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Moving and Handling Risk Advisor

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Moving and Handling Risk Advisor is a vital role within the clinical practice team at University Hospital Dorset (UHD) in supporting the Falls, Moving and Handling Lead to ensure the organisation has an effective framework and infrastructure to meet the statutory and mandatory requirements relating to moving and handling legislation.

The successful candidate with be extremely passionate about moving and handling and have excellent communication skills to engage with our patients, families, carers, communities, public and clinical teams using a collaborative approach to deliver and sustain improvements in moving and handling.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents which are attached to this advert.

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

The post holder will :
  • Work closely with both clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure the trust achieves high standards for safe moving and handling.
  • Actively promote the prevention / reduction of harm for patient moving and handling injuries in the workplace through support, evaluation and audits of incidents across the Trust.
  • Co-facilitate all aspects of training in patient moving and handling trust wide.
  • The post holder will have direct clinical involvement and as a member of the Chief Nursing Officer directorate and will be responsible for providing clinical advice and support for staff teams.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued team mates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

In some cases this means that a services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have at interview.

At UHD we value the contribution every colleague brings underpinned by our clear set of Values. Its an exciting time to be joining the Trust as we continue to build our teams and a real opportunity for the post holder to make a significant difference.

Having held a moving and handling role or a similar position or looking to use your current experience gain further in a large complex organisation, you will demonstrable experience of directing and implementing teaching plans, delivering training as well as possessing proven track record of moving and handling skills and knowledge in the workplace.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Alongside acting as a role model in promoting best practice in moving and handling. The main responsibilities of the role include:
  • Leading on the development of implementation of moving and handling mandatory training programmes for clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Assisting managers and senior clinical staff in the development of moving and handling processes and Directorate/ Department/ ward risk registers as required.
  • Providing specialist training programmes to support safe moving and handling practice and patient safety.
  • Providing an advisory service on the safe handling of complex patients as required, whether via the telephone or in person.
  • Providing an advisory service to the procurement teams in relation to the purchase of equipment
  • Undertake and support managers and clinical staff in investigating LERN incidents

Person Specification



  • Recognised healthcare professional - Nursing, Healthcare Assistant, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy
  • 1st Level degree
  • People Handling and Risk Assessment Train the Trainer qualification (ROSPA Level 4) or equivalent training qualification, e.g. Edge training
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) / Certificate in Education and Training (CertEd)


  • Moving and Handling Champion/ Resource Link



  • Significant experience in providing Moving and Handling training and advice.
  • Experience in undertaking RCA investigations, moving and handling risk assessments and clinical audit


  • Member of National Back Exchange



  • Detailed (Practical and Theoretical) in patient handling, mobility assessments and care planning
  • Ability to teach and assess all levels of staff training and competency including junior staff and students, junior doctors, consultants and nursing and AHP staff groups



  • Proven Management Skills

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