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RoSPA Level 3 Award for Safer People Handling Trainers

Qualification number 603/0115/6

Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) continue to place a significant burden on employers and workforces across Great Britain, accounting for 44% of all work related ill-health. In 2014/15, 9,466,000 working days were lost (HSE).

In the health and social care sector 37 percent of cases of self reported illnesses are work related musculoskeletal injuries and 27 percent of cases of self reported non fatal injuries are caused by lifting and carrying 1.

Moving and handling is a key part of the working day for most members of the workforce working in the health and social care sector. Poor moving and handling practices not only cause back pain and work related musculoskeletal disorders which can lead to an inability to work, but can also cause discomfort and lack of dignity for the person being moved.

The risks associated with moving and handling can be reduced to both handlers and service users by providing appropriate training.


Designed and developed through consultation with employers, educators and subject experts from health and social care sector, the RoSPA Level 3 Award for Safer People Handling Trainers meets the needs of both employers and learners.

The purpose of this qualification is to support the role of the trainer in the workplace. Trainers are equipped with the skills to provide high quality training that meets legislative requirements and current best practice within the sectors that move individuals such as public services and health and social care.


This qualification consists of three mandatory units.

  • Unit 1 – Understanding the principles and practices of safe movement of people
  • Unit 2 - Application of safe practices to the movement of people
  • Unit 3 - Delivering a training session

The first unit develops learner's knowledge of the principles and practices that underpin the safe movement of people in the workplace. The second unit develops learner's knowledge and skills in the application of basic biomechanical principles and safe dignified practices to the movement of people within the work place. The final unit develops learner's knowledge and skills so that they can prepare, deliver and evaluate a training session.


All three units are mandatory and all must be passed to gain a qualification. The total qualification time (TQT) is 35 hours and guided learning hours (GLH) is 26 hours.

To find out more about this qualification please download the specification.


  1. www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/healthservices/index.htm