About the Course

Occupational Therapy is a wide and varied profession, and we understand the need for adaptable training. This course is designed to refresh Occupational Therapists on key legal and professional responsibilities, and update them on any relevant changes.  The main focus will be on reviewing and practising assisting and moving activities appropriate to the work settings of attendees.

These will take into account the different and specialist needs of the individuals they work with, such as people with limited capacity due to specific mental and/or physical conditions. This course is formulated on the needs of individual attendees on the day, and will include time for problem-solving of current cases. Below is an example of course content, which is subject to change on request.

Course Duration

Refresher courses are one day in length. Other course durations can be negotiated as required.

Course Aims

To refresh and update the knowledge and skills necessary to assist people to move and support others in a professional capacity. To improve the quality of care practice, and ensure the health and safety of all involved.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session the participant will:

  • Be aware of relevant legislation, and their employer’s own policies
  • Be able to explain the key principles for safer moving and handling
  • Be able to identify risks, including high risk handling practices, and understand the importance of ergonomic solutions
  • Author risk assessments
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need for good posture
  • Be able to apply the principles for safer handling when assisting people to move
  • Be aware of a range of equipment that can reduce the risk of injury
  • Be able to isolate unsafe practice, and offer safe alternatives

Course Content

The course content of refresher courses is tailored to the needs of the participants or their organisation. Content may include any of the following;

  • Recap of relevant legislation
  • Risk assessment and problem solving
  • Reminder of 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 both one and two carers
  • Use of transfer devices, including Rota stands and transfer boards
  • Rolling on a bed with both one and two carers
  • Use of profiling beds, and arising issues
  • Use of a slide sheet to assist a person to roll
  • Assisting a person in and out of bed
  • Sling application in a chair
  • Sling application on a bed and/or on the floor
  • Hoisting from beds and chairs
  • Use of single-handed care equipment

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