Moving and handling courses & training

Mastering safe practices: The crucial role of moving and handling courses & training

In the dynamic landscape of healthcare and social care, ensuring the safety and well-being of both patients and caregivers is an ever-present priority. Among the foundational pillars of this commitment lies proficiency in moving and handling techniques. In this blog, Rose delves into lifting patients and repositioning them. These actions demand not only skill but also adherence to rigorous standards to prevent injuries and uphold dignity.

Key facts and statistics

  • According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for 44% of all work-related ill-health cases in the UK.
  • In the healthcare sector alone, MSDs make up a significant portion of reported injuries, with manual handling being a primary contributor.
  • Proper training in moving and handling techniques can reduce the risk of injuries, improve staff well-being, and enhance the quality of care.

Key definitions

  • Moving and handling courses encompass a range of skills and knowledge aimed at safely transporting and supporting individuals, often in healthcare, social care, and related settings. 
  • Techniques involve physical actions as well as considerations of ergonomic principles, risk assessments, and proper equipment use.

Relevant legislation, regulations, and best practice

  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) outline employers' legal responsibilities to assess and mitigate risks associated with manual handling activities. 
  • Additionally, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a general duty on employers to ensure their employees' health, safety, and welfare.
  • Best practice in moving and handling emphasises the importance of regular training, risk assessments, and the provision of appropriate equipment to minimise the risk of injury.

Understanding risks and hazards

  • Identifying common risks associated with moving and handling tasks. 
  • Exploring the potential consequences of inadequate training and improper techniques.

Legislation and compliance

  • Delving into the key provisions of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations. 
  • Highlighting the legal obligations of employers and employees to ensure compliance.

Ergonomics and risk assessment

  • Discussing the principles of ergonomics and their application in the workplace. 
  • Emphasising the importance of conducting thorough risk assessments to identify hazards and implement control measures.

Training and skill development

  • Outlining the components of effective moving and handling training programmes. 
  • Showcasing the benefits of ongoing skill development and refresher courses.


  • Prioritise investing in comprehensive moving and handling training for all relevant staff members. 
  • Implement regular risk assessments and reviews to identify improvement areas and ensure legislation compliance.
  • Foster a culture of safety and open communication, encouraging staff to report any concerns or incidents promptly.


In conclusion, mastering safe practices in moving and handling is not just a legal obligation but a fundamental aspect of delivering high-quality care. By equipping staff with the necessary skills and knowledge, organisations can mitigate risks, enhance staff well-being, and ultimately improve the overall quality of care. Let us commit to prioritising safety and proficiency in every aspect of our work.

Ready to enhance your team's moving and handling proficiency? Click here to explore our health and safety training courses at The Mandatory Training Group's ComplyPlus LMS™. Ensure your staff are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to deliver safe and effective care.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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