Manual Handling

This online training course covers a wide range of topics relating to manual handling within the healthcare industry, such as spinal structure and function, ergonomics and controversial techniques. The course will take approximately one hour to complete, and at the end of the training there are a number of multiple choice questions based on the course content, which must be answered correctly to pass the course.

Train Healthcare are fully aligned with Skills For Health and have been awarded the Skills for Health ‘Quality Mark’ for our face to face and e-learning training courses.

Course Content

Spinal mechanics and function

Importance of back care and posture, risk factors for back pain

Current relevant legislation and professional guidelines where relevant

Safe management of inanimate loads

Handling strategies for clients with impaired mobility

Dealing with unpredictable occurrences

Use of equipment

Assessment of risks addressing: – tasks (including unexpected) – the limits of individuals capability (their own and that of others) – loads (both inanimate and human) – environment and the importance of good housekeeping

Importance of ergonomic approach

Principles of normal human movement and promotion of client independence

Problem solving


Practical Assessment of Skills:

Introduction to Manual Handling Theory

Practical Element Covering:

Pushing a Load

Pulling a Load

Sitting at a desk

Moving client forward in a chair

Moving client back in a chair

Sitting to standing from chair

Sitting to standing from edge of bed

Standing to sitting on chair

Standing to sitting on edge of bed

Assisted walking inc with patient handling belt

The falling patient

Raising the fallen patient

Turning in bed

Getting in and out of bed

Fitting and removing flat slide sheets

Fitting and removing tubular sheets

Sliding the supine client up/down the bed

Sliding the seated client up/down bed

Sitting a client from lying

Sitting client up and onto edge of bed

Assisting client to lie down from sitting on edge of bed

Correct posture whilst feeding patient

Correct posture whilst examining patient

Standing transfer bed to chair/chair to bed

Seated transfer from bed to chair/ chair to bed

Transfer from chair to chair/commode

Fitting a sling with client in bed

Fitting sling in bed using slide sheets

Fitting a sling with client in chair

Fitting sling in chair with slide sheets

Hoisting from bed to chair Hoisting from chair to bed

Hoisting client from floor

Use of stand-aid

Written Test

Learning Outcomes

Define the term ‘Manual Handling’.

To raise awareness of the causative factors and types of musculoskeletal injuries (particularly back injuries), and how such an injury can affect the individual, the employer and society.

To provide basic information relating to prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.

To provide an awareness of current Health and Safety legislation which relates to manual handling and its implementation in the workplace.

To introduce the subject of ergonomics and risk assessment.

The importance of good communication in Safer Handling

Discuss unsafe practices and identify rationale behind these

To Demonstrate Safe Handling Techniques