You will have heard this referred to as any one of the following:
- Manual Handling: - the regulations are the Manual Handling Regulations 1992; this is the legal term
- Moving and Positioning - the Social Care Institute for Excellence call it this
- Moving and Handling – this is how the Health and Safety Executive refer to it
- Safer Handling – many Occupational Therapists and health professionals refer to it as this.
- Assisting and Moving – this is the term used by Skills for Care
Agincare has a clear statement of policy in its Health and Safety Policy and a set of guidance related to assessing and planning to reduce risks (Moving and Handling Assessing and Care Planning Guidance document, available from your manager or trainer)
The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 refer to the movement of loads (inanimate objects) as well as movement of people. In your role in adult social care you may be required to assist and move somebody which is why training must be provided; you must not only have training such as this workbook, e-learning and practical training in the classroom using various moving and handling equipment but must be deemed competent to move safely the people you support through a series of competency assessments.
Effective assisting and moving and handling training can help you support people who need care and support to:
- Get in or out of bed, turn over in bed or sit up in bed
- Bathe, shower, use the toilet
- Sit in a chair
- Stand, walk, get up from the floor after a fall
- Get in and out of a vehicle.
Your training should also include how to assist and move with other care workers, as some tasks and supporting aids require more than one person to use.
Moving and handling is a key part of the working day for most employees; from moving equipment, laundry, catering, supplies or waste to assisting people in moving, mobilising and re-positioning
Poor moving and handling practice can lead to:
- Back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, which can lead to inability to work
- Moving and handling accidents – which can injure both the person being moved and the employee
- Discomfort and a lack of dignity for the person being moved
Proper training will enable you to protect yourself from serious and painful injuries and protect your clients by helping you to provide safe moving and handling techniques.
The moving and handling of people is a regular task in health and social care, which if not done safely, can cause serious injury to service users and staff. This workbook concentrates on reducing the risk from people handling.