About the Course

This foundation level course provides the key knowledge and skills required to assist and move individuals with dignity, while ensuring the safety of both the carer and others. The course is highly practical, and a variety of issues will be addressed, including risk assessment, selection and safe use of hoists and slings, and safe transfers of individuals.

Participants will have the opportunity to use hoists to safely complete transfers from beds, chairs and floors in accordance with individual risk assessments and care plans.

Course Duration

Half-day course (three hours).

Course Aim

To enable staff to use hoisting equipment while ensuring the health, safety and dignity of all involved.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, the participant will:

  • Have an awareness of the relevant legal duties, and the importance of following instructions in risk assessments and handling plans
  • Be aware of the range, selection, safe use and maintenance requirements of hoists and slings
  • Be able to demonstrate how to carry out safety inspections of hoists and slings prior to use
  • Be able to demonstrate appropriate hoisting methods in the work setting, such as:
    • Fitting a sling for an individual in bed
    • Fitting a sling for an individual in a chair
    • Use of slide sheets, profiling beds, or other equipment as available in conjunction with the hoist
    • Hoisting from bed to chair and chair to bed
    • Hoisting to and from the floor

Course Content

  • Reminder of legal and professional standards
  • Recap of risk assessment and handling plans
  • Range, selection and maintenance requirements of hoists and slings
  • Safe use of hoists and slings
  • Demonstrations and practice of:
    • Fitting a sling for a person in bed
    • Fitting a sling for a person in a chair
    • Use of slide sheets, profiling beds, and other equipment in conjunction with a hoist

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