This course is intended for those required to move children who require assistance with moving or who use a wheelchair.
This course introduces the problems, techniques and strategies for moving and handling children needing assistance with moving or who use a wheelchair.
Spinal anatomy and biomechanics will be linked to the problems of back care and posture.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 will be discussed and their relevance to the assessment of children needing assistance when moving or being moved.
Time will be devoted to demonstration and practice of current accepted good practice in moving children in a variety of care settings and situations, including unexpected situations such as falling. Seated transfers, eg, wheelchair/chair/toilet will be practised and use of wheelchairs discussed.
Mechanical aids will be demonstrated (eg, hoists), and a selection of small handling aids will be available for the group to use, including those suitable for use in cars/minibuses.
This course serves as an introductory session and ongoing monitoring and supervision in the workplace by management is an essential requirement under Health & Safety law.
By the end of the programme delegates will have an understanding of the problems, techniques and strategies for moving and handling children needing assistance with moving or who use a wheelchair.