About the Course

This course has been designed to provide practical opportunities for nominated staff in the use of equipment provided for the single-handed care programme. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including group work, discussion, demonstration and practical application of handling activities associated with this activity.

The course can be tailored to the needs of specific occupational groups, such as Occupational Therapists, Assessors, Trainers and Care Staff, and can be delivered on a one or two-day basis, depending on need.

Course Duration

This course is variable in length depending on need. Direct care staff can attend a one-day course. Those staff who are likely to assess and/or prescribe equipment can attend a two-day course which will look at assessment in a single-handed care setting, in addition to the below course content.

Course Aims

To enable participants to promote and utilise equipment and approaches to single-handed care in Health and Social Care settings.

To ensure the single-handed care philosophy is clearly understood by all participants.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe use of bed management systems
  • List potential equipment for single-handed care provision
  • Apply in-situ slings in lying positions
  • Use positioning wedges
  • Demonstrate safe use of transfer devices
  • Use hoists and stand aids safely
  • Combine the use of bed systems and hoists

Course Content

  • Outline of single-handed work, and the appropriate equipment needed
  • Practical demonstrations and practice relevant to participants, including:
    • Mobility assistance
    • Safe use of transfer equipment
    • Safe use of a stand aid or mini-lift
    • Safe use of positioning wedges
    • In-situ sling application
    • Small equipment, such as bed ladders and bed levers
    • Profiling beds
    • Rotunda and raiser equipment
    • Four-way bed management systems
    • Satin sheet bed management systems
    • Hoists

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