Moving and Handling of People (Inc. Hoists)

Location: Rochester Community Hub



Ideal for carers, personal assistants and/or family members

Course Aim

To provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to undertake manual and handling tasks during the course of their work, or role as informal carer in a safe and effective manner and within the current legislative context.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for carers who are:

  • Employed as domiciliary carers undertaking Moving and Handling tasks in people’s own homes
  • Residential and Nursing home carers, who hoist people as part of their role
  • Informal carers for a family member who requires or is likely to require hoisting
  • Employed as Personal Assistants under Self Directed Support, who are required to hoist people as part of their role
  • Managers (Care Agency/RH/NH) responsible for establishing and ensuring safe systems of work within their teams/workplace

This course is suitable for new carers as part of their induction to the Moving and Handling of people, as well as practising carers who wish to consolidate their knowledge and skills to build good, evidence-based practice.

Course Content

  • Awareness of the benefits of reflective, person-centred practice
  • Overview of current legislation relating to the Moving and Handling of people
  • Risk Assessment – identifying and reporting risks
  • Awareness of controversial or high risk handling techniques
  • Biomechanics of the spine, causes and prevention of back pain and injury
  • Principles of safer MH
  • Practice of techniques and use of handling equipment, including hoists

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course participants will have:

  • An understanding of the benefits of reflective practice and a person-centred and enabling approach
  • An awareness of relevant legislation related to the MH of people and it’s application in practice
  • A good understanding of the importance of, and the factors involved in risk assessment, including the identification and reporting of risk using TILEEO (Task, Individual, Load, Environment, Equipment, Other)
  • An understanding of the biomechanics of the spine and the prevention of sudden or cumulative back pain and injury
  • An understanding of the principles of safer Moving and Handling of people, including risk reduction strategies
  • Practiced safer Moving and Handling principles and techniques including using hoists and handling aids/equipment

Course Certification

A certificate of attendance will be awarded on completion of the course; this will be sent to your workplace
The National Back Exchange (NBE) recommends annual training for individuals’ whose work involves the handling of people. All training should be followed by on the job supervision and evaluation

Course Duration

This is a 1 day course.

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