Patient Handling Instruction Refresher training is also referred to as: Patient Moving Instruction Refresher, People Moving Instruction Refresher, People Handling Instruction refresher. The aim of this Patient Handling Instruction Refresher training course is to update and refresh participants knowledge and skills for instructing colleagues to perform patient handling tasks safety.

The Patient Handling Instruction Refresher course is popular with: carers, healthcare, nursing home, hospital, and respite centre employees.

Available as an Onsite Course

Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives

The aim of this Patient Handling Instructor Refresher course is to refresh the participants knowledge and skills for delivering a patient handling course. It will help participants keep their skills up to date, check they are delivering the course correctly, and provide an opportunity for participants to ask the instructor any questions.

Course Topics
  • Recap on patient handling moves and techniques.
  • Discussion on their performance.
  • Practice of the moves and techniques.
  • Assessment of key moves and techniques.
  • Completion of test.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 & associated General Application Regulations 2007.

Regulation 68 of the 2007 regulations defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as: ‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.’

Regulation 69(a) of the 2007 Regulations

Under common law the employer has duty of care to employees to provide:
An employer must ensure that the workplace and environment of work are reasonaby safe for the employee.
An employer must ensure that the plant and equipement provided are safe and must also ensure that plant and equipment are maintained (e.g. inspection, tests must be undertaken as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
An employer must ensure the system of work is safe.
An employer must ensure that all employees are aware of their duties in relation to the safety, health and welfare of their colleagues.

Employers have duties imposed upon them to take appropriate measures or suitable means to avoid the need for manual handling of loads, example mechanical equipment. Manual handling often cannot be avoided, therefore, employers must look as measures to reduce the risk involved in the manual handling of loads.

Where the individual is the ‘load’ it is reasonable to assume the assistance of’manual handling’ could be hazardous – people can be unpredicable, present with complex physical, mental and behvioural attributes, may be on medication or have medical issues. There may well be instances when ‘avoidance’ is appropriate, It would not, however, be reasonably practical to say that people handling must be avoided at all costs to reduce the risk to the handler. The handler must not be left to undrtake this task without suitable assessment, guidance and training. This is seen as balanced-decision making.


A maximum of 10 participants can attend each Patient Handling Instruction Refresher training session.


Patient Handling Instruction Refresher training sessions are usually 2-days in duration.


On successful competition of the Patient Handling Instruction Refresher course participants will receive a House Certificate. 


Participants are required to renew their training by completing the course again. Renewals should happen before the certification expires, or sooner if indicated by their company’s risk assessment.

Course Entry Requirements

Participants must have a valid Accredited Manual Handling Instruction and Patient Handling Instruction certificate.

Site Requirements

For onsite training the client is responsible for providing beds, hoists and various patient moving equipment for the practical demonstration element of this course.

Public Course Dates

Summary Of Assessments
  • Practical assessment
  • Theory test

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