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Moving and Handling of People

Delivery methods available:


Blended Learning (eLearning Module plus  a practical workshop)

Moving and Handling of People


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In-company: Flexible
Public courses dates: 13:30 - 16:30


In-company: Enquire with our team
Public course dates: £80 (+VAT)


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Moving & Handling of People Course Reviews

Our recommended moving and handling training approach:

CourseTraining timingDuration / Delivery Method

Option 1 (Recommended)

Moving & Handling (People)

On employment

6-hour classroom (theory & practical combined)

Option 2

Moving and Handling eLearning Module, plus

Moving & Handling (People) – Practical Workshop

On employment

3-hour eLearning Module, plus

3-hour classroom-based practical workshop (recommended)

Moving & Handling (People) – Practical WorkshopAnnual update3-hour classroom-based practical workshop

The Moving and Handling (People) – Practical Workshop covers only basic theory content. It is therefore recommended that anyone undertaking this training for the first time (i.e., on employment / new start), should complete a moving and handling theory-based eLearning module in advance to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the key theory aspects.

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FAQs about Moving & Handling of People Training

The moving and handling of residents, patients or clients can be a regular undertaking for many healthcare workers. This activity typically involves aiding and supporting another human being to move from varying positions, with or without mechanical aids and equipment such as hoists, slings and sliding sheets. Poor technique, particularly involving animate loads, can lead to serious injury, ultimately impacting an individual’s ability to earn a living and enjoy life to its full potential.
These courses aim to provide those attending with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to safeguard themselves from the risks associated with moving and handling people such as residents, patients, or clients within healthcare or residential settings.

This one-day course aims to provide individuals with the critical theory and practical skills to perform safer moving and handling of residents, patients, or clients. Included within the course content is the following:

  • Relevant Legislation
  • Employer and employee Duties
  • Rudiments of spinal mechanics and causes of back pain
  • Principles of efficient body movement and posture
  • Introduction to risk assessment
  • Principles of safer handling
  • Controversial or unsafe manoeuvres

It also includes practical session using a hoist and a range of manual handling equipment. Standard techniques covered include:

  • Sitting to standing transfers
  • Walking with clients
  • Falling and fallen client
  • In and out of bed
  • Lying to sitting
  • Turning in bed
  • Moving up the bed
  • Hoist management
The theory aspect of this course is assessed through a short multiple-choice assessment. In addition, during the session, observation of your practical application of safer moving and handling techniques will occur.
Moving and handling training for new employees is one day course. This course includes a theory and practical session. Annual refresher training is recommended. Typically, healthcare employers opt for a three-hour practical-based annual update course and supplement this with the theory content delivered via alternative means such as eLearning.
This course is essential for those working in health care, social care, education, or any other setting where the moving and handling of people is required. It can be used as an induction course or as a regular update.
On average, every year in the UK, 80,000 nurses hurt their backs, and 600 healthcare workers are forced to retire early. Handling injuries account for over a quarter of all reported injuries to employees working within the healthcare sector. These figures are enormous, and the implications for these workers and their families are even more significant. Therefore, it is of imperative importance that these workers are adequately informed of the risks and trained in safer techniques to reduce the likelihood of such injuries occurring.