CSTF People Moving and Handling (Healthcare) - Level 2

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    CSTF People Moving and Handling (Healthcare) - Level 2 | Online Training Course | CPDUK Accredited

    Course Duration

    180 minutes

    CPD Hours

    3 hours


    CPD Certification Service


    CPD Certificate

    Certificate Validity

    2 Years

    Who is the course for?

    This online CSTF people moving and handling level 2 course is designed for healthcare staff, including clinical, non-clinical, unpaid and voluntary staff, whose roles involve patient-handling activities. It is tailored to meet the needs of those seeking to enhance their competence in safely moving and handling patients within health and social care settings.

    Course content

    This accredited CSTF people moving and handling e-learning course covers the following:


    • Setting the stage for the in-depth exploration of advanced moving and handling techniques and principles.

    Section 1 - Moving and handling Level 1 recap

    • This section briefly reviews critical concepts from Level 1 to ensure that foundational knowledge is solidified.

    Section 2 - human spine

    • This section examines the structure and function of the human spine, underscoring the importance of protecting this critical area during moving and handling activities.

    Section 3 - Biomechanics and ergonomics

    • This section provides insights into the science of human movement and the application of ergonomic principles to reduce the risk of injury.

    Section 4 - Safe manual handling principles

    • These are core principles for ensuring the safety and dignity of healthcare workers and patients during manual handling.

    Section 5 - Care planning and recordkeeping

    • The role of effective care planning and meticulous recordkeeping in personalised and safe patient care.

    Section 6 - Risk assessment and management

    • Strategies for assessing and managing risks associated with moving and handling in healthcare environments.

    Section 7 - People moving equipment

    • Detailed guidance on properly using equipment designed for safe patient movement.

    Section 8 - Controversial techniques

    • This section discusses controversial techniques within the field and provides guidance on best practices.

    Section 9 - Dealing with a falling or fallen person

    • Protocols for responding to falls to minimise harm and facilitate recovery.


    • A concise overview of the key learnings from the course.

    References and resources

    • Additional materials for further exploration of course topics.

    End of course assessment

    • An assessment to evaluate understanding and application of the course material.

    This course aligns with the UK CSTF, adhering to CQC, Care Inspectorates, and health and social care regulations across the UK. It equips participants with essential knowledge and skills for effective people moving and handling, meeting high healthcare standards.

    Course aims

    The aims of this CSTF people moving and handling online course are to:

    • Enhance understanding of the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of moving and handling people in healthcare settings.
    • Develop practical skills in safely handling patients, using an array of equipment and techniques, supported by an understanding of risk assessment and ergonomic principles.

        Learning objectives

        This CSTF people moving and handling online training course will:

        • Discuss employer and employee responsibilities under relevant safety legislation.
        • Examine handling and moving risk factors.
        • Review dynamic risk assessments, including when and how to conduct them.
        • Discuss how to maintain muscle and bone health.
        • Establish how to use people moving equipment appropriately and safely.
        • Discuss safer moving and handling principles.
        • Review how biomechanics and ergonomics affect moving and handling tasks.
        • Discuss the different types of lifts that are prohibited in health and social care settings.

            Learning outcomes

            On completion of this CSTF moving and handling people course, the learner will be able to:

            • Outline moving and handling risk factors.
            • Explain employers' and employees’ responsibilities under relevant national health and safety legislation.
            • Outline the principles of safer moving & handling.
            • Demonstrate the principles of using an ergonomic approach for moving and handling activities to support musculoskeletal health.
            • Describe the factors to consider when undertaking a dynamic risk assessment before carrying out a moving and handling activity.
            • Demonstrate suitable risk control strategies and resources to facilitate good practice following a risk assessment appropriate to the activity and individual’s role.
            • Identify their own organisation’s risk management processes to inform safe systems of work.
            • Identify the support available to facilitate good practice.
            • Demonstrate the application of safer moving and handling principles when using the range of equipment relevant to the individual’s job role and setting.
            • Demonstrate safer handling strategies relevant to them and their role.
            • Demonstrate safe, dignified approaches for moving and handling activities that promote patient independence and functional mobility.
            • Demonstrate an awareness of normal human movement patterns when moving and handling people.
            • Demonstrate an understanding of person-centred risk assessment to determine safer patient handling techniques, using the multidisciplinary team where appropriate.
            • Demonstrate a range of practical skills relevant to the needs of the patients in their care and the individual’s job role.
            • Demonstrate the safe use of the range of equipment relevant to the needs of the patients in their care, the individual’s job role and the setting.

            These outcomes are designed to align with the UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) and meet the standards set by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Care Inspectorates, and other health and social care regulations across the UK.

            Accreditation and Certification

            The CSTF people moving and handling eLearning course is externally peer-reviewed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Successful completion awards a CPD certificate valid for two years, meeting the standards of the Health Trust Europe (HTE), Crown Commercial Services (CCS), and the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) frameworks.

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              Why is the course important?

              The CSTF people moving and handling (healthcare) level 2 e-learning course is pivotal for healthcare professionals involved in patient handling. It deepens their understanding and skills beyond basic practices, emphasising the safe movement of patients to prevent injuries.

              Covering advanced topics like biomechanics, ergonomics, and the use of specific equipment, this training ensures patient dignity and safety while complying with legal and health standards. It’s essential for enhancing care quality, meeting UK CSTF, CQC standards, and safeguarding both staff and patients in various healthcare settings.

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