Course Profile

Course Profile: Moving and Handling of People & Loads (1 Day)
The course is designed for workers who are required to assist and move people and/or objects while at work.
Participants will understand the legal requirements and recommended guidance relating to the subject. They will learn the principles of good back care, moving and handling techniques and the use of relevant handling equipment. The course will provide a theoretical framework on how the body works and how we can look after it, but the main focus will be on how this information can be applied to “real-life” situations.
Learners will be encouraged to share their experience and to participate in using equipment and techniques in line with The Handling of People (6th edition) and other relevant legislation.
The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England, supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 3.2, HWB5.2
The Care Certificate: Standard 13.3
QCF: HSC 027, 2002, 2028, 037
The course is designed for front line health & support workers in all settings. Due to the practical nature of the course attendance is limited to 12.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • The importance of good back care-Injury related statistics
  • The functions of the spine and musculo-skeletal system
  • What is ‘top heavy’ movement and cumulative strain
  •  The importance of good posture and good back care, including stretching
  • The legal requirements and recommended guidance relating to lifting/moving of people and objects:
  •       The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
          The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (L.O.L.E.R.) 1998
          The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations (P.U.W.E.R) 1998
          An update of Manual Handling legislation with reference to The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002)
  • How to apply Risk Assessment to the work situation, looking at:
  • the task                
    the person/load
    the environment
    individual capability
  • Ergonomic solutions
  • The principles of moving and handling techniques:
          -How to assist a person to stand
          -How to assist a person with walking
          -Pulling and pushing a wheelchair
          -How to lift a load
  • Appropriate care practice when Moving and Handling e.g. demonstrating respect and ensuring dignity
  • What small handling aids and equipment are available
  • How to use handling aids and equipment in practical situations
  • The typical Manual Handling challenges that present at work
  • A range of strategies to help resolve these problems
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, OHP/PowerPoint, Large Group Work, Demonstration, Practical sessions, Handouts, Chalk & Talk, Small Group Work.
Participants are advised to wear trousers and flat shoes.