

Delegates will spend an enjoyable 1 hour 45 minutes focussing on what matters to them most. There will be a huge range of equipment on display to view and try out, including specialist seating, moving & handling items, ramps, mobility products and power wheelchairs, beds, pressure relieving mattresses, specialist baths, shower chairs, toileting products, stairlifts, and the Raizer falls lifting device. There will be specialists on hand at every area to give assistance and information. There will also be three optional breakout training sessions:

·         Breakout Session 1: Moving & Handling

Simon & Julia Love, Penny Townsend – Manual Handling Advisors

This workshop will demonstrate the following, using a gantry hoist and a variety of slings:-

o   Sitting the client up in bed

o   Sitting the client on the edge of the bed

o   Undertaking therapeutic exercises to improve trunk control, co-ordination, sitting balance, upper limb activity and progressing to walking


·         Breakout Session 2: Postural Support for Function in Wheelchairs

Amy Barber – OT, Seating Specialist

This breakout session will cover postural support in seating, with particular emphasis on wheelchair seating.


·         Breakout Session 3: Getting Ramps Right

Ken Morrish, Ramping Specialist

This useful training session will address the varying access challenges that therapists and their clients are faced with; from several stone steps to the dreaded PVC threshold, using anything from crutches to a large assisted powerchair. Solutions will be both recommended and shown to delegates, whilst drawing on the presenter’s years of experience.

1 hour 45 mins
2.45 pm “Using Person Centred Connections with Dementia Patients”

Theresa McNally, Mental Health Nurse and Artist

In this speech, Theresa will outline the key points of Person Centred Connections and will discuss some of the difficulties that people who are living with Dementia might experience when building relationships with others. She will look at how a Cognitive Impairment might affect a person’s abilities to engage with physical support and interventions, and will also explore some of the more creative ways that may be drawn upon when supporting people living with this condition.

25 mins
3.10 pm “The benefits of early therapeutic manual handling using standard equipment” – Moving and Handling Speech

Simon Love & Penny Townsend, Manual Handling Advisors

This lively and engaging presentation will explore the benefits of using early therapeutic manual handling methods for the:

·         Client – in terms of bone density, skin integrity, postural tone, pain and discomfort, sensory processing issues and how effective early intervention can  improve strength, balance, co-ordination and overall function of the client.

·         Therapist – in terms of decreased risk of injury, use of standard equipment to reduce effort and improve posture during the delivery of therapy programs

·         Organisation – in terms of improving discharge times, efficient management of therapists and associated cost savings.


Those who have heard or met Simon Love or Penny Townsend at our previous training events will know that this session is one not to be missed!

45 mins
3.55 pm Final Speech 5 mins
4.00 pm Finish

The Speakers

At YORTRAIN GOLD 2017, we’ve got some fantastic speakers lined up, including some key figures in the healthcare industry, who are all experienced, knowledgeable, and inspiring!

Baroness Masham of Ilton

Disabled in a riding accident in 1958, Baroness Masham subsequently became a champion for causes related to disability. She is an active member of the House of Lords, where she is known as the Baroness Masham of Ilton, a title she holds in her own right. She takes a particular interest in issues surrounding disability, health and penal reform. She continues to run the Masham Riding Centre in Masham, North Yorkshire. In 2011, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Nursing.

Baroness Masham has competed in several Paralympic Games, winning medals for table tennis in 1960, 1964, and 1968. She is Vice President of the Snowdon Trust, founded by the Earl of Snowdon, which provides grants and scholarships for students with disabilities.

Deborah Harrison

Deborah is the Managing Director of A1 Risk Solutions, a manual handling training company that is enthusiastic about creating a compassionate workforce that safely handles service users with respect, dignity and care. Her company specialises in moving and handling and single-handed care, assisting organisations nationally to implement successful strategies and training. They have developed the only Level 4 qualification in single-handed care regulated by RoSPA. Deborah was concerned about the level of risk across the health and care sector across the UK and developed the only online video based training and risk management system in the world, which demonstrates it significantly reduces risks for both the service user and the handler.

Deborah is an honorary lecturer for the Occupational Therapy Directorate at the University of Salford, and enjoys developing the student’s skills and the future workforce.

Amy Barber

Amy has worked as an Occupational Therapist in both public and private sector roles, and over the last few years has been involved in Occupational Therapy consultancy, expert witness services, and NHS wheelchair services seating. Alongside her extensive clinical experience, Amy has also developed other management and training skills in various areas. As a key trainer for a local NHS Trust, she has recently compiled a new moving and handling training pack to deliver to the occupational therapy and rehabilitation services. She has completed training sessions to a varied background of colleagues, has delivered a lecture at Leeds University to the MSc Nursing in Rheumatology cohort presenting a piece on the evidence based practise of splinting, and has also presented to the regional consultant rheumatology seminar held in Leeds.

Amy has also completed the MSc Evidenced Based Stroke Management module offered at St John’s University and has published an article on Seating for improving function in older people in the European Geriatric Medicine Journal.

