Postural care

Using the right equipment and positioning techniques to help protect and restore body shape

The Postural Care Action Group has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of good postural care for thousands of people with multiple disabilities.

The group is made up of organisations including; Mencap, PAMIS, Postural Care Skills, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the College of Occupational Therapists and the Royal College of Nursing.

What is postural care?

People who find it hard to move are most at risk of developing body shape distortions. This is because they often sit and lie in limited positions.

Postural care is about using the right equipment and positioning techniques to help protect and restore body shape. The earlier the intervention, the better - but it is never too late to start protecting someone's body shape.

Why is postural care important?

Failure to protect body shape can have serious consequences for a person’s health and quality of life. It can even cause premature death.

What do we want?

We want to challenge the assumption that distortion of body shape is inevitable for people with multiple disabilities. We also want all people with multiple disabilities to get the support they need to protect their body shape, 24 hours a day.

What can you do?

Everyone who supports someone with multiple disabilities or commissions services for them needs to know about postural care. You can help spread the word. The materials below will help you to do this:

You can order copies of the booklet and the film from publications at Mencap:

Phone: 020 7696 6900.

About the Postural Care Action Group

The Postural Care Action Group is a group of organisations and individuals working to raise awareness about the importance of protecting body shape. It includes:


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
The College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
Inclusion North
Partners in Policymaking
Postural Care Skills
Potential Futures
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Simple Stuff Works
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)


Janet Cobb - independent consultant
Elspeth Dixon - parent, and learning disability specialist physiotherapist
John and Liz Goldsmith
Bas Jansen - physiotherapist
Mike and Julie Ormian - family carers
Rebecca Ormian - PMLD champion


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