Safer Moving and Handling – People

Course overview

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. It is essential that you know about safe moving and handling so you don’t hurt yourself or others. Through continual assessment by the Tutor, the learner will refresh and develop skills to enable them to meet their legal requirements and assist their employer to remain compliant.

This practical based course is role specific to allow development of personal skills and attributes.

Who should attend?

This refresher course is for all employees with responsibility for moving and handling of clients.

What will I learn?

On successful completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate that they are able to:

  • Describe and apply the safe and correct manual handling techniques and equipment for social care activities/support with customers
  • Describe and apply legislation, policy and procedures for identifying, assessing and controlling manual handling risks
  • Describe and apply ergonomic principles and capabilities in social care activities/support to prevent or minimise injury to self, co-workers and customers.
  • Identify hazards and risks within their workplace relating to moving and handling

What will it cover?

  • Legislation: HASAWA 1974; MHOR 1992; LOLER 1998; PUWER 1998; RIDDOR 2013; SVGA 2006.
  • General statistics related to Manual Handling
  • The Spine and its functions/Back care
  • Controversial Handling Techniques
  • Balanced decision making (East Sussex Case)
  • The Safe Principles of Manual Handling
  • The Falling Service User (NAS Safer Handling of People Policy)
  • Risk Assessments
  • Problem solving/Case studies
  • Practical: Hoists; Slings; Slide Sheets; Wheelchair manoeuvres; Sam Hall turner; Solo turner; Handling belt; Transfer boards; Zimmer frames; Mobilising techniques
  • Quiz covering course content


1 day

Maximum number of delegates


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