• Level 2
  • 4 -6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Moving and Handling People Training

This moving and handling people training course aims to help reduce the risk of injury to both staff members and the services user when performing people moving & handling techniques in the workplace.

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This moving and handling people training course aims to help reduce the risk of injury to both staff members and the services user when performing people moving & handling techniques in the workplace.

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Course Summary

  • Awareness of Legislation including Health and Safety at Work Act, PUWER, LOLER, Manual Handling Regulations Operations (1992)
  • Duties and Responsibilities of Employer and Employee
  • Anatomy of Spine
  • Risk Assessment using safe principles E.L.I.T.E
  • Reducing risk and removing hazards
  • Understanding R.I.D.D.O.R
  • Safe use of correct equipment
  • Knowledge of dangerous moves
  • Ability Test
  • Chair Moves to stand and chair to chair transfer
  • Slings – inserting whilst in bed/in a wheelchair
  • Hoist – bed to chair transfer

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    Where Do You Deliver The Moving & Handling People Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. We also have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room

    Who Is This Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many delegates can I have on one session?

    We will run this course for a maximum of 12 delegates – however for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert tutors, these all have a wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Moving and Handling People Training

This moving and handling people training course aims to help reduce the risk of injury to both staff members and the services user when performing people moving & handling techniques in the workplace.

The course will identify best practices and correct techniques as well as highlight bad practice and condemned moves.

The course aims to improve delegates’ knowledge of the associated legislation and regulations surrounding safer people moving & handling.

This people moving & handling training course is vital for any staff working in a care environment.

This course is also available as a half day refresher and a Train the Trainer course.

Important Note:

Your staff CANNOT learn these techniques via e-learning or distance learning training.

Course Summary: Moving and Handling People Training

The Moving and Handling People Training course teaches healthcare workers and caregivers how to move and handle individuals safely.

You’ll learn about the laws that apply to this, like the Health and Safety at Work Act. We’ll show you how to assess risks and use equipment properly.

Course Outline:

I. Awareness of Legislation including Health and Safety at Work Act, PUWER, LOLER, Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992)

In this part, you’ll learn about the laws that control moving and handling tasks.

We’ll go through the important bits of the Health and Safety at Work Act, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), and Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992).

This is to help you know your legal duties and why it’s crucial to follow them for a safe workplace.

II. Duties and Responsibilities of Employer and Employee

Participants will learn about the duties and responsibilities of both employers and employees in relation to people moving and handling.

This includes understanding the importance of providing appropriate moving and transferring training, maintaining a safe working environment, and actively participating in risk assessments and safe handling practices. Emphasis will be placed on the collaborative effort required to promote the health and safety of all individuals involved.

III. Anatomy of the Spine

This section will provide participants with an overview of the anatomy of the spine and the potential risks associated with improper manual handling techniques.

They will learn about the structure and function of the spine, common injuries that can occur during moving and handling activities.

In addition, they will learn the importance of maintaining proper alignment and posture to minimise the risk of injury during the practical moving and handling training.

IV. Risk Assessment using safe principles E.L.I.T.E

Participants will be introduced to the concept of risk assessment and its role in promoting safe moving and handling practices.

They will learn about the E.L.I.T.E principles (Environment, Load, Individual, Task, Equipment) as a framework for conducting comprehensive risk assessments. Practical Moving and Handling examples and case studies will be used to demonstrate how these principles can be applied in different scenarios.

V. Reducing Risk and Removing Hazards

In this section, participants will explore strategies for reducing risks and removing hazards associated with moving and handling people.

They will learn about ergonomic considerations, such as the proper height of work surfaces, the use of assistive devices, and the importance of clear pathways and unobstructed areas. Participants will also discover how to identify potential hazards and take appropriate actions to eliminate or minimize them.

VI. Understanding R.I.D.D.O.R

Participants will familiarize themselves with the acronym R.I.D.D.O.R, which stands for Repositioning, Individual, Disability, Duration, Outcome, and Review. This framework will guide participants in understanding the individual needs of the person being moved and handled, taking into account:

  • their specific disabilities,
  • the duration of the task, the desired outcome,
  • and the importance of regular reviews and adjustments to the moving and handling plan.

VII. Safe Use of Correct Equipment

Participants will learn about the different types of equipment commonly used in moving and handling people, such as hoists, slings, and chairs.

They will gain practical knowledge on how to safely use this equipment. This includes proper setup, fitting of slings, and the correct operation of hoists.

We will place emphasis on following manufacturer guidelines, understanding weight limits, and conducting pre-use checks to ensure equipment is in proper working condition

VIII. Knowledge of Dangerous Moves

This section will focus on identifying and avoiding dangerous moves during moving and handling activities. Participants will learn about specific moves that may pose a risk to both the person being moved and the caregiver.

