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4.5 hours



Patient Manual Handling

Patient Manual Handling is a requirement for all staff members working or wishing to work in the healthcare sector. And includes healthcare assistants, nurses, porters, therapists and any individuals with the responsibility of manually aiding a persons movement.  Classroom training courses are carried out on a weekly basis at our modern training centre located in Dublin.
The patient manual handling training course consists of two parts. The first is basic manual handling and the second part of the course is people moving training.
Your course starts with manuaul handling and takes around 1.5 hours to complete and includes a practical demonstartation in lifing and moving inanimate objects.
After a coffee break then you will start the people moving and handling, this includes demonstrating how to assist a person from a bed, assisted walking and assistance into a wheel-chair.  The next demonstartion includes the correct use of sliding sheets and finally a demonstartion on the use of a full body hoist.
All instructors providing this training have successfully completed QQI manual handling and people moving instructor training. We cover everything required for you to gain your patient manual handling certificate and meet the requirements of national health and safety guidelines.


This course will cover the following topics.

  • Current legislation.
  • Muscular-skeletal system.
  • Biomechanics and mechanism of injury.
  • Ergonomics and risk assessment.
  • Flexibility.
  • Basic principles of lifting.
  • Patient moving & handling.
  • Use of hoists


Who is this course designed for?

All staff engaged in patient handling / people moving activities such as nursing staff and carers during their working day.
If you are not working in the healthcare sector it may be sufficient for you to complete basic manual handling, Click to find out more.
Additional information on basic or patient manual handling can be found one the HSA main website.

What is Manual Handling?

Many people think of manual handling training only to do with lifting objects and how to lift correctly but each year more manual handling injuries occur due to twisting and bending, rather than lifting.
Basically Manual handling is stated as being, an physical excursion you put on your body, this includes, lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting etc. And there is a higher chance of an individual causing injury from bad / incorrct posture.

What legislation covers manual handling?

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Applications) Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of  Part 2, outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to manual handling. The key requirements include:
  • Carrying out a manual handling risk assessment of existing manual handling tasks before making an informed decision on what manual handling tasks need to be avoided or reduced.
  • Organising tasks to allow the use of mechanical or other means to avoid or reduce the need for the manual handling of loads by employees in the workplace.  The hazards can be avoided or reduced through the introduction of appropriate organisational measures for example improved layout of a work area to reduce unnecessary long carrying distances; or the use of appropriate means, in particular mechanical equipment
  • Providing instruction and training to relevant staff.
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