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March 16th, 2018

Moving and handling is part and parcel of the day to day working life of our support team and something we take very seriously at DoCare.Moving and handling

Not only is it important that we follow moving and handling procedures to keep our clients safe, but it is also important for the health of our support workers.

I’ve recently undergone six days training so I can join my colleague, Rachel, as a moving and handling trainer at DoCare. Six days sounds a lot – and there was a lot of homework too! – but there is so much to learn and when it comes to training others in this important area there are no shortcuts; procedures have to be followed to the letter.

All our new recruits have moving and handling training as part of their induction. They then have an annual refresher course, and if anything changes in the meantime – such as new regulations that come in, or if new equipment is introduced – they have further training.

We always carry out risk assessments for our clients and the staff who will be working with them, and we review all our moving and handling procedures; as client’s needs change, then so will the way we support them.

We use a wide range of equipment to assist our clients’ movement, and it is important that we know how to use it correctly and effectively.

Here are some of the tips that we pass on to our staff:

  • Let the equipment do the work – use its strength and not yours
  • The right way is the right way! Don’t use a different method which may be quicker or you risk injury
  • When making beds either move them (if they are on wheels) or walk around but do not stretch over them
  • Bring the profiling beds up to a good working height
  • For double up calls, where more moving and handling is needed, work together as a team.
  • Back pain may not be immediate but will be cumulative
  • If you experience any back problems, let us know and see a GP.

Also, we ask them to avoid:

  • Flexed or twisted postures
  • Remaining in one position for too long
  • Repetitive movements with one arm
  • Working with the arms outstretched – loads should be kept close to the body
  • Lifting heavy objects.

Moving and handling is just one of the many areas we cover during our staff training, and there is also scope for training for staff with specific areas of interest, such as palliative care and helping clients who have Parkinson’s. Informative, rewarding, sometimes challenging, and all part of what goes to making a great career in care.

This blog was written by Kate Townsend, DoCare Field Manager. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.