Each person’s care needs are unique to that individual and can be as different as a person’s personality, with requirements differing even between two people with the same condition. Some patients, however, require assistance with even the most basic aspects of their care, including help with moving and handling their body on a day to day basis. Patients with diseases which severely restrict their mobility, such as Huntington’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy or Myasthenia Gravis, can have radically different needs depending on their circumstances and may require differing approaches to care.

What is Moving and Handling training?

Moving and handling training is a must for carers who regularly help people with restricted movement, whether due to disease or infirmity, and require the use of specialist equipment in order to go about their day to day lives. Training isn’t just for the benefit of the patient; looking after patients with restricted mobility is a difficult and strenuous profession, and healthcare staff can cause themselves permanent injury if proper protocols for lifting and the use of equipment such as hoists are not followed.

Health and Safety at work guidelines aim to minimise the harm to healthcare staff, and training in how to avoid harm on a day to day basis can be extremely beneficial, not just to the staff themselves but also for insurance purposes and the healthcare industry’s compliance requirements.

What will I learn?

A training course on the Moving and Handling of People involves the theory and practice of handling, which includes every step you should take when planning to move a person during the course of their care. For the carer, this covers important areas around their own health and how it relates to moving and handling, such as the potential for back injury, as well as injury to other parts of the body.

Legislation regarding moving and handling is also an important part of the course, particularly in how this relates to your responsibilities in the workplace and your employer’s responsibilities to you. For employers, this can mean huge compliance related benefits that may mean your care is able to expand into other areas, or that the employer can improve its insurance status in existing areas of its care.

The second, and perhaps most important, area of knowledge is in relation to the practicalities of moving and handling. Since manual handling can be a difficult and hazardous affair, learning about different elements can greatly increase the effectiveness and safety of a caregiver’s work – including different handling techniques, the kinetic approach, posture, lowering, and pushing and pulling.

As well as this, attention is given to the use of equipment in handling, including lifts, hoists, back boards and side boards, all of which are standard in the industry and can make moving and handling patients much easier. Not only is this much safer and more efficient for the carer, it is also vital in terms of compliance with safety in the workplace laws, and demonstrates a firm commitment to the well-being of both staff and patients in a care environment.

What are the benefits?

For the care receiver, this training has a large impact, not just on the quality of their care, but also on their quality of life. An important part of the care of patients with limited mobility, and of the training, is helping them to be as self-reliant and independent as possible.

Day to day, this means assessing what they can and can’t do for themselves, being able to step in when necessary and knowing when to step back when a patient can manage. Psychologically this can make a great difference to a patient who is receiving care as it helps build confidence and independence that is difficult to maintain in their everyday lives.

This element of training involves learning about the process of assessing a patient, both in terms of the patient’s abilities (long-term and day to day) and the risk involved to the patient as a result of a particular activity. Identifying hazards and risks is an important part of this, and a necessity in the workplace where insurance requirements place a burden on caregivers to ensure that their actions are backed by risk assessments at every turn.

By learning about these elements, caregivers can have a solid base by which to work with their patient, moving and handling with the confidence that their actions are backed by legislation and best practice.

While moving and handling may seem like a relatively straightforward element of care, it is vitally important that caregivers are adequately trained for health and safety reasons, both for their benefit and for their patients.

But more than that, if done well caregivers can also benefit from the sense of satisfaction that they have been able to improve the daily experiences of patients, who may be able to access new levels of independence thanks to the training of their caregiver. With the right techniques and the right theory, it can become a real asset to a patient’s life.

Why choose Caring for Care?

Caring for Care is a national healthcare training provider. As practising healthcare workers ourselves, we understand the daily pressures, stresses and strains on healthcare workers. That means we’re able to deliver clinical training courses that are tailored to the needs of working doctors, nurses and clinical staff; everything from Moving and Handling training to Catheterisation training.

On or off site, we can deliver the best and most efficient solutions for care providers whatever their needs. We understand that you’re stretched in both time and budget, so we’re as flexible as possible to work around you, scheduling teaching hours with efficiency in mind. With our training solutions, you will receive the most comprehensive complex care training solutions so that you can pass it on to care receivers in the form of outstanding care and quality of life.

To find out more, take a look at our website, or call 01782 563333 to see how our solutions can help your staff and patients benefit from the latest in industry knowledge. Together, we can deliver real advances in care and quality of life to some of the most vulnerable people in society.