19 March 2019

What to expect from a moving and handling course

Working within healthcare and social care settings often involves moving, lifting, or otherwise manually handling the people within your care. With this in mind, our moving and handling training programme was designed to educate participants regarding both the requirements and risks associated with manual handling. 

At Newcross, healthcare staff are required to undertake practical moving and handling training prior to their start date. This means that by the time they're caring for our service users they have all the skills they need. Training may be undertaken through “in house” training with Newcross or may be undertaken elsewhere but the course date must be within the last 12 months of starting work.

Safe moving and handling require healthcare assistants to know the correct procedures for moving adults and children without causing injury to either themselves or the person they are supporting.

This includes learning to use hoists and other aids and being aware of the legislation surrounding moving and handling. Training may include moving & handling of patients or general moving & handling training. 

The moving and handling training programme consist of both theory and practical elements including:

  • Legislation
  • Manual Handling definition
  • Causes of injury (spinal awareness)
  • Ergonomics and principals of safe Manual Handling
  • Hazard Reporting o Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Client Load handling criteria
  • Choice of equipment (POL 318A) Moving and Handling Policy (Homecare and Complex Care Services). V1.4 Updated 31.07.17 Page 3 of 8
  • Communicating with patients and co-workers
  • Practical safe handling techniques

Current moving and handling course learning outcomes

  • Understand the basic legislation of the manual handling operations regulations 1992, and the employer and employee duties of these.
  • To learn how to use (E)LITE as a tool for a risk assessment.
  • To understand the basic functions of the Spine. To learn effective moving principles
  • To understand hazards associated with manual handling, common back injuries and appropriate back care.
  • Discuss controversial techniques and the outcomes of poor practice
  • To learn and demonstrate safer people handling techniques.
  • To identify the different type of manual handling equipment and its correct usage.

You can learn more about our clinical courses, here.