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Patient Moving and Handling - Target Audience

Those working in a health and social care setting are often required to complete manual handling tasks, such as moving equipment and assisting service users. It is important that these tasks are carried out correctly, as bad moving and handling practice can lead to back pain, musculoskeletal disorders and unnecessary injuries to service users.

Ensuring that good manual handling practice is observed can be achieved in part by providing regular moving and handling training to staff that covers safely moving people. This will help to reduce the risk of injury occurring and is required to comply with health and safety legislation, such as the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

This course is suitable for anyone working with organisations in the health and social care sectors, such as the NHS or local authority care services, who regularly use handling equipment and partake in the handling of people.

The Skills for Health Core Skills Training Framework requires all staff who will be involved in load handling and patient handling activities to undergo additional practical training. This course must be accompanied by relevant in-person training before any of the techniques covered are carried out in the workplace.

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Patient Moving and Handling - Course Overview


Maintaining safe moving and handling technique is essential while moving and handling people in order to avoid accidents and prevent injury to both the person being moved and the employee. It also helps to avoid the development of musculoskeletal disorders, a series of conditions that account for around 40% of sickness absences in the NHS and cost the service approximately £400 million a year.

After completing this course, candidates will:

  • Understand good manual handling technique and why its use is important.
  • Be aware of how to assist a patient with sitting, standing and walking.
  • Know the main manoeuvres carried out on a patient in bed.
  • Have knowledge of techniques for handling a person who is falling or has fallen.
  • Understand the different types of hoists and slings that are available and how to use them correctly.


It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the course in full. This can be spread out over multiple sessions or completed in a single session. There is no time limit for completion.


All candidates must complete a multiple choice assessment after working through the training material. The candidate will be asked 16 multiple choice questions and need to answer a minimum of 12 correctly to pass. Candidates will be given instant feedback after completing the assessment stating whether they have passed or failed. The assessment can be retaken as many times as is required to pass at no additional cost.

Module Summary

This module covers:

  • General information about manual handling.
  • How to risk assess inanimate load handling tasks.
  • Suitable control measures to reduce injury.
  • Good techniques for lifting inanimate loads.

Learners will explore:

  • Patient manual handling and the ways in which a patient can be injured during a manoeuvre.
  • The key safety hazards that must be considered before assisting a patient to stand, sit or walk.
  • Techniques for verbally assisting a patient to sit or stand.
  • Techniques for physically assisting a patient to sit, stand and walk.

This module will explore:

  • The main aids that can be used when moving a patient in bed.
  • The key safety hazards that need to be considered before completing a manoeuvre on a patient in bed.
  • How to safely slide a patient up a bed and complete a lateral transfer, and the number of staff required to do so.

In this module, we will cover:

  • How to assist a fallen patient.
  • The steps to take after a patient has fallen.
  • The key safety hazards to consider when dealing with a fallen patient.
  • The records that should be kept in the event of a patient falling.
  • The correct way to act when a patient is seen falling.

Learners will cover:

  • The different categories and types of hoist.
  • The key safety checks to make before using a hoist or sling.
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and how they apply to hoists and slings.
  • Techniques for maintaining good posture while using a hoist and sling.
  • The main types of sling used in health and social care environments.
  • The process of correctly measuring a sling.
  • Methods for attaching slings to a patient in bed, in a chair and on the floor.
  • The main ways of attaching a sling to a spreader bar and hoist.
  • Techniques for lifting a patient from a chair or bed using a hoist.
  • Techniques for safely using a poolside hoist.

Patient Moving and Handling - Accreditation and Certification

CPD Certificate

Successful candidates will receive a CPD Certificate and 3 CPD Credits.

This course certificate has no expiry date because there is no formally recognised period of validity for any health and safety training or this type of course. The HSE recommends refresher training is carried out whenever it is felt necessary. Safety registration bodies such as CHAS, SafeContractor, ConstructionLine & SMAS and other members of the SSiP scheme recommend most re-training is done every 3 years. We would recommend refreshing knowledge as and when legislation or guidance changes applicable to these regulations.

All of our courses, systems and services have been registered to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 quality standard. Quality Management Systems Ltd (QMS) made this prestigious award to Commodious in January 2018. This gives assurance that the training and assessment was completed with a quality registered organisation.

Patient Moving and Handling Training Course - System requirements

Our courses are compatible with the latest versions of all modern desktop web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari. On mobile devices, they are compatible with the latest version of Safari or Google Chrome running on iOS 12/Android 6.0 or later.

You can check your current web browser, and whether it is the latest version, by visiting

For the best experience, we recommend using Google Chrome version 90 or later. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer to access our courses as this can cause compatibility issues and lead to a poor experience.

Bulk Purchases

After a successful purchase you will be automatically taken to our registration process. Here you create your learner(s) and assign the course(s) to them so that they can start training immediately. If you do not know all the learner details - no problem, you can return later and create the learners when it suits you.

The system automatically creates an admin group of your learners, this means you can access your learner accounts to obtain certificates or schedule reports on the progress of your group, useful for Health & Safety audits or Registration to organisations such as CHAS, SMAS, SafeContractor, ConstructionLine etc or site access when certificates are required.

If this all sounds too complicated feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to enrol you or your colleagues on your behalf.

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