People Moving & Handling (Patient Handling)

Course Overview

Under current legislation all staff must be provided with training in safe manual handling techniques.  This course is designed for nursing staff, healthcare workers, carers or anyone involved with the moving & handling of patients on a daily basis.  Participants will learn how to assist, handle and move patients safely as well as use patient handling equipment safely.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the Eight Principles of Safe Lifting

  • Assess, move, handle and transfer patients safely

  • Identify the risks involved whilst working with patients

  • Identify and assess when and which mechanical aids should be used when moving and handling patients

Course Programme

Current Legislation

Anatomy of the Spine & Musculoskeletal System

Injuries caused by poor handling techniques

Fitness, flexibility and posture


Patient Handling Risk Assessment

Principles of Safe Lifting & Handling

Demonstration and Practice of various lifting techniques

Demonstration and Practice of various patient handling aids

Practical assessment on a range of patient handling tasks


Participants are individually assessed on their practical techniques


Successful participants receive an Advanta Safety People Moving & Handling Certificate which is valid for two years

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Advanta Safety

Hedgestown Road


Co. Dublin


P: (01) 5253166


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