Moving and Assisting People Safety

This course will introduce you to the underlying principles relating to moving and assisting.

This unit is designed for all staff who undertake the handling of people within a care environment. The programme complies with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended 2002). Manual handling regulations has specific criteria under the Health and Safety etc Act (HSAW) 1974.


By the end of this unit on the principles of moving and assisting safely and practice you will be able to:

  • State what is meant by the term moving and assisting
  • State the legal requirements relating to safer moving and handling at work.
  • Understand the bio-mechanics of the spine, and associated musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Demonstrate the principles of a moving and assisting risk assessment.
  • Understand some handling techniques.


Theory and practical

This course covers the following:


  • Legislation requirements
  • Spinal anatomy (Structure and function)
  • Causes of back pain
  • Client moving and assisting risk assessments
  • Principles of moving clients in a care situation
  • Risk factor analysis



  • Correct posture
  • Moving a person in bed
  • Moving a person in a chair
  • Transferring a person from bed to chair
  • Assisting a person to walk
  • Unassisted walk
  • Using a hoist (applicable to the individual care setting)
  • Using moving and assisting aids i.e. stand aid
  • Communication – ready, steady, stand (move, jump etc.)



Formative: Oral question and answers and observation of tasks

Summative: Competency test


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264



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