People Moving People

Safe Manual Handling in Care


The overriding aim of the course is to invigorate trainers who deliver training around the handling of people in care, ensuring they are up to date and compliant with current legislation and guidance.
Perhaps more importantly, however, we also revisit how we are all delivering the course and ensuring fresh and effective training.

Who should attend?

Nurses, Carers – even Managers – all make manual handling trainers, but then again so do those given a role extension (for instance administrators, domestic staff and maintenance teams). Anyone who needs the training is welcome.

Course Duration:

This is a 3 Day course which embeds a sound knowledge of safely moving people, balanced with the essential requirements of teaching adults in and out of the classroom.

Course Progression:

Academic progression in Manual Handling instruction is suitable for both diploma and degree level. Often, participants choose to diversify as well as progress into other subjects such as health and safety, or First Aid.

The qualification itself is a platform for nurses to use their occupational competence in delivering in-house health and social care training, on any subject they feel able to.

Key Content:

Our 3 days together will revolve around the delivery of a core manual handling of people course that can be learned, developed and adapted to suit its audience.

After introductions and housekeeping, on Day 1 we break the delivery of the course down into its core modules, essentially experiencing the delivery of the People Moving People session, and forming a framework for the learning to come:

Exploring Manual Handling Statistics & Workplace Culture

Beginning with an exploration of Manual Handling Statistics and what they tell us about Workplace Culture, this fascinating realm of human factors has a particular focus on health and social care.

Detailing Current Health & Safety/Manual Handling Legislation

Health and safety culture is perhaps the most myth-laden element of our working lives. Our task is to turn that into something engaging and relevant, which directly communicates what makes effective training. 

We also tackle ways of detailing current health and safety legislation, as it relates to manual handling.

Essential Anatomy & Physiology of the Spine

In some ways, the more you know about the complex intricacies of the human body, the less you may feel you understand about the human body itself! We look at ways of making essential anatomy and physiology easy and memorable, as well as relevant to the risks we face in everyday manual handling.

After Lunch, the afternoon of day 1 is dedicated to the hands-on challenge of delivering the ‘physical’ content – the how to move people in a care environment.

Again, we combine the experience of student and trainer. Firstly, we assess any pre-course medical concerns, past medical history, and actual injuries that delegates may have brought to the session. We also explore common pitfalls and how to ensure correct recording and documentation.

At the end of the sessions, delegates will have demonstrated the delivery of practical training.

Instruction in/demonstration of, assisting a service user to:

  • Move safely to the edge of their seat.
  • Stand from a seated position.
  • Sit safely from a standing position.
  • Move/transfer using a handling belt.
  • Transfer from or to a bed/chair/wheelchair using a transfer board.
  • Use a turntable to pivot/transfer.
  • Walk safely with support.
  • Move/transfer following a stroke.
  • Move to the floor safely in the event of collapse.
  • Transfer from or to a bed/chair/wheel chair using a hoist.
  • Transfer to or from a bed/chair/wheelchair using a slide sheet.

The session ends looking at ‘trouble shooting’ areas of patient handling that can provide us with challenges.

Day 1 ends with a recap of our session so far and a brief on the initial homework assignment for the course.

The morning of Day 2 takes as its’ theme: ‘What makes a good teacher?’. Here, we take on the first 3 modules of the Education and Teaching Award:

  1. Roles and responsibilities of the Teacher/trainer
  2. Examining Learning Styles
  3. Training: session Planning and Preparation for effective training

In the afternoon we return to the practical elements of the course. We take a detailed look at each component of moving people, in combination with risk-assessing the person in our care and the role of the care plan.

As a team, we begin to focus on demonstrating and modelling the correct, safe methods of moving techniques.

At this point, we also begin teaming people up and recognising group dynamics as they might apply to a session.

After a recap of the earlier session, delegates are given their assignment for micro-teaching on Day 3 and who they are working with. Each pair or small group will deliver a short, 10-minute training session on one of the core elements of the practical. Each team will demonstrate, for example, how to stand a person, transfer them using a hoist, or alter their position using a slide sheet.

On Day 3 we return to the teacher’s toolkit on the morning of the third day, looking in detail at:

4. Training delivery: styles and communication

5. Assessment in practice.

The session before lunch is dedicated to preparing for the requirements of the afternoon’s micro-teaching sessions. Delegates firm-up their allocated practical demonstration in their designated pair or small group.

Lunch time and the first hour of the afternoon are given to delegates as additional preparation time. They put together an outline of their session, practice the practical elements, and then formalise it into their own lesson plan.

After a break, each group or pair is assigned a 20-minute time slot to deliver their session. After this they will receive initial instructor feedback, followed by peer-review/group feedback from other delegates.

The 3-day course is accompanied by an assignment to complete, along with a course workbook. Both of these are to be completed and submitted for final marking within 28 days of the end of the course. Marking criteria and time limits will be detailed in the final session.

We close the course with an initial evaluation and discussion about the course itself. Delegates are also encouraged to keep in touch with each other – and us – to provide on-going support and training resources.

Course bookings please call: 07734 847 807