Moving & Handling Officer

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking for a new challenge and to develop your expertise, knowledge and skills in moving and handling?

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our small moving and handling team as part of the Health & Safety Services Department.

We are looking for a dynamic self-starter to support the implementation of our moving and handling strategy; you will be instrumental in the development of the service, provide advice, support and training directly to staff and managers and be able to write reports and investigate accidents/incidents.

The Health & Safety Services Department is a passionate and enthusiastic small group of specialist advisers, officers and trainers who advise and support the Trust to keep its staff safe whilst at work. There are three key teams in the department for Moving & Handling, Health & Safety and FFP3 Resilience and we work Monday to Friday during core business hours (8am to 5pm), with some occasional out-of-hours working and training.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as a role model and competent person for moving and handling, supporting the Moving & Handling Adviser and Head of Health & Safety (H&S) Services.
  • Provide comprehensive moving and handling and ergonomic guidance and support services to all managers and staff within the Trust.
  • Support the delivery of moving and handling training programmes via e-learning, face-to-face courses and direct clinical/patient care requirements.
  • Facilitate and support the inspection and audit programmes for moving and handling to measure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Contribute to the analysis of data, audits and compilation of reports to Divisional Governance teams and Corporate H&S Committee (CHSC).
  • Deputise for the M&H Adviser for meetings, senior management training and presentations if required.
  • You'll be a self-starter with experience in acute healthcare.
  • You'll have a proactive approach to managing and prioritising your workload with flexibility and ability to work under pressure, with competing tasks and to tight deadlines.
  • You pay attention to detail in your work and have a methodical approach to tasks.
  • Some of your work will be of a sensitive and confidential nature so you will be expected to maintain confidentiality and trust.

You will have excellent interpersonal and communication, organising and planning skills, together with very good IT skills being proficient in all Microsoft Office applications.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trust's in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You'll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

Job description

Job responsibilities

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

UHS is rated Good by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 12th June 2023.

Ability to access suitable transport to be able to work at other trust sites and locations.

If youre interested in applying for this role, wed encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if youre ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

Person Specification

Qualifications / training required


  • Graduate or Post Graduate Diploma in Back Care/Ergonomics or equivalent qualification or skills
  • Training and education qualification e.g. PTLLS, Cert Ed
  • Moving & Handling Trainer qualification e.g. ROSPA, City & Guilds, IOSH
  • Evidence of relevant continuing educational and professional development


  • Membership of National Back Exchange

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Experience of working in an acute healthcare setting
  • Experience of providing advice and guidance to healthcare staff at all levels
  • Sound knowledge of current legislation relating to health and safety and moving and handling
  • Experience in designing and delivering moving and handling training to all levels and abilities
  • Experience of completing moving and handling risk assessments and patient profiles
  • Experience of investigating accidents

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to negotiate and influence staff at all levels
  • Very good analytical and practical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyse complex patient handling needs to enable safe moving and handling
  • Ability to assess, make judgments and advise on moving and handling and back care
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines, sometimes at short notice
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload, using own initiative
  • Ability to multitask to meet multiple service needs
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to work with staff across all professions (including senior management)

Special requirements of the post


  • Can communicate well with large groups as part of formal training and in meetings
  • Can adapt and work flexibly according to the demands and needs of the service
  • Can maintain confidentiality and trust
  • Can work unsupervised and manage own workload
  • Can access suitable transport to work at other Trust sites/locations

Values and behaviours


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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