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Moving and Handling Objects and People
Moving and Handling Objects and People
Moving and Handling Objects and People
Moving and Handling Objects and People

What is manual handling? Knowing how to move patients safely and without risk of injury is one of the most important skills needed in an NHS or other care environment. In other industries, workers often need to lift and move heavy objects that could put their bodies under strain.

This Moving and Handling Objects and People Course features the standard moving and handling training - which is required in line with manual handling legislation - and is delivered via Virtual College's e-learning platform, Enable.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactivity with colourful animations
  • CPD-accredited training
  • Can be completed in approximately three hours
  • Instant digital certificate on completion
  • 24-hour learner support from the Virtual College team

Why take this course?

Statistics show that back injuries are the main reason UK workers require time off, with one-third of injuries requiring three days off classed as manual handling injuries. In the NHS, where manual handling equipment and patients is often necessary, these injuries account for 40 per cent of the organisation's sickness absences, costing the health service around £400 million a year.

Employers are legally required to safeguard the health and safety of their employees, educating them on manual handling regulations, hazards and how to minimise risk.

The Moving and Handling Objects and People Course provides learners with the knowledge to reduce the chance of injury while carrying out manual handling at work.

Who is this course for?

This course is primarily aimed at anyone working in the health service or care sector. However, the module on moving objects safely is suitable for anyone who needs to lift items as part of their role.

What does this course cover?

The Moving and Handling Objects and People Course focuses on four main areas:

  • Manual handling and the law - what exactly employers' responsibilities in relation to manual handling legislation
  • 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 conduct safe manual handling activity, including training, risk assessments, appropriate equipment and appropriate lifting technique
  • 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 patients to aid co-operation

Lesson plan

The lesson plan for the Moving and Handling Objects and People Course is as follows:

  • 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

Course accreditation

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


After completing the course, you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

How long does this course take to complete?

The duration of this course is approximately three hours, but this depends entirely on how quickly you absorb the material. You can take everything at your own pace.

Course entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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