Assisting and moving

An elderly woman walking with a zimmer frame with a carers arm around her back

Moving and handling is a key part of the working day for most frontline workers; from moving equipment, laundry, catering, supplies or waste to assisting people to move.

Poor moving, and handling practice can lead to:

  • back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, which can lead to inability to work
  • moving and handling accidents – which can injure both the person being moved and the employee
  • discomfort and a lack of dignity for the person being moved.

Whether you're an employer, manager or employee, you must act to prevent or minimise the risk of injury and promote dignity.

Moving and handling training should include practical elements and not be limited to knowledge only. 

Our Recommendations for CQC Providers Guide has a section around induction related training, including further information about assisting and moving. The section includes:

  • what should be covered by the training
  • who should deliver the training
  • how competence should be signed off
  • recommended resources
  • which formal qualifications could be considered.

The guide can help you consider what needs to be covered with care workers to effectively induct them.

Moving and assisting training also forms part of the Care Certificate, the national standards which make new members of staff ready to practice.

We can also help you choose the right learning and the right learning provider for you. Our Learning and development guide can help you select the right learning for your staff and service.

We can also help you find high quality learning providers. Skills for Care Endorsement is a mark of quality given to learning providers who deliver high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

Search for an endorsed provider in our online directory.

Adult social care employers can claim back a contribution towards the cost of qualifications and learning programmes through our Workforce Development Fund (WDF).

The 2019-20 WDF provides funding towards the Level 2 Certificate in Assisting and Moving Individuals for a Social Care Setting.

Find out more here.