Patient Handling Instruction training is also referred to as: Patient Moving Instruction, People Moving Instruction, People Handling Instruction.

The aim of this Patient Handling Instruction training course is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude  to instruct colleagues to perform patient handling tasks safety.

The Patient Handling Instruction 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

Rates of musculoskeletal injuries from overexertion in healthcare occupations are among the highest of all industries and manual handling is the most commonly reported accident trigger in the healthcare sector.  Manual handling injuries in healthcare result both; patient handling, and the manual handling of inanimate loads.

These injuries can have a significant impact on resources in terms of absenteeism and costs from claims arising from such incidents. Patient Handling training can help to reduce injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders. Reducing injuries not only helps workers, but also will improve patient care and the bottom line.

Upon successful completion of this Patient Handling Instruction course participants will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to:

  • Explain the patient handling risk assessment process.
  • Describe a range of controls to avoid and reduce the risk of injury associated with patient handling.
  • Apply the main principles of manual handling to a range of patient handling tasks.
  • Carry out a range of appropriate patient handling techniques to include transferring, supporting, gliding, sliding, rolling, sitting and standing.
  • Analyse the learner’s performance of patient handling techniques.
  • Develop patient handling training programmes, to include lesson plans.
  • Give effective instruction in practical patient handling techniques.
Course Topics
  • Patient Handling Risk Assessment
  • Patient Handling Principles and Techniques
  • Planning and design of People Handling Training courses
  • Delivery of People Handling Training

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 training session.


Patient Handling Instruction training sessions are 3-days in duration.


On successful competition of the Patient Handling Instruction course participants will receive an Accredited Certificate. The certification does not have a definite expiry date.


Participants are required to refresh their training by completing the Patient Handling Instruction Refresher course or relevant ongoing  continuous professional development.

The Patient Handling Instruction training course certification does not have a definite expiry date, but participants must keep their skills and competence up to date through relevant continued professional development (CPD).

  • It is strongly recommend that participants complete either refresher training every 3-years.
    If choosing the Patient Handling Instruction Refresher course route, It is best practice for the participant to complete the manual handling instruction refresher course every 3-years, but at least every 5-years (as after this point they wont be accepted onto the refresher course.
  • Alternatively, continuous professional development (CPD) will be important for instructors to maintain their competence and to remain up to date with ongoing developments in the area of manual handling and people handling. CPD can take any form including attendance at conferences in the subject areas or other relevant training. There is no specific time period as to when CPD should occur. Typically CPD is ongoing.

Course Entry Requirements

Participants must have a valid Accredited manual 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
  • Project 

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