Moving and Handling People

Moving & Handling People

Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Did you know that 192,000 workers in Britain sustained a work-related injury in 2016/2017? (LRS) and 31% of these injuries were new musculoskeletal disorders contributing to 35% of the working days lost due to ill health.

The HSE states that:

The moving and handling of people is a regular task in health and social care, which if not done safely, can cause serious injury to service users and staff. Poor moving and handling practice can lead to:

  • Back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, which can lead to the inability to work
  • Moving and handling accidents – which can injure both the person being moved and the employee
  • Discomfort and a lack of dignity for the person being moved

Guidance from the Royal College of Nursing, the College of Occupational Therapy, the Welsh Manual Handling Passport Scheme, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Care Standards Act 2002 and the Health and Safety Executive recommends that update training in client handling is required at least on an annual basis.

In summary, employers should have:

  • Safer patient handling policies
  • Risk management processes
  • Regular staff training

The Moving and Handling People course is designed for:

  • Anyone involved in moving and handling activities
  • New employees in the care sector
  • Existing members of staff who need to complete mandatory training or to update skills and knowledge

Upon successful completion of this training, candidates will be equipped with a background and understanding of how to reduce risks and hazards and use mobility equipment safely.

What’s more, employers can book this course for their employees and rest assured that not only have they fulfilled their legal responsibility but that this training will provide employees with the knowledge and skills to work safely and provide evidence to demonstrate compliance with CQC key lines of enquires and Ofsted requirements.

What's Covered?

  • Awareness of Legislation including Health and Safety at Work Act, PUWER, LOLER, Manual Handling Regulations Operations (1992)
  • Duties and Responsibilities of Employer and Employee
  • Anatomy of the spine and basic principles of back care
  • Risk Assessment including reporting
  • Reducing risk and removing hazards
  • Safe use of correct equipment including hoists, profile beds, slings, slide sheets, standing equipment etc
  • Practice sessions and guidance
  • Ability assessment


This course can be delivered as a 3-hour refresher/awareness course. The certification displaying the course content will demonstrate how National Occupational Standards have been met.

“Fun and enjoyable training. Was good to practice on real beds, hoists and slide sheets etc. Opportunity to ask lots of questions. Trainer knowledgeable and friendly.”

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