They will explore alternative techniques and strategies to safely perform tasks and minimize the risk of injury.

IX. Ability Test

Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and competence in moving and handling people through an ability test.

This practical assessment will allow them to showcase their skills in a controlled environment, applying the knowledge and techniques learned throughout the training.

X. Chair Moves to Stand and Chair to Chair Transfer

Participants will learn the specific techniques and considerations involved in moving a person from a seated position to standing. This also includes practical manual handling training  (transferring them from one chair to another).

They will practice these maneuvers using safe and effective methods, taking into account the individual’s abilities and any specific requirements.

XI. Slings – Inserting While in Bed/In a Wheelchair

This section will focus on the safe and proper use of slings for moving and handling people who are in bed or seated in a wheelchair.

Participants will learn how to correctly insert and position slings, ensuring comfort and security for the individual being moved.

They will also understand the importance of communication and cooperation between the caregiver and the person being moved.

XII. Hoist – Bed to Chair Transfer

Participants will gain hands-on experience in using a hoist for transferring a person from a bed to a chair. They will learn how to safely operate the hoist, position the sling, and execute the transfer while maintaining the individual’s dignity and safety.

We will emphasize proper communication and coordination to ensure a smooth and secure transfer.

By completing this training course, you will learn important things to help you do these tasks safely and well. The course will give you knowledge, skills, and confidence. You’ll understand the laws, learn how to check for risks, use equipment the right way, and ensure nobody gets hurt. You’ll also learn moving and handling techniques that keep both you and the person you’re helping safe. When you finish the course, you’ll feel ready and able to do these tasks with care and safety in mind.

Course Duration:

We thoughtfully designed the Moving and Handling People Training to provide comprehensive learning within a 4-6 hour duration. During this time, participants will engage in a variety of interactive activities and discussion. There will be practical demonstrations to ensure a thorough understanding of the subject matter.

Learning Outcome:

After completing the Moving and Handling People Training, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand relevant legislation (Health and Safety at Work Act, PUWER, LOLER, and Manual Handling Regulations) for moving and handling people.
  2. Identify and assess risks using E.L.I.T.E principles and implement measures to minimize them.
  3. Apply proper techniques for moving and handling people, considering spine anatomy, individual needs, and requirements.
  4. Use equipment (hoists, slings, chairs) safely and effectively for moving and handling.
  5. Perform chair moves and transfers competently and confidently, ensuring safety and comfort.
  6. Insert slings with care while individuals are in bed or seated, maintaining communication.
  7. Execute bed to chair transfers using hoists, prioritizing dignity and well-being.
  8. Document and report moving and handling activities, including risk assessments and incidents.
  9. Fulfill duties and responsibilities as an employer or employee to maintain a safe working environment.
  10. Apply gained knowledge and skills to reduce injuries and promote well-being for caregivers and individuals receiving care.

By achieving these learning outcomes, participants will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective moving and handling of individuals in various care settings, fostering a culture of safety and promoting the well-being of all involved.

Where do you offer practical moving and handling training?

Our training locations are spread across the UK. However, we regularly have basic life support training with moving and handling training in Stoke on Trent. You can check available time, dates and price for courses in Stoke on Trent, ST4 3FF here. For other venues where we conduct practical trainings, please see the locations below:

This also means, we provide trainings for organisations who are interested in having all or some of their staffed trained at their facility. In addition, this allows us provide bespoke moving and transfer training using equipment within the facility.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What does moving and handling training include?

Moving and handling training includes teaching people how to safely lift, move, and handle objects and individuals to prevent injury. It covers techniques, equipment usage, risk assessment, and understanding the importance of good posture and body mechanics. We have an article that extensive talks about what moving and handling is and its benefit in healthcare.


2. What do you learn in moving and handling training?

You’ll learn:

  • How the body moves safely (Biomechanics). Identifying and dealing with potential dangers (Risk assessment).
  • Safe ways to lift, carry, push, pull, and lower objects (Manual handling techniques).
  • Using equipment like trolleys and hoists safely.
  • Planning workspaces and tasks to avoid strain on the body (Ergonomics).


3. How can I make sure I remember the skills learned in training?

Regular practice: Use safe handling methods in your everyday work or personal activities. Get refresher training: Take courses to refresh and update your skills. Share what you know: Teach colleagues or family members about safe handling practices.

4. Is moving and handling training essential for care providers?

Absolutely! Safe handling techniques are crucial for protecting both yourself and the individuals you care for from injuries. Lifting, transferring, and assisting with daily activities can put strain on your body, and proper training empowers you to perform these tasks safely and effectively.

