Moving and Handling People in Health and Social Care

Also known as CSTF Patient Moving and Handling Level 2

Duration 2-3 hours

Last audited 10th February 2023

CPD Approved Skills for Care Approved
Moving and Handling People in Health and Social Care
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  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • 1 learner per course

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

£25 +VAT

include vat

Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

If you work in health and social care, it is likely you will have to move or handle people as part of your role. Often this will involve the use of specialist equipment such as sliding aids, hoists, slings and handling belts. It is important that you carry out moving and handling activities safely and correctly to prevent the risk of injuries to yourself or others.

This course will provide you with the information and guidance you need to move and position service users safely, and in a way that promotes their independence, dignity and functional mobility. It will also teach about the importance of risk assessments and the potential hazards involved, along with the key legislation relevant to moving and handling. 

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed in partnership with health and social care experts

Accredited by CPD

Skills for Care endorsed training provider

Aligned to the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)

What you'll learn

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand safe approaches for moving and positioning individuals that promote their independence, dignity and functional mobility.
  • Be aware of the normal movement patterns of people and the role of anatomy and physiology when moving and handling.
  • Understand how to use person-centred risk assessments to determine safer patient handling techniques that minimise risk, using the multidisciplinary team where appropriate.
  • Be aware of the potential risks associated with poor practice, including injury to the patient or carer.
  • Know about the different types of moving equipment which may be required and how to use them safely.
  • Understand your role and the role of others, as well as when to seek advice or assistance when moving or positioning individuals.
  • Be aware of relevant legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures relating to assisting and moving.

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Module 1: Introduction to Moving and Handling People

Key principles involved in assisting and moving people, employer and employee responsibilities, legislation and guidelines and support available to facilitate good practice.

Module 2: Risk Management

Understanding risk assessments, awareness of skeletal fragility, moving and handling risk factors, controlling the risk factors, common moving and handling injuries, reviewing and updating risk assessments.

Module 3: Safe Practice

Importance of communication between staff and service user, principles of safe moving and handling, ergonomic approach and its importance, human movement patterns and approaches that promote dignity and independence.

Module 4: Types of Equipment

Introduction to moving and handling equipment, preparatory checks, electric profiling beds, bed rails, hoists and slings, slide sheets, wheelchairs, turning aids, commodes, shower chairs, bath seats, handling belts and transfer boards.

Module 5: Moving and Handling Techniques

Key things to remember, controversial techniques, assisted sitting, assisted standing, assisted walking, lying to sitting, rolling a service user in bed, repositioning using slide sheets, a fallen service user, dressing and getting into a vehicle.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 30 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

This online course is suitable for anybody whose role involves patient handling activities within a health and social care setting, such as those working in a care home, nursing home, hospice, day centre, primary care centre or home care setting. This includes paid, unpaid and voluntary staff.

If your role involves load handling of inanimate objects then our Manual Handling Awareness course may also be appropriate.

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