Patient Care Manual Handling Training
Advantage Injury Management Services has extensive experience in manual handling training for workers in the health industry who are handling patients, including nursing staff, paramedics and allied health professionals. The training is provided to ensure that employees are completing their work tasks in the safest possible manner and utilising equipment (including slide sheets, wheelchairs, walk belts, hoists) within the recommended safe guidelines. The training is provided by one of our qualified and experienced Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists.
The training will involve all patient transfer and care tasks that your employee will need to attend to in their usual work day. Our trainers will assess the competency of the employees performing each task safely and as recommended, and give instruction and demonstration of correct procedures. Patient Care Manual Handling Training is usually 1.5 to 2 hours in duration, depending on the number of participants in the group and the number of tasks being completed.
Training is best provided at your workplace, using standard work conditions and equipment, and is tailored specifically to the health care industry and patient handling. We recommend small groups to encourage maximum participation and to allow for careful assessment of each worker’s abilities.
Why provide tailored patient care manual handling training?
The main reason Advantage Injury Management Services recommends specific training for patient care is to assess and educate staff regarding safe manual handling practices specific to the work demands within the health care industry and consequently help to minimize the risk of injuries related to manual handling tasks. The aims of Patient Care Manual Handling Training are:
- Ensure worker is safe and competent in performing their work tasks.
- Review manual handling practices and procedures if concerns were previously raised during group manual handling training.
- Provide confidence regarding safe work postures and work procedures, specifically with respect to use of specialised equipment for patient transfers.
- Improve work skills and efficiency.
- Help identify manual handling risks in the workplace.
- Help to identify if the worker is at risk of injury due to incorrect techniques.
What does Patient Care Manual Handling Training involve?
- Practical and hands-on training completed at your workplace and with your usual patient handling equipment, including slide sheets, wheelchairs, hoists, walk belts.
- We ensure participation by the staff member by keeping training groups small and assessing and instructing each participant.
- We encourage problem solving of difficult tasks during the training session. In our experience, staff are more likely to implement safe techniques when they take ownership of the problem and solution.
When to use Patient Manual Handling Training?
- All new recruits.
- Mandatory annual manual handling training and assessment of staff members competency with Patient Care Manual Handling.
- Concerns regarding staff member’s competency with patient handling tasks.
- When a staff member is returning to work after injury, to ensure use of correct techniques.
- On implementation of new work procedures or new equipment.