Patient Handling

Patient HandlingThe programme will enable learners to deliver Patient Handling. It will ensure competency in the preparation of Patient Handling assessments.

Delivery of this programme may be in-house or is offered on a public basis in venues around the country. The facilitation of the program will consist of a variety of lectures, practical demonstrations and student centred learning.

With a duration of 1 day this programme may provide transfer to other awards.

Learner Profile
This programme is open to all learners specifically those who have a responsibility in health & safety within their work environment.

How many will be in the class?
To ensure maximum participation and to enable each student gain the most out of the day, we are adopting the ratio of a maximum of 10 students per course.

What certification will I receive?
Successful students will receive a Patient Handling certificate.

It is our belief at Kelron, that people learn more when they are involved. We therefore will encourage each student to define their specific requirements and then design the course content where possible to address their needs.

What do I need to provide before the course?
You need to fill out the booking form which is available at the bottom of this page.

To comply with relevant provisions of 2005 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act and 2007 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, employer should provide safe equipment and training in its use and employees should be able to recognize risks associated with their day-to-day duties. This particularly applies to your Organization, if you have employees who are involved in manual handling of people.

There are two modules in the Patient Handling course:

Module 1 (morning session) – Manual Handling. The following subjects are covered:

  • Legislation
  • Structure of the Spine
  • Injury to the Spine
  • Fitness
  • Ergonomics
  • Principles of Safer Moving & Handling
  • Practical exercise

Module 2 (afternoon session) – Patient Handling. The following subjects are covered:

  • Discussion on client/patient ability to communicate and their physical capability, for example, how much assistance do they need?
  • Demonstration in safe moving techniques: bed height, slide sheets, banana board, transfer belts, pushing and pulling wheelchairs, use of hoists (if applicable).
  • Lecture on Ergonomics.
  • How to carry out a Risk Assessment on the Task, Individual, Load (animate and inanimate), and the Environment.
  • Group discussion on course, and question time.

Benefits of completing Patient Handling course:

  • Employees will be able to recognize manual handling hazards (both inanimate and animate);
  • Prevention of back injury;
  • Compliance with current health and safety legislation.


Booking Form

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    *Preferred Venue and Date

    In the unlikely event of a course failing to reach any minimum student number, you will be offered a full refund or a place on the next available course.

    Irish Safety & Health Trainers Network