The Manual Handling team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), which includes Carol Morton and Simon Lindsay, have been working along side other agencies to support safe manual handling both within the Trust and in the wider health community.
UHMBT recruit some Bank staff from the student nurses attending University of Cumbria. By building relations with the University, the Trust has observed and confirmed consistency of the training standards and content across both organisations and this has streamlined the process to allow university students to join the Additional Staffing Bank without having to re-undertake the Trust’s manual handling programme. This means that staff can begin working on the hospital’s wards more quickly.
UHMBT are also supporting the Lancaster St John’s Hospice Manual Handling Lead in setting up a Manual Handling Champions model. Some of the Hospice’s staff have already been involved in a training session, and have reviewed and refreshed some of their techniques to improve the manual handling experience for Hospice clients.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust called on UHMBT’s services a few months ago to help deliver manual handling training to their staff. The Trust continues to support them by providing training to staff and also aiding in the development of their newly appointed Manual Handling Advisor, who has recently come in to post.
A key part of the work that UHMBT are doing is helping to build a network of Manual Handling Champions across Morecambe Bay and the wider communities so that the collective delivery of safe manual handling training can be properly sustained for all patients and staff.