Patient Handling: More Than Just Lifting And Moving

Do your staff work in the health and social care setting? It’s likely then that your organisation spends a significant amount of time moving and handling patients, residents and service users.

It is essential that no matter what roll your employee’s are In, that being a carer, nursing staff or even a doctor, it’s important to ensure that your employees are carrying out their tasks safely and correctly whether that’s using specialist equipment or simply assisting a person to move.

Because every patient is different, their needs will also differ. The handling of a patient is far more than the task of helping them to move and lifting them. There are many other rolls it involves varying from the assistance of eating and drinking to helping dress them etc.

The Health and Safety Executive found that in Human and social work activities there were an estimated 195,000 work related ill health cases. And another 58,000 work-related cases of musculoskeletal disorder both new and long-standing. This is about one third of all ill health in this Sector. So, ensuring your staff carry out their tasks correctly and safely is vital both for your staff and the patient.

What are the solutions?

The independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, The Care Quality Commission, make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. They explained “Providers must assess the risks to a patient’s health and safety during any care or treatment and make sure their staff have the qualifications, competence, skills and experience to keep you safe”. Therefore, it’s important that everyone of your staff receives the necessary training to do so.

Moving and handling is a key part of the working day for most employees within the health and social sector;

Poor moving and handling practice can lead to:

  • back pain and musculoskeletal disorders – leading to inability to work
  • moving and handling accidents – potential injury to both the patient and the employee
  • discomfort and a lack of dignity for the patient being moved

Why is manual handling training important? Because, it is essential training for all employees who may be faced with the moving and handling of patients and it is within the best interests of both the employees and yourselves as the employers to carry out this kind of training to minimise the risk of injuries resulting in absences.

Do your staff have the needed training to avoid injury?

What are the benefits of moving and handling training?

Not only will moving and handling training help increase your employees’ awareness of risks involved with lifting, your employees will recognise that that their welfare within your organisation is top priority, and the course will lead to less people taking time off work due to injury.

This Moving and Handling People course will provide your staff with an introduction to safe manual handling practices so that they know how to carry out an individual risk assessment, use equipment safely, reduce the likelihood of developing musculoskeletal disorders and always keep your service users’ comfort and safety at the forefront.

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