Moving and Handling People in Health and Social Care

Also known as CSTF Patient Moving and Handling Level 2

Moving and Handling People in Health and Social Care
£20 +VAT

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.

  • Developed in partnership with health and social care experts
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Skills for Health accredited and Skills for Care endorsed training provider
  • Aligned to the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

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.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 2 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital

High Speed Training was the very first training provider to be awarded the prestigious Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital. Skills for Health is the UK’s Sector Skills Council for Health, responsible for informing national policy, maintaining the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) and championing the entire UK healthcare workforce.

The Skills for Health Quality Mark Digital demonstrates exceptional, quality assured learning and development. Meaning that our training processes have met rigorous quality assurance assessment and nationally recognised expectations of the UK health sector.

Skills for Care Endorsed Training Provider

Learn more about our Skills for Care endorsed training provider.

We're proud to be officially endorsed by Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development in social care in England and a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Skills for Care endorsement is a trusted quality mark only awarded to the best learning and development providers within the social care sector.

Care England National Care Forum Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland Member

Our Commitment to Health and Social Care

High Speed Training has supported thousands of Health and Social Care workers in gaining accredited certificates to help them deliver safe and effective care. We best serve care providers by committing to being at the forefront of sector issues, policy and legislation, ensuring our training is up-to-date, comprehensive and meaningful.

As part of our commitment to Health and Social Care, we have worked hard to build partnerships with authorities and leading bodies, including Care England, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), and the National Care Forum (NCF).

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Course content

1Introduction 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.

2Risk 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.

3Safe 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.

4Types 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.

5Moving 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.

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Aims of the course

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.


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.