Level 2  Moving and handling people training.  


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Benefits of following the principles of safe moving and handling 

  • Raises Awareness of the cost of poor moving and handling.

  • Good Practice ensuring safe moving and handling.

  • Employees understanding their Environment when moving and handling.

  • Teaching Employees How to Use Mechanical Aids to ensure safety to both staff and individual.

  • Learning through Experience from peers and instructor.

  • Promotes a Healthy Workforce ensuring health and wellbeing of staff and individual

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Who Will Benefit?

This one day course is ideal for all healthcare and social care staff who are involved in the moving and handling of people.

Course Description:

This is a theory and practical application course and is designed for anyone who in the course of their work could be called upon to move a load from one area to another using bodily force. It will provide the learner with the knowledge and skills required to carry out moving and handling of a load and be able to apply the principles in practice within their workplace.

When referring to "load" the principles of the course cover inanimate objects. We would wholly recommend that this course is delivered in conjunction with the Moving & Handling Practical course.

All personnel working within a Health or social Care setting should have a sound knowledge of moving and handling.

Course Aims and Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • understand how current legislation affects you as employees, and how it affects your employer;

  • understand the workings of the spine with relation to the ways in which you conduct manual handling tasks, and be better able to avoid back injuries caused by poor posture and inefficient movement;

  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of commonly known ‘controversial techniques’;

  • be able to demonstrate your ability to move and handle clients using only safer handling techniques

What is it mapped to?

  • Level 2 award enables learners to achieve the standard required, knowledge and understanding of a subject relevant to their own work setting.

What is moving and handling in care?

  1. Unless it is an emergency or a life-threatening situation the correct equipment should always be used in moving and handling

  2. Encourage clients to assist in their own transfers and movements

  3. Any encouragement should be made in an appropriate way and upholding the principals of the Care Value Base

  4. There is no safe weight limit for lifting in moving and handling

  5. The only settings where moving and handling should take place are settings providing care for babies and small children

  6. Care workers should never have use moving and handling techniques clients without the necessary equipment

  7. This can be problematic in community settings (e.g. in the service user’s home, or when equipment may not be available for moving and handling)

Patient and Nurse
Nurse with Patient

What is the legislation that relates to moving and handling?

The Disability Rights Commission argue that where disabled people cannot live in the way they wish because of a ‘no lifting’ policy an agency is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Disability Rights Commission)

E.g. Remaining in bed because no equipment was available to move clients

E.g. Moving and handling persons using equipment when they have not given consent

The Manual Handling Regulations state that all staff should  ‘avoid hazardous manual handling ‘where reasonably practicable’

Many settings instruct their employees not to lift at all

Health & Safety Executive Guidance (Handling Home Care,2002)

“while all risk assessments must be undertaken and equipment used wherever possible, ‘no lifting’ policies are likely to be incompatible with service users’ rights”

What are the principles for correct manual handling?

  1. When moving and handling someone manually you should follow the principles of effective handling & moving:

  2. Risks should be assessed every time

  3. The procedures should be well planned and assessed in advance

  4. The emphasis should always be on technique rather than strength

  5. Comfort and safety for the client when moving and handling

  6. Creating confidence leads to co-operation

  7. Safety for the worker

  8. Someone injured during a badly conducted moving and handling is likely to injure the client he or she is attempting to assist and move

  9. An client injured during moving and handling is likely to cause an injury to those who are moving him or her

Caregiver with Patient
Mature male patient lying on sling of hy

What should be considered when moving and handling a patient?

1.   That you adjust the bed to the correct working height when moving and handling(if working with another staff member then generally to the shorter person and the taller staff bends their knees more to come down to their level).

2.   Ensure you have considered the risk assessment process, the risk assessment must be documented and refer to the safer moving and handling plan.

3.   Try not to over-reach

4.   Try to keep your back in it’s natural spinal alignment, avoid bending and twisting.

5.   Use weight transference to get your legs doing the work.

6.   Maximise the patient’s ability. Consider if the patient can do it themselves, or if they can do it with some assistance e.g. by blocking their feet or the use of equipment. Only if not consider what you can do to make it easier for you to assist and move, i.e. what piece of equipment.

7.   If the patient is on an air mattress it is possible to make the bed firm before you move the patient but remember to put it back on it’s original setting after.

8.   Good assisting and moving will not only help to protect staff but will also help provide the best care for patients

Assessment and Certification

Course assessment comprises:

  • practical assessment by trainer;

  • a short Q&A session which will assess understanding of the theoretical component.

Course Length

6 Hours ( 3 hours theory and 3 hours practical)

Number of Attendees


Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15


This training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.


All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

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