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Manual Handling Officer

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton Under Lyne
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Manual Handling Officer

An exciting part-time opportunity has arisen for a healthcare registrant to join our Clinical Skills Training Team to help improve manual handling practice across our Trust.

We are looking for a pro-active and adaptable individual with excellent communication skills and experience of delivering specialised training, advice and support relating to the moving and handling of people and objects.

Working between 18.75 to 22.5 hours per week (either Monday to Friday or over three agreed days), you will:
  • design and deliver manual handling training and associated courses
  • prepare written reports for the Health & Safety Committee and other key decision making groups
  • complete complex staff risk assessments
  • develop and lead on clinical audits and
  • develop and review policies and procedures.

For an informal chat about this role do reach out and contact Andrea Powers Lead Clinical Education and Training Practitioner 0161 922 4366

Main duties of the job

  • Deliver practice based formal or informal training which is aligned to the Trust Core Clinical Skills Matrix which is inclusive of divisional and specialty requirements
  • Work in conjunction with Clinical Training Team (CTT) based in Education Training and Development (ETD)
  • Coordinate the delivery of Manual Handling mandatory training topics by providing classroom and practice based training and competency assessment
  • Ensure all training delivery is standardised, follows best practice and delivery is underpinned by knowledge of learning styles and theories
  • Assess competence in practice and link centrally with the Education and Training Team to ensure that training is recorded on ESR

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+& Disabled people.

Benefits include flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Act as the competent person responsible for Moving and handling and assist the trust in meeting its legal obligations under health and safety legislation
  • Take overall responsibility for the provision of appropriate moving and handling training to all employees of the Trust. Ensure that appropriate moving and handling training is in place to meet the needs of the various clinical and non-clinical services to assist the Trust in demonstrating its compliance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended, and to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and other service users
  • Be responsible for operational management of the moving and handling work stream including coordination of manual handling trainers

Assess training needs and be responsible for planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation of all types and levels of the full range of Manual Handling courses across the Integrated Care Foundation Trust (ICFT) as per CSFT and National Back exchange guidelines

Develop moving and handling policies and procedures that support legal requirement, national programmes and local initiatives

Undertake musculoskeletal disorder, Display screen equipment and moving and handling risk assessment and provide where appropriate advice and instruction to staff, Occupational Health and Trust managers and lead on the protection and enhancement of staff musculoskeletal health

Upon referral from Occupational Health, Departmental Managers and ward based staff, assess patients and service users with complex moving and handling needs, providing advice, recommendations and equipment as appropriate

Ensure teaching practice and clinical techniques employed and demonstrated by you comply with current good practice, organisational, regulatory, professional policies, protocols and guidance.

Ensure that you signpost staff to appropriate training and assessment and that clinical and non-clinical staff maintain safe and correct moving and handling techniques.

Report to the Health & Safety regarding the delivery of moving & handling services

Develop, implement, monitor and manage moving and handling policies and operating procedures to ensure the Trust meets moving and handling compliance relating to Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF), National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA), and Commission for Quality and Care (CQC) requirements

Key stakeholder for the commissioning and procurement of manual handling equipment and accessories for the Trust, including the subject matter expert advisor for selecting suppliers taking into account cost, quality, delivery time and reliability

Exercise professional integrity and sound clinical decision making particularly when challenging colleagues regarding the quality of services provided.

Monitor and measure moving and handling competencies within Trust services against national standards

Establish professional relationships at all levels of the organisation, and work closely with all Occupational Health Personnel, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Learning & Development and Clinical Engineering.

Communicate and liaise with external organisation, i.e. HSE, other NHS/non NHS bodies, agencies, contractors, consultants and companies, as needed.

Deliver presentations at meetings, briefings, steering groups, and other events to raise awareness of the moving and handling strategy.

Advise all wards and departments as regards the provision for all aspects of Moving and Handling and communicate and act as an intermediary between staff and patients where necessary

Through assessment be able to direct clinical staff with decision making supported by best practise and legislation, when developing care packages for patients in hospital and in preparation for discharge

Undertake appropriate audits to measure the quality of the moving and handling service work streams and training standards

Ensure curricula, syllabus and training materials are regularly updated in line with best practice and in line with different learning styles.

Develop innovative ways of teaching and enhancing the learning environment for staff

Develop the use of alternative or enhanced methods of training delivery via a range of available media

Optimise ward/locality based education in the delivery of training using experiential learning and simulation where possible

Foster an integrated approach to training and shared learning across both the education service and multi-disciplinary team.

Ensure a blended learning approach to training including classroom training, training in situ, e-learning and virtual teaching dependent on the needs of the organisation, individual service and clinician.

Responsible for ensuring appropriate training models and consumables are provided as per training requirements and for the maintenance of specialist equipment within the clinical training and simulation rooms

Provide direction to the administrative team who coordinate and organise Manual Handling and clinical training courses and bookings
  • Provide cross cover for Adult and Paediatric Basic Life Support in the absence of other education team members.
  • Participate as required in visits and audits from regulatory bodies

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • UK Registered Clinical Professional
  • Patient handling Certification
  • Teaching qualification or equivalent experience



  • Experience working as a registered professional in healthcare setting utilising MH


  • Previously delivered Manual Handling Training



  • Evidence of experience in risk assessment
  • Excellent written presentation skills evidenced by content of application form



  • Evidence of continuing CPD and willingness to develop self and others
  • Evidence of expert knowledge of health and safety legislation

Personal attributes


  • Appears via application to be motivated and enthusiastic

Employer details

Employer name

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Tameside Hospital

Fountain Street

Ashton Under Lyne


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