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Manual Handling Instructor Course - Patient Lifting Next Course - FETAC Level 6

Manual Handling TrainingNote: Due to the upcoming Health & Safety Authority's Implementation of the New Manual Handling Training System, this course is currently being redeveloped. Please see here for new course details

During this course, given by registered nurse tutors, candidates are trained in instruction skills as well as the theory and practical aspects of moving and handling patients. The course is intensive and highly interactive with participants practicing the techniques of instruction as well as those of safe manual handling. Demonstrations and ergonomic assessments also form a major part of the programme.

The course is delivered in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 (& subsequent amendments) that apply to Moving and Handling in the workplace. Implications of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (General Application) Regulations 2005 will be covered. The course adheres to the Health & Safety Authority’s Guidance relating to competent Manual Handling Instructors and Assessors. The course is ideal for nursing homes/hospitals who require their own in-house Manual Handling Instructor and Assessor.

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Assess the relative safety or danger of manual handling tasks 
  • Lift and handle patients and loads in a safe manner
  • Recommend preventative measures which can reduce the risk of injury
  • Identify ergonomic risks and recommend control measures
  • Instruct others on the theory and techniques of safe manual handling

Course Programme:

  • Legal aspects of manual handling
  • Anatomy & Biomechanics of the spine and muscles
  • How injuries occur
  • Guidance on fitness for the task & practical exercises
  • Instructional skills
  • Lifting and Moving Techniques
  • Recognising Hazardous loads
  • Maintaining a safe work environment during manual handling
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Manual handling accidents
  • Presentations by participants
  • How to Give a Manual Handling Course
  • Practical Tasks
  • Exam

Certification will be given on successful completion of the course and exam.