Patient Moving and Handling Train the Trainer Course

Course: 4 Day IOSH Approved Patient Moving and Handling Train the Trainer Course

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dates: July 2023

Attended by: Senior Carers at AS Care Ltd.

AS Care ltd provide a wide range of domiciliary services to assist and encourage patient independence within the home. They have been providing care and support services for over twenty years, helping individuals live their lives as independently as possible. Their service users include a varying range of caring needs due to complex diseases including diabetes, amputees, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and arthritis.

The company presently employs 180 people, and their area covers Wakefield, Leeds, and Bradford.

Eight senior carers attended the IOSH Approved People Moving and Handling Train the Trainer Course.  The course content included the topics below:


  • Reasons for Managing Handling Risk
  • Legislation
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy
  • Core Stability Muscles
  • Lever System
  • Injuries associated with moving and handling patients
  • Risk Assessments On-the-Spot Dynamic Risk Assessment and Rapid Entire Body Assessment
  • Controversial Handling Techniques
  • Slings and Hoisting


Where appropriate, each handling/transfer technique was taught using verbal prompting, with one person and then two people to assist.

For each specific disability the patient had, the trainer demonstrated to the trainees how to modify the handling/transfer technique.  For example, if you were to assist a patient who has a left knee joint replacement to sit down, you would ensure that the left foot was placed further forward than the right to prevent excessive knee joint flexion and therefore pain.

Pre-mobility assessment, which involves testing the muscular strength of the lower limbs to see if the patient can weight bear were taught.

  • Shuffling forward and backwards in the chair, using one person to assist
  • Sit to stand using verbal prompting, then use one person, and two people on either side of the patient.
  • Stand to sit using verbal prompting, using one person from the side, then two people from the side, then one person at the front together with a person at the side.
  • Walking with one or two people
  • Correct application and the removal of a slide sheet, including the log roll, and while lying supine
  • Moving the patient up and down the bed using the slide sheet
  • Lying to sitting without the use of a profiling bed, using two people
  • Lying to sitting over the edge of the bed without the use of a profiling bed
  • Applying the sling when seated and when lying supine
  • Applying the sling and hoisting from bed to wheelchair

End of course assessment included a theory assessment paper that requires a 60% pass mark, a practical assessment using two pieces of equipment, and a PowerPoint presentation.