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Moving and Handling equipment

The type and amount of equipment needed will vary according to the specific needs of care service users. When providing equipment, providers should consider:

  • The needs of the individual – helping to maintain, wherever possible, independence.
  • The safety of the individual and staff.

Introduce equipment only after assessment and use in accordance with the care plan and manufacturer’s instructions.

Moving and handling equipment used for health and social care may be classified as medical devices. The supply and design of such devices or equipment is regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

» Click here for the full HSE regulation guidance


HCPA courses on moving and handling

HCPA have been informed by CQC, local monitoring and social work teams of needed improvements across providers in relation to Moving and Handling/Assistance Governance. Including and not limited to ensuring that all roles and responsibilities of staff are clear.

To support providers, achieve good quality Moving and Handling/Assistance Governance, HCPA has developed a new suite of courses for Trainers (trainers with a current Moving & Handling Training Certificate) and managers.

» Click here to book your space

Bed Prevention

The number of people being cared for in bed has increased, particularly following the pandemic. It’s important to be vigilant in ensuring residents or clients are not being cared for in bed unnecessarily. Even if it’s for short periods, they should get out of bed and maintain a routine of this.

The Bed Care Prevention guide is a tool that can be used by residential and nursing home staff to help decide whether a person should continue to be cared for in a bed.

» Download the guide here


Useful Resources 

HCPA – Moving and handling toolkit for Managers Click here
HSE – Moving and handling equipment guidance Click here
HSE – Moving and handling risk assessment Click here
Skills for Care – Moving and handling work manual Click here