Jo-anne Webb, University of Salford & Deborah Harrison, A1 Risk Solutions Ltd.
Manual handling of people is a practical skill that is used throughout health and social care, the training of staff has traditionally been a drain on resources. Manual handling training has not been standardised in frequency, quality or duration. It is often delivered in an adhoc and unstructured manner (Felstead and Angrave 2005) and techniques often fail to transfer into the workplace (Haslam et al. 2007). However, the implications of when systems fail in manual handling can have life changing effects on the employees, those being handled and the organisation. Training alone is not effective in reducing the risk of injury (Clemes et al. 2010); other factors affect the successful transfer of training into the workplace including the lack of opportunity and the time to practice (Ling et al. 2011).
The economic downturn has forced organisations to explore other methods of training delivery, such as e-learning, which is now becoming part of mainstream medical and health professional education (Ellaway and Masters; 2008: Miller et al, 2010). Few of these alternatives appear to fulfil the necessity for the practical element of manual handling training. Training reduction across public sectors, has been targeted generally as a means of realising savings, it appears little consideration has been afforded to the possible risk of litigation.
The workshop will explore the significant findings of research carried out by the University of Salford, considering the implication of the use of a multimedia system upon the future of manual handling. The workshop will discuss how the following risks can be affected; injury to employees and the risk of harm to patients. The workshop will also examine the results that impact other areas such as tissue viability, levels of supervision, recall of the task and levels of confidence.
This is of relevance for a range of professions within the healthcare community.
What is the purpose of your workshop?
To introduce a new evidence base and robust research methodology, supporting improved retention, skills development and confidence in moving and handling.
Who is your intended audience?
Ergonomists, Health and safety practitioners, Manual Handling practitioners, commissioners of training services, human resource practitioners and occupational health practitioners. The healthcare community in both academia and operational
What key skills, tools or knowledge do you want your participants to take away?
Increased awareness of common moving and handling errors that can be reduced using new technologies.
• Identify how new technologies can impact on manual handling skills development and reduce the risk of injury to handlers.
• Recognise the impact of new technologies on harm free care within healthcare setting, reducing the risk of injury to patients.
• Introduce a new evidence base and robust research methodology, supporting improved retention, skills development and confidence in moving and handling tasks.
• Appreciate the application of technology with a practical based skill such as manual handling.