Level 2  Assisting and movement of persons.  


The Manual Handling Operations Regulations


Define it as 'any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or by bodily force'.

In effect, any activity that requires an individual to lift, move or support a load, will be classified as a manual handling task.

It is against the law


To ignore assisting and moving rules and not to work as you have been trained. You could be disciplined, dismissed, fined or even go to prison if someone is hurt or injured as a result of not working as trained. You could also be sued for compensation.

Methods for Moving and assisting persons

  • Unless it is an emergency or a life-threatening situation the correct equipment should always be used

  • Encourage clients to assist in their own transfers and movements

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

  • There is no safe weight limit for lifting

  • The only settings where assisting and moving should take place are settings providing care for babies and small children

  • Care workers should never have to assist or move clients without the necessary equipment

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

The Legal Framework

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. Assisting and moving perons 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”

Principles of Effective Moving and Assisting Persons

  • To assist and move someone manually you should follow the principles of effective handling & moving:

  • Risks should be assessed every time

  • The procedures should be well planned and assessed in advance

  • The emphasis should always be on technique rather than strength

  • Comfort and safety for the client when assisting and moving

  • Creating confidence leads to co-operation

  • Safety for the worker

  • Someone injured during a badly conducted transfer or move is likely to injure the client he or she is attempting to assist and move

  • An client injured during a move is likely to cause an injury to those who are moving him or her

Always ensure

1.   That you adjust the bed to the correct working height (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 assisting and moving 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

What do learners receive?

·        Course notes

·        Certificate


Course Length

6 Hours ( 3 hours theory and 3 hours practical)


Number of Attendees

 Attendees minimum 6 to maximum 15



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