About the Course

This basic induction course covers the key knowledge and skills required to assist and move individuals with dignity, whilst ensuring carer’s and others’ safety. The course is highly practical and a variety of teaching methods will be used including group work, discussion, demonstration and practice of handling activities. Certificates are provided in accordance with employer’s systems.

Course Duration

This is a two-day programme, designed for all new starters and staff who have not attended training for an extended period of time. A one day course can be provided on request.

Course Aims

To enable you to move, assist and position individuals as part of their care and support plan. To promote the risk reduction strategy as identified through the individual’s risk assessment in diverse settings, and with individuals who have a range of abilities. To enable you to select and use appropriate techniques and equipment when assisting individuals in unpredictable occurrences, and identify situations when you should not assist a falling or fallen individual.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session the learner will:

  • Have awareness of the role of workers and others in relation to assisting and moving
  • Be able to prepare an environment before assisting and moving
  • Be able to support the individual to prepare before assisting and moving
  • Be able to assist and move an individual in accordance with the individual’s risk assessment and care plan
  • Be able to report and record changes that may affect the individual’s care and support plan for assisting and moving
  • Be able to assist appropriately an individual who is falling
  • Be able to assist appropriately an individual who has fallen
  • Be able to maintain and update records for assisting and moving, and those which relate to assisting and moving falling/fallen individuals.
  • Be able to assist an individual to sit, stand and walk safely
  • Be able to apply safe handling practices to assist individuals to move in and around their bed
  • Be aware of the range, selection, safe use, maintenance requirements of mechanical beds, wheelchairs, hoists and slings

Course Content

  • Introduction to relevant legislation
  • Risk assessment, and how it applies to people handling
  • Basic principles of Back Care
  • Holds and positions
  • Assisting a person to stand with a range of support levels, with both one and two carers
  • Assisting a person to sit with a range of support levels with, with both one and two carers
  • Use of transfer devices, including rota stands and transfer boards
  • Assisting a person to roll on a bed, with both one and two carers
  • Use of profiling beds
  • Use of a slide sheet to assist a person to roll
  • Use of slide sheets and other aids to move up a bed
  • Assisting a person in and out of bed
  • Health and safety features of hoists and slings, including pre-use checks
  • Sling application in a chair
  • Sling application on a bed and/or on the floor
  • Hoisting from beds and chairs

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