Moving and Handling of People – Refresher

Location: Rochester Community Hub



Course aim:

To provide staff working in Health and Social Care with a refresher course on the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to carry out their jobs in a safe and effective manner whilst complying with current legislation

Target audience:

This course is suitable for all staff working in the Health & Social Care sector who are involved with the safe handling of people with and without the use of equipment. This course will update their awareness of the legislation, regulations, risk assessment process and principles of moving and handling.

Course content:

• Introduction, registration welcome and housekeeping
• Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
• Employers’ & employees’ duties
• Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
• Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
• Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
• Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
• What is Manual Handling
• Royal College of Nursing Guidelines
• Unsafe Practice
• Anatomy of the spine
• How Injuries Occur
• Principles of Manual Handling
• Risk Assessment
• Safeguarding
• Mental Capacity Act 2005
• Balanced decision making
• Ergonomics
• Larger People

Learning objectives:

On completion of the training, successful candidates will have:
• An awareness of the relevant Health & Safety legislation
• An awareness of the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine
• An awareness of how back injuries are caused
• Identified the principles of safer Moving & Handling of people with mobility problems
• An awareness of the process of Risk Assessment and its relevance to them
• Practical session – using safe techniques to support people to mobilise/transfer, with and without equipment

Teaching and Assessment:

The course combines tutorials and demonstrations with student centred methods such as discussions, group work, question and answer sessions.


A certificate of competence will be awarded on successful completion of the course. This will be valid for 1 year.

Course Duration: Half Day (4 hours)

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