Moving & Handling of People – Foundation Course

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Moving & Handling of People – Foundation Course


This entry level 2 day course will give delegates the knowledge and practical skills needed to handle loads and people safely. Delegates will also be equipped to carry out basic moving & handling risk assessments.

Class Size

There is a maximum of 8 places on this course and a minimum of 3.


  • Describe the legal requirement for safer moving and handling
  • Understand the importance of good posture and other factors which facilitate safer moving and handling
  • Identify possible actions that could cause musculoskeletal problems and methods to reduce risk of injury
  • Carry out a basic risk assessment for moving and handling objects and people
  • Prepare individuals, the environment and equipment for moving and handling
  • Move and handle objects and people safely using a range of techniques, handling aids and mechanical equipment


Day 1 – Theory of moving & assisting people / equipment workshop

  • House rules
  • Aims & objectives of the course
  • The cost of work related back pain
  • Legislation
  • Organisation policies
  • Structure & function of the spine/ back care
  • Risk assessment
  • Handling of inanimate loads
  • Equipment workshop
  • Handling of people
  • Practical moving & handling techniques 1
    • Moving people in bed
    • Use of slide sheets

Day 2 – Practical Day

  • Practical moving & handling techniques 2
    • Hoisting techniques
  • Practical moving & handling techniques 3
    • management of the fallen person
    • management of the falling person
    • management of clients with dementia
  • Practical moving & handling techniques 4
    • assisting people in a chair
    • assisting people to stand
    • assisting people to walk
  • Practical moving & handling techniques 5
    • seated transfers- bed, chair, commode, wheelchair
    • using small manual handling aids
    • managing client with multiple disabilities including people with learning difficulties
  • Problem Solving Open Forum

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants should:

  • Have a good knowledge about the legislation surrounding Manual Handling issues.
  • Have an awareness of the structure of the back and important considerations concerning back care.
  • How to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Be confident in carrying out risk assessments and writing care plans specifically regarding Manual Handling.
  • Have participated in Manual Handling practical techniques covering both objects and people using a range of techniques and equipment.
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