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Manual Handling & Ergonomics Advisor

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
7 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Manual Handling & Ergonomics Advisor

Department: Occupational Health and Wellbeing

Band 7 �43,743 - �50,056 per annum

We are an established Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department here at Milton Keynes University Hospital and we aim to continue to provide the best possible service to our staff teams. If you are an experienced Manual Handling & Ergonomics Advisor/Trainer, we have an exciting opportunity for you to build on the extensive work already carried out by our previous Manual Handling and Ergonomic Advisor.

Main duties of the job

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual who is passionate about Manual Handling to join our Occupational Health and Wellbeing Department as the Trust's Manual Handling & Ergonomics Advisor.

You will be involved in the maintenance and development of safe systems and processes and build on the existing service. You will take the lead on all matters related to musculoskeletal safety and seek assurance of compliance with our statutory duties, particularly in relation to the Manual Handling Operations Regulations, LOLER, PUWER and Display Screen Equipment Regulations.

You will be required to carry out all aspects of day-to-day operational activities related to musculoskeletal / ergonomic safety including training, incident investigation, RIDDOR, using our RADAR reporting system, risk assessments, advice, data collection and reporting and the promotion of best practice to support the advancement of a well-developed safer handling culture.

We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who have a clinical background and have a keen interest in staff and patient safety.

About us

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be the Trusts recognised competent person on matters relating to manual handling and ergonomics (clinical and non-clinical), demonstrating a working knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, subject knowledge and professional issues pertinent to the role of working within the limits of own competence.
  • To lead on delivery and implementation of policies and procedures in relation to manual handling and ergonomics including the Manual Handling & DSE Policies respectively. Ensuring these are up to date with current legislation and practice, periodically reviewed and audited and monitored for effectiveness.
  • To promote and develop a safety culture, delivering a strategy aimed at reducing musculoskeletal injuries within the Trust.
  • To manage and further develop the Trusts manual handling systems and processes in order that the highest standards are maintained.
  • To advise and support managers and staff in risk identification, risk assessment and risk reduction.
  • To support, develop, deliver, and evaluate practical and theoretical training in manual handling to ensure the Trust meets its statutory obligations under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (and any other relevant legislation)

Person Specification

Qualifications & knowledge


  • Post graduate qualification in a health based discipline or Health & Safety or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Patient handling teaching qualification
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Understanding of confidentiality in the workplace
  • Post graduate certificate in Ergonomics
  • Evidence of attendance at manual handling courses and health and safety training to maintain knowledge and skills
  • Understanding of confidentiality in the workplace


  • Diploma in Back Care and Manual Handling
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate
  • Membership of the National Back Exchange



  • Knowledge in Health & Safety legislation and experience of moving and handling and risk management
  • Experience of planning and delivering training programmes for manual handling / patient handling
  • Recent clinical healthcare experience (within 2 years)
  • Experience of managing projects at departmental level and Trust wide
  • Experience of delivering training in the fields of manual handling (clinical and non-clinical), risk management and safe systems including the demonstration of manual handling equipment in a variety of settings/group sizes
  • Knowledge of workplace muscuoloskeletal health issues, current best practice guidance and healthcare standards
  • Able to problem solve complex risk assessments demonstrating analytical and judgement skills
  • Able to analyse moving and handling risks and hazards in relation to clinical and non-clinical environments
  • Specialised knowledge of a wide range of moving and handling equipment including patient handling system and other equipment relating to healthcare environments
  • Knowledge of education and training evaluation methodologies


  • Auditing experience
  • Accident investigation experience
  • Experience of moving and handling activities specific to the plus-sized patient group and bariatric management
  • Experience of audits, audit methodologies, and research



  • Health and Safety legislation/ Healthcare section - procedures and guidelines
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and motivate others to bring about change and improvements to the clinical/ working environment
  • Communication and relationship skills, where agreement and co-operation is required


  • Achieved experience of health and safety legislation
  • Evidence of projects and or examples where leadership and motivation of others to bring about change

Personal & people development


  • Willingness to undertake training sessions to develop self and improve service provided to patients



  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Good telephone manner
  • Good all round communication skills
  • Good customer service skills

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Computer literacy

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust



Milton Keynes


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