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Patient Moving & Handling Training

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Course overview:
This intensive course is designed to provide trainees with the skills, knowledge and attitude to carry out basic Patient moving and handling techniques for a range of scenarios commonly found in caring environments.

Target Audience:
The course is targeted at those required to carry out patient moving and handling techniques as part of a caring role.

Entry requirements:
This course is presented in English combined with the use of some visual aids and training props to clarify areas being discussed. As such a reasonable standard of oral and written English comprehension is required. (Reasonable accommodation may be afforded to those whose first language is not English in the form of extra time to complete tests and additional explanation of physical skills where required)

Patient Moving & Handling Course Duration: 1 day (8 hours incl lunch) 9.00am to 5.00pm

Maximum number of candidates on the Patient Moving & Handling course: 8

Trainees are advised to dress in clothing that is suited to the physical nature of the activities being carried out. (eg: flat enclosed shoes, trousers, loose fitting clothing that allows freedom of movement)

Venue Requirements: A room of suitable size to accommodate the group being trained to allow freedom of movement during theory and execution of moves during practical sessions. (Complete with tables and chairs)

  • Adequately lit, heated and ventilated
  • Power sockets * 2 (220V)
  • A wall surface suitable to display PowerPoints
  • A suitably certified hoist and sling
  • A suitably certified profiling bed & wheelchair
  • Any equipment on which additional training is required. (Trainer to be advised of such requirements in advance of training day)
Trainees are required to carry out manual handling and patient moving and handling techniques as part of the course and final assessments. As such a reasonable standard of fitness / flexibility is required. Candidates are asked to declare themselves to be physically fit to participate prior to undergoing assessment.

Specific information regarding previous injuries or conditions is not required, however, should a trainee highlight the presence of any condition / injury that could impair their ability to participate then they may be requested to provide a certificate from a qualified medical practitioner simply stating that they are fit to participate.

Patient Moving & Handling Course Outline;

  • Unit 1: Patient Manual Handling Legislation – Relevant parts of the SHWWA 2005 and Gen Apps 2007
  • Unit 2: Anatomy – Relevant components of the body explored to develop an understanding of the mechanisms through which injury occurs
  • Unit 3: Personal Back Care – How forces generated by everyday patient moving & handling activities can affect the body
  • Unit 4: Exercise and Nutrition – Stresses the importance of appropriate exercise and nutrition in carrying out patient moving and handling tasks and maintaining a healthy body
  • Unit 5: Risk assessment and Ergonomics – Personal risk assessment technique for patient moving and handling
  • Unit 6: Mechanical Equipment – Evaluation of the pros and cons of various mechanical aids used in manual / patient moving and handling
  • Unit 7: Lifting Safely – Explanation and application of the principles of safe manual handling and safe patient moving & handling


The above will be followed by a brief overview and discussion of the importance of promoting client independence and effective communication between patient moving handlers and clients in people handling.

Practical Skills Covered;

  • Lifting From ground level
  • Carrying of a load
  • Uploading to a shelf or bench
  • Pushing and pulling of a load (generally carried out using a wheelchair)
  • Two person manual handling
  • Patient roll (on a profiling bed at waist level)
  • Sliding sheet (used up and down in a bed)
  • Assisted sitting of a patient on a bed
  • Assist to the side of a bed
  • Assisted stand (from both a bed and chair, only one of which is used for assessment)
  • Walking a client
  • Use of a hoist and sling (portable full body or sit to stand)

Other specific skills may be covered, but such requests may have an effect on overall patient moving and handling course duration. (eg use of a banana board and other such equipment)

Assessment Criteria
Trainees are required to complete a written examination relating to theory covered and must successfully carry out a selection of skills outlined above.
Due to the variety of methods that are deemed to be acceptable practice when carrying out a client move, trainers may require clarification from a senior member of staff regarding workplace practice prior to commencing a patient moving and handling course. It is therefore advisable to include contact details for such a contact on course confirmation being submitted.

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