Simon Love

Simon qualified as a physiotherapist and worked in the Royal Army Medical Corps for a number of years. He is now a full-time manual handling trainer and consultant. Simon has been a member of the National Back Exchange (NBE) since 2000 and has presented at a number of national conferences, including the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), NBE conferences and the Disabled Living Foundation conference in London. Simon is currently the Chairman of the Yorkshire group of NBE, and is a regular contributor to the NBE’s quarterly journal ‘Column’.

Penny Townsend

Penny is a Paediatric Physiotherapist and Manual Handling specialist working for Kirklees Council, where she provides problem solving assessment and advice for young people with complex needs. She is an Advanced member of the National Back Exchange.

Penny has presented at national and international conferences on manual handling and paediatric disability. She is an advocate for improved handling outcomes for all involved in the moving and handling process.

Penny has had several articles published about Paediatric Manual Handling in Column, NBE’s journal. She also peer reviewed the NBE publication Manual Handling of Children (2011). Penny with the Yorkshire Back Exchange also produced the NBE leaflet Safe Manual Handling of a Wheelchair.

Julia Love

Julia is an Independent manual handling advisor providing support and training within a wide range of health, social care and educational settings. She was the co-editor of The Handling of People, 6th Edition and an author for the Practical Hoisting chapter. Julia is a well-known member of the National Back Exchange, an organisation which seeks to develop, disseminate and promote evidence based best practice in moving & handling.

Theresa McNally

Theresa McNally is a Mental Health Nurse and Artist working with Vida Healthcare as Progressive Training Manager. Her role is to provide creative and therapeutic responses to some of the difficulties faces by people living with Dementia as well as creating opportunities for joyful engagement and celebration. Theresa provides training workshops for staff and works alongside residents using Music, Arts and Puppetry. She has 20 years’ experience as a Nurse, Manager and Practitioner, using person centred non-medical approaches.

Ken Morrish

Ken Morrish has 35 years experience in different aspects of UK manufacturing, having spent the last decade in healthcare industry helping in the design and provision of dependable access solutions. With a specific interest in the blend of customer requirement, architecture and UK manufacturing he looks forward to sharing with you more about ‘Getting ramps right’.

The Venue

Like last year, this year’s YORTRAIN GOLD Event is to be held at the Pavilions of Harrogate, which is part of the famous Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. It’s easy to get to, there’s plenty of free parking, and the rooms are spacious, distinguished, and welcoming!

Venue full address: Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ


By Car:

Via A1(M):

  • From the South M1 – A1(M)
  • From the North A1(M)
  • From the East M621 – A1(M)
  • From the West M56 – M62 – A1(M)
  • Exit A1(M) at Junction 47 and follow Harrogate A59, then A658 and then A661.
  • At the traffic lights on the A661 next to the Sainsburys store, turn left into Railway Road and follow signs to Pavilions of Harrogate.

From Leeds A61 or Bradford A658:

  • At the roundabout at the junction of the two routes follow signs for York / A1 along the A658.
  • At the next roundabout take the A661 signed Harrogate.
  • At the traffic lights on the A661 next to the Sainsburys store, turn left into Railway Road and follow signs to Pavilions of Harrogate.

Satellite Navigation and Route Finders:

  • Please use the postcode HG2 8QZ, Railway Road, Harrogate.


By Bus:

  • For local buses we are on bus route No 770. For a timetable please contact Transdev Harrogate and District – Tel 01423 566061.


By Train:

  • Harrogate is located midway between Leeds and York, with regular commuter train services on the local line.
  • Pavilions of Harrogate are about 2 miles from Harrogate train station, where taxis and buses are available to complete your journey.
  • Hornbeam Park station is about 1.5 miles away, but there are no taxis available at this station without pre-booking.

The Catering

Throughout the day, we’ll be providing you with refreshments and an appetising hot lunch, all completely free of charge. There are some vegetarian options, and any other special dietary requirements can be catered for – please just put a note on your booking form and we promise you’ll be well looked after!

The lunch menu is as follows:

Main course:

  • Roast Beef and Horseradish Mayo Sandwiches
  • Roast Vegetables and Mango Chutney Sandwiches (Vegetarian/Vegan Option)
  • Tuna Mayo with Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Dip (Vegetarian Option)
  • Sesame Chicken and Honey Mustard Dip


  • Carrot Cake
  • Fruit Skewers

Book Now

This event is completely free of charge but spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Please note: This event is only open to healthcare professionals. If you are not a healthcare professional yet wish to attend, please contact us before booking.

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Event Complete

This event took place on the 3rd October 2017. For future events, please keep checking this website, or follow us on social media.

“I would definitely recommend this event to others. I learnt so much!”

C.B, Occupational Therapist

“Such a professional event, speakers were so knowledgeable and interesting, equipment on display were so good to see ” in the flesh” and came across equipment I was not aware existed, great to meet the Yorkshire Care Team and would feel confident to recommend your company if my patients are planning to purchase things privately as you seem trustworthy and knowledgeable. Thank you all very much for all the hard work you put into this event, it was fantastic.”

B.G, Occupational Therapist

“It’s a great day filled with a range of interesting speakers and interactive workshops…great networking event!”

P.T, Moving & Handling Advisor

“This is great training opportunity and relevant to all areas of practice combined with networking. Opportunity to see new innovative equipment, pick the brains of experts in their area, all locally in one day and no cost, what could be better?”

S.B, Senior Occupational Therapist