5. What moving and handling skills are important for care providers?

Training teaches various practical skills suited to your work setting, including:

  1. Safe lifting and carrying techniques: Learn the right way to lift objects from different positions, reducing the risk of injury.
  2. Transferring individuals: Master safe methods for moving clients between beds, chairs, wheelchairs, and other surfaces.
  3. Positioning and supporting individuals: Ensure proper body alignment and support during daily activities like bathing, dressing, and toileting.
  4. Use of assistive equipment: Understand how to safely use hoists, slings, slide sheets, and other aids.
  5. Ergonomic principles: Arrange your workspace and routines to minimise strain and create a safe working environment.

6. Who should provide training on moving and handling?

Employers are responsible for providing moving and handling training to their employees, especially those who may be involved in lifting or moving heavy objects or people as part of their job. This training is typically provided by qualified instructors or trainers with expertise in safe handling techniques.

7. What is the manual handling course for carers?

A manual handling course for carers is a training program designed to teach carers how to safely lift, move, and handle individuals in a care setting. It equips carers with the knowledge and skills to prevent injuries while providing care to those who may have mobility issues.

8. How often should carers be trained in practical manual handling?

Carers should receive regular training in manual handling, and the frequency of this training can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s experience, the specific care setting, and any changes in regulations or best practices.

Typically, refresher training is recommended annually or whenever there are significant changes in the care environment or equipment. Regular training helps ensure that carers maintain their skills and stay updated on safe practices.

9. Why is moving and handling training important in healthcare?

Moving and handling training is crucial in healthcare because it helps prevent injuries to both patients and healthcare workers. Proper moving and handling techniques ensures that patients are moved safely and comfortably, reducing the risk of accidents or discomfort. It also teaches healthcare workers how to protect their own well-being while performing physically demanding tasks.

10. What should be considered when moving and handling a patient NHS?

When moving and handling a patient in the NHS (National Health Service), several factors should be considered, including the patient’s condition, any mobility aids needed, the environment’s safety, and the use of appropriate techniques and equipment. Patient dignity and comfort are also essential considerations.

11. What is the benefit of moving and positioning training?

The benefit of moving and positioning training is that it equips healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively assist patients in changing their position, transferring, or being moved.

This training helps prevent injuries, promotes patient comfort, maintains their dignity, and contributes to overall better care and well-being. Additionally, it can reduce the risk of work-related injuries among healthcare professionals.

12. Is practical manual handling training a legal requirement?

Yes, practical manual handling training is often a legal requirement in the UK. Employers have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act to provide their employees with proper training and equipment to ensure safe manual handling practices.

This training helps reduce the risk of injuries when lifting, moving, or handling objects, and it is an important part of workplace health and safety.

13. What is moving and handling practical training?

Moving and handling practical training teaches safe techniques for assisting, lifting, transferring and repositioning individuals in health and social care settings. It provides hands-on practice using equipment like hoists and slings to reinforce proper body mechanics and procedures.

14. Is practical manual handling training a legal requirement?

Yes, UK employers must provide practical moving and handling training for healthcare staff and carers under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. Workers who lift or assist patients/clients require both classroom teaching and supervised practice.

15. Can you do moving and handling without practical training?

No, classroom theory alone is insufficient. Practical moving and handling training reinforces new skills through instructor feedback and correction in a controlled environment. This muscle memory reduces risk when applying techniques with patients/clients. Attempting handling without supervised practice could result in injury.

16. What are the key areas of practical moving and handling for carers?

  • Safe use of mobility aids like hoists, slings, transfer boards
  • Assisting with standing, walking, transfers and repositioning
  • Team coordination when 2+ caregivers required
  • Proper manual handling techniques like bending knees and avoiding twisting
  • Adjusting techniques for bariatric patients/clients
  • Handling individuals with lines, tubes or other medical devices
  • Using gait belts, slide sheets and other mobility equipment
  • Addressing high fall-risk situations appropriately

Hands-on application cement safe techniques to prevent strain and drops. Skills should be refreshed annually. We have provided a helpful blogpost on moving and handling cases for carers.


17. How can I get better at moving and handling?

Regular moving and handling practice is crucial for strengthening your skills and improving your techniques.

Here are some tips:

  1. Apply your skills in real-world situations.
  2. Offer to help colleagues with moving tasks or practice safe lifting and transferring techniques with a willing partner. Use training aids and equipment.
  3. Many providers offer mats, mannequins, and simulated weights to help you practice in a safe environment.
  4. Get feedback from experienced colleagues or instructors.
  5. Seek constructive criticism on your form and technique and be open to learning from others.
  6. Stay updated on best practices.
  7. Attend refresher training, join workshops, and stay informed about the latest developments in manual handling techniques and regulations. Our moving and handling online training provides theoretical knowledge on safe patient moving.



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