About The DSE Partnership

The origins of The DSE Partnership were founded in 2005 by qualified osteopath and business entrepreneur Tim Hanwell.

Meet the team

All The DSE Partnership’s team are fully-trained osteopaths, having trained at the British School of Osteopathy and completed post-graduate courses in DSE assessments.
Tim Hanwell leads The DSE Partnership and is expert in musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive strain injury (RSI) and pain and injury associated with sitting. Tim developed our one-to-one and online DSE risk assessments to help businesses improve employees’ working posture.
David Annett looks after our assessments in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Lancashire. He holds a degree in osteopathy and a degree in ergonomics. With more than 15 years’ post-qualification experience, he also runs regular DSE assessment training courses at the British School of Osteopathy.
Laura Clark. With a passion for workstation ergonomics and over 17 years in the industry, Laura carries out one to one workstation assessments, closely supporting and assisting companies.  Laura ensures the staff member is set up correctly at their workstation promoting safe posture.  Aspects such as the desk, chair, environment, equipment positioning and breaks are looked at in detail, followed by a report outlining the findings for the companies records. A comfortable employee can provide a boost in morale, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.

Benefits of our work

Better posture can help reduce musculoskeletal symptoms such as back pain, neck pain and RSI. It can improve team performance, accuracy and efficiency. And ultimately, reduce staff absenteeism whilst increasing morale.

It all makes perfect sense. Happy employees means less sickness and sick pay, fewer sick days and saved time and costs on hiring and administration. The figures speak for themselves…


Back pain

  • A 2000 survey revealed that 49 per cent of the UK adult population reported low back pain lasting at least 24 hours at some time in the year (source: Backcare)
  • Estimates suggest that four out of every five adults will have back pain at some point in their life (source: Backcare)

Neck pain

  • Two out of three people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives (source: Patient.co.uk)

DSE risk assessments: find out more

Want to know more about DSE risk assessments? Please contact our friendly, experienced team for advice.

If you’re looking to make changes in your work environment, The DSE Partnership can also help you access the latest online ergonomic furniture and accessories for your business, through our partners at office design consultancy Officeworks.