Moving and Handling

Selecting Appropriate Techniques


- Ensure the safety of the patient and staff

- Minimise patient dependence


1. If there really is a need for moving and handling

2. Carry out a moving and handling risk assessment

Task Consider the involvement of risky movement, twisting, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, sudden movement of the load, team handling or seated work. Try and avoid or minimize the task itself and associated risk.

Individual Consider who could be/will be performing the task, injuries, previous injury and younger workers LoadThe person moving, balance, size, skin integrity

Environment Floor conditions, floor levels, space constraints and lighting

Other factors Protective equipment, help, hindrance?

3. Review the technique consistently, especially if

- There are changes in a patients condition

- Manual handling needs change

Overview of Techniques


- Ensure clothing (including footwear) are appropriate

- Ensure all participants are aware of the task, including the order of specific task and end position of the patient

- Get the equipment ready and in order, with required accessories

- Prepare the environment, clear route and access ways are clear, move objects, and the destination is ready

- Prepare client, explain what will happen and what they are expected to do. Ensure clothes, including footwear, are appropriate, ensure they have any aids they need

- Choose a lead caregiver

- Count down "ready, steady, move" prior to the task

Communication between caregiver and patient

- Talk through the steps prior

- Ask if OK as being moved

- Ask how they felt after the transfer

Sitting and Standing


  1. Check a patients weight-bearing status with colleagues, medical notes, the client and family if needed
  2. Consider hoisting if non-weight bearing, never put weight through a patients non-weight bearing leg

Supervising sitting repositioning

  1. Patient places feet flat of the floor and slightly under the chair
  2. Patient leans forwards so weight is over their knees
  3. Patient stands, moves as far back into the seat as possible OR pushes back on armrests and their feet to slide back into the seat

Supervising standing

  1. Patient places hands on armrests, feet flat of the floor and slightly under the chair
  2. Pt moves slightly closer to the edge of the seat
  3. Pt sits forwards, "nose over toes"
  4. If needed, the patient rocks backwards and forwards
  5. Patient leans forwards so weight is over their knees
  6. Carer counts down "ready, steady, stand". On stand, the patient pushes up into a standing position

Assistance Standing

  1. Caregiver adopts the lunge position, beside the patient
  2. Outside hand is flat on the front of patients shoulder, inside arm across lower back
  3. With weight starting on the back foot, carer rocks forward with the client
  4. Check clients arms are free and in front

Assistance Sitting

  1. Ask client to feel for chair on back of legs, reach for armrests and slowly lower themselves
  2. Encourage client to bend at the hips

Assistance Standing with a Hoist

  1. Apply hoist sling
  2. Position hoist sling
  3. Position hoist
  4. Position sling bar and attach sling straps to hoist
  5. Instruct client to stand
  6. Reposition hoist
  7. Instruct client to sit

Bed Mobility

Rolling in bed


  1. Patient turns head in direction of roll
  2. Patient flexes knee further from the direction of roll
  3. Places arm across their chest in direction of roll
  4. Client rolls over, pushing with outside of foot and reaching across body
  5. Client completes roll


  1. Patient turns head in direction of roll
  2. Patient flexes knee further from the direction of roll
  3. Patient crosses arms against chest
  4. Therapist stands in direction of roll and places one hand on furthest shoulder, other on the furthest hip
  5. Client is rolled onto their side

Sitting on the edge of a bed


  1. Patient turns to their side, facing the carer
  2. Patient places outside hand and inside elbow flat on the bed
  3. Client puts legs over the edge of the bed
  4. Uses hands and elbow to push up whilst lowering legs to floor

Slide sheets


  1. Place slide sheets underneath a bed sheet
  2. Keep edges of slide sheet to edge of the bed
  3. Push slide sheet under the patient, pushing down on the mattress
  4. Rolll client to the side and pull through the slide sheets

Pushing client up the bed with slide sheets AO2

  1. Apply slide sheets
  2. Place extra pillow at head of the bed
  3. Enter a lung position
  4. Patient pushes up the bed with their feet, whilst carers slide up the bed

Removing slide sheets

  1. Tuck in both sheets on one side
  2. In a lunge position, a therapist pulls out diagonally from the other side
  3. Place sheets neatly for next use

Lateral Transfers

Sitting to sitting


  1. Patient leans forward and slides to the front of the chair
  2. Client places leading foot in the direction they're going
  3. Patient reaches forwards to take the far arm of the chair
  4. The client pushes through their arms and legs
  5. Client transfers to the other chair
  6. Client lowers into chair

Therapist stays close by throughout

Assistance without an aid

  1. Assisted sit to stand (as above)
  2. Patient instructed to walk or step to another chair
  3. Patient instructed to reach for the armrests
  4. Patient sits down

Transfer board and slide sheets

  1. Beds moved together
  2. Side sheets positioned on transfer board
  3. Assistance to roll onto the side away from the direction of transfer
  4. Transfer board placed underneath the patient
  5. Patient rolled back to neutral
  6. Patient slide to target bed
  7. Transfer board and slide sheets removed


Applying a sling in bed

Therapist one:

  1. folds the sling with labels and handles on the outside
  2. Position the sling from the base of the spine upwards
  3. Feed the upper strap under the client's neck
  4. Fold the upper shoulder loop into sling and roll the upper portion of the sling into the space behind the client's back

Therapist two:

  1. Locate the loop from under the patient's neck and pull towards you

Both therapists:

  1. Pull slings towards themselves, removing creases
  2. Complete the sling positioning, crossing leg loops between legs

Applying a sling to a client in a chair

  1. Ask the client to lean forward in the chair
  2. Place the sling behind the client
  3. Ensure the bottom of the sling reaches the base of the spine and that the sling is positioned correctly
  4. Put the leg straps under each leg one at a time

Hoisting from bed to chair

  1. Lower the sling bar above the client's chest
  2. Attach the sling to the bar,
  3. Slowly raise the patient off the mattress
  4. Move hoist so the client is over the chair
  5. Place a hand on the sling bar whilst lowering the patient
  6. Remove the sling from the bar and move the hoist away
  7. Remove sling