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Manual Handling training for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Firwood House FIRS, Firwood House, Brassey Avenue
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Target Audience
Occupational Therapy Assistants
target audience
Course Types
Course categories
Assessment & Care Management
Moving and Handling
Course description

One day manual handling training for Occupational Therapy Assistants

This one day course is aimed at Occupational Therapy Assistants to develop their role as assessors and in support work to the Occupational Therapy service.

It covers:

A basic knowledge of key legislation affecting the manual handling of people, anatomy of the spine and how to reduce the risk of spinal injury by implementing safe lifting principles.

Basic knowledge of sitting posture.

Understanding the requirements and importance of risk assessments and moving and handling plans;

Risk assessing issues in relation to at-risk equipment e.g. bed side rails.

Knowledge of a range of safe manual handling assisted mobility techniques, i.e. assisted standing, walking, getting in and out of a

Basic Ability testing.

A familiarisation of manual handling equipment including walking aids, assisted standing equipment, slings, hoists and slide sheets and their safe

For the practical element participants attending should be fit, dressed appropriately and able to fully participate. Footwear should be flat/ low heel and closed in toes. No flipflops.



Training objectives

The aim of this course is to provide Occupational Therapy Assistants with:

  • Knowledge of safe moving techniques to protect their backs.

  • Relevant knowledge to review and check appropriate manual handling equipment.

  • Knowledge of safe assisted mobility techniques for clients and carers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session it is anticipated, candidates will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of legislation affecting Moving and Handling.

  • Have a basic knowledge of pieces of manual handling equipment and have knowledge of when they are being used incorrectly

  • Be able to demonstrate up-to-date practical skills in assisted movement techniques

  • Have a knowledge of unsafe practices in manual handling and understand why an injury may occur.


Additional Information
Start Date
Monday 14 October 2019
End Date
Monday 14 October 2019
Closing Date
Sunday 13 October 2019
09:45 - 16:30
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