Patient / People Handling

Patient / People Handling Training

Course Aim

The patient / people manual handling training course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of patient / people manual handling and aims to ensure that employees understand the hazards and how to reduce the risk of injury to oneself and patients. The knowledge gained from this course will help you to stay safe when carrying out various manual handling tasks at your workplace. The training course will also give you an understanding on how to risk assesses a situation.  

Course Content

Legislative requirements
Anatomy and the causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
Prevention of MSDs
Types and principles of safe manual handling
Manual handling practicals and risk assessment
Assessing manual handling performance
Good posture and ergonomics
Current back care concepts
Strength and flexibility training

Types and principles of Patient Handling

Patient handling practicals and risk assessment

Course Outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to:
Recognize a load which is too heavy or awkward
Understand the limitations of the spine and muscular system
Conduct a manual handling risk assessment
Lift and handle loads safely.
Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
Manual handling legislation
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
Principles of levers and laws of motion
Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
How the body is harmed through incorrect techniques
Importance of physical fitness
Personal protective equipment
How to handle loads safely
Practice in the safe manual handling of loads to include:-
Lifting to and from ground level/height/bench level
Team Lifting
Lifting bags/sacks or other loads appropriate to the workplace
Pushing and pulling of beds, hoists, stretchers, wheelchairs
Sitting a patient up in bed
Turning a patient to the edge of the bed
Sit to stand & stand to sit
Fallen patient
Rolling a patient
Sliding a patient


There are no pre-requisites for this course, however participants should be capable of manual handling, participants will be required to self assess their ability to carry out the manual handling and patient handling as part of the course.

Who should do it ?

Manual handling injuries are responsible for 1 in 3 of all workplace accidents. 

This course is for EMS Staff, healthcare workers, nursing home workers, carers and family members.

No prior experience is required. 


Certification by  Venturesafe valid for 2 years


Please contact us for a quote.

However for group bookings we provide a number of discounts. 

We can help tailor a course to your specific needs and equipment in use.

Course Numbers and Location

This course is limited to one instructor for each twelve students to maximise practical elements and learning. This course is usually best run in your healthcare facility, business or home to ensure familiarity with your own available equipment and conditions. We can also arrange for external courses.