Moving service users is one of the most important skills needed in the care industry. With the care industry being an industry “higher than average of musculoskeletal disorders”(HSE Statistics 2016/17). It is important that staff are given the correct training, knowledge and practical skills to undertake a task that in 2016/17 8.9 million days were lost due to work related musculoskeletal disorders.(HSE Statistics 2016/17)
DVD’s: are common practice in some environments, however the downsides is that staff retention is lost, missing potentially important information. The DVD can’t answer questions, sometimes specific to the needs of an individual service user. Demonstration and practical skills can’t be assessed or monitored.
Need First Aid Training provides a course tailored to suit the care industry at a time that suits the employer/home. The course is an active and busy four-hour session designed to protect the employer/company and their employees.
The first part of the course looks at the kinetics of lifting, Current Regulations and Legislation. The Spine, Ergonomics and Biomechanics. This is delivered by the trainer using a PowerPoint presentation alongside a question & answer sheet, which is completed by the candidates to show their knowledge and competency gained. This is then signed off by the trainer and available to place on their staff files to demonstrate to the employer and the CQC inspector the knowledge they have gained. The second part demonstrates, with group participation the use of various transfer techniques and equipment. Examples include; Transfer Belts, Turntables, Sliding Sheets and importantly equipment like the Hoist.
On completion of the course and identifying to the trainer safe working knowledge a certificate will be issued (valid for one year from the date of the course).
HSE – Getting to Grips with Hoisting People -Case example: Mrs W had been resident in a nursing home for two years. She was unable to weight bear or move independently. While being hoisted from a bath by a new care assistant who had not received training, and had not used that particular type of hoist and sling before, Mrs W slipped from the sling and fractured her shoulder. She died as a result of a subsequent pneumonia infection. The hoist and sling used required active participation of the resident and was not suitable for Mrs W, or for hoisting from a bath. Risk assessments and procedures for manual handling and bathing had, in general, not been brought to the attention of care assistants and supervision was inadequate. The company was prosecuted and fined £90 000.