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Moving and Handling Objects and People

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Overview - Moving and Handling Objects and People

Moving patients is one of the most important skills needed in an NHS or Care environment. This module covers the standard moving and handling training, but also includes a full section on moving and handling patients to ensure that staff are fully skilled in techniques for moving people. All staff involved in moving patients should be fully trained to reduce the risk of causing injuries when moving people.

Back injury is the main reason for absence from the workplace and one third of all reported injuries that result in three days off work are caused by manual handling accidents. In the NHS the situation has been particularly serious, with this type of accident accounting for 40% of all sickness absence, at an estimated cost in the region of £400 million each year.

Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees, one of which is increasing awareness about the hazards, and what can be done to minimise risk.

This Moving and Handling module provides learners with the knowledge they need in order to reduce the chance of incurring an injury whilst moving loads in their work environment. Four main areas are covered:

Moving and handling and the Law - i.e. the drivers for ensuring you know what you should, and what you and your employers' responsibilities are

The spine and back care - structure and function of the spine, what can go wrong and how to avoid it happening

Moving and Handling Objects - all you need to know to do this safely, e.g. training, risk assessments, equipments, appropriate lifting techniques

Moving and Handling People - the emphasis is on avoiding manual handling of patients wherever possible. Again training, risk assessments and equipment are covered, along with the need to communicate with the person in order to aid co-operation

Having completed the module, learners will be better equipped to move and handle objects safely.

Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and Learning objectives
  • Introduction to moving and handling
  • Moving and handling and the law
  • The spine and spinal problems
  • Moving and handling objects safely
  • Moving people safely
  • Summary


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

Anyone working in the health service and care sectors, however, the section on how to move objects safely is applicable to anyone who may need to lift items as part of their duties.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course


I liked how there were certain words for which a definition was provided
GR 24/09/2014

I found it really interesting and it has refreshed my knowledge in moving and handling. It was easy to navigate through the modules and i like the fact that it is interactive as I think this helps you to retain information if you have to actually do activities rather than just read the information
CS 19/08/2014

Yes, it was broken down into easier learning sections. The graphics made it fun. Thank you
GN 11/01/2015

Well explained and you have plenty of time to take the info in. very impressed !
LP 01/03/2015

Very good format easy to follow and excellent information.
NW 08/03/2015

I found all the information useful and interesting, and feel that all of it will be useful in my home life as well as at work
JH 01/04/2015

I liked being able to go back and re-read information if I couldn't remember something or were unsure.
AW 10/08/2015


£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT)

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