Moving and Handling of People (Inc. Hoists)

Location: Rochester Community Hub


Course Aim

The aim of this course is to provide Personal Assistants and Carers in the Home with the necessary knowledge and skills required in the moving and handling of people.  It aims to support them to be able to carry out their jobs in a safe and effective manner whilst providing an appropriate standard of care for their client and complying with current legislation.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for all Personal Assistants and Carers in the Home who provide social care support to clients in their own homes and who as part of their role are required to undertake safe moving and handling of people with and without the use of equipment. This course will provide learners with the knowledge and skills required of the legislation, regulations, risk assessment process and principles of moving and handling.

Course Contents

  • Background to the Direct Payment Scheme
  • Rights of the individual
  • The importance of safe load movement
  • Risk Assessment – what it is.
  • Manual Handling risk assessment – what it is.
  • How to identify manual handling hazards and the risk from those hazards.
  • How to identify control methods.
  • Biomechanics of the spine and the causes of back injury and back pain.
  • Understanding Client Needs and Assessment
  • Object Handling Techniques
  • Hoist and Sling Techniques
  • Client Handling Techniques – practical session covering:
    • Floor to chair – unaided and aided
    • Transfer wheelchair – chair/commode
    • Transfer chair/commode – wheelchair
    • Repositioning in chair
    • Aiding client to walk
    • Transfer wheelchair to car
    • Transfer car – wheelchair
    • Emergency situation – client on floor

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the background of the Direct Payment scheme (Personalised Budgets) and how this relates to
    being employed directly as a Personal Assistant
  • Understand their rights as an employee with regards to insurances
  • Understand the importance of safe moving and handling
  • Move and handle their clients in a way which ensures the safety of themselves and their client
  • Move and handle their client in a way, which protects the dignity of their client
  • Understand the legal requirements of moving and handling of people for their employer and for themselves
    as employees.
  • Understand importance of handling plans and using of handling plans as part of their practice and understand the Supplier’s legal duties of the maintenance of equipment.
  • Understand the anatomy of the spine, types of injury and causes of pain
  • Understand ergonomics in relation to the moving and handling of people
  • Understand the principles of moving and handling safely in the context of care within a client’s home environment
  • Identify and manage potential obstacles and challenges that may arise by working within a client’s home environment
  • Understanding of factors to consider when completing a risk assessment and when to request a review or a new Manual Handling Assessment.
  • Practiced techniques of moving and handling people safely including; how to assist with safe bed and chair transfers by one or two PA’s, use of mobile and ceiling track hoists and a range of different slings, use of stand aid hoists and use of slide sheets.
  • Understand the importance of good documentation and identifying own learning needs.
  • Understand the importance of Continuing Professional Development and networking with other Personal Assistants in order to share best practice

Course Assessment

The course combines tutorials and demonstrations with learner centred methods such as discussions, group work, question and answer sessions.

Course Certification

Upon successful completion of the course learners will be awarded a certificate of attendence.  The certificate is valid for 1 year.

Course Duration

This is a 1 day course.

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