Safer People Handling Hoist

Learn about the important role played by hoists in the moving of people.

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The key to safer people handling is not only an awareness of handling techniques and the correct use of equipment, but also an understanding of how moving and handling is part of health and safety for everyone - carer, patient and client - and how these fit into the wider context of risk management. The moving and handling of people is a practical science, employing similar principles to those used in everyday manual handling.

Hoists play an increasingly important role in the safe moving and handling of people. Coupled with the growing complexity and diversity of hoists, this means that adequate safety training is now more important than ever.

  • Provides delegates with the knowledge of current legislation and case law impacting on practice relating to use of the hoist
  • Delegates will gain knowledge of the types of hoists and slings that are available as well as gain the ability to conduct a hoist and sling assessment
  • All delegates that complete the criteria of this course, will we awarded a RoSPA Training Certificate.

Discounts are available for RoSPA Members.

The aim of this occupational safety training course is to provide delegates with the practical skills and knowledge required for training and educating others in the theory and practice of hoist use in health and social care settings.

On completion of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the legislation relevant to the use of a hoist and its attachments
  • Explain current best practice relating to hoist use
  • Describe the range of patient/client lifting equipment available
  • Explain the need for a balanced approach in relation to human rights and health and safety legislation when using a hoist
  • Explain the importance of a written assessment process and documentation in relation to the justification and clinical reasoning behind the selection of a type of hoist and sling for a person
  • Explain the importance of recording a safe system of work for employees to follow when using hoists
  • Explain the importance of applying the principles of safer handling when using a hoist and fitted sling
  • Fit hoist slings and operate the hoist for a variety of tasks incorporating all safety checks.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at those who have responsibility for implementing safe systems of work for people handling, and those responsible for training and supervising staff using hoists. It is also suitable for practitioners who may manage equipment.

Further information

Delegates must have attended the RoSPA patient manual handling trainers course – Level 4 or equivalent with the last three years, and have a recognised training qualification or extensive training experience.

Course Content

  • Overview of current legislation
  • Case law impacting on practice relating to hoist use
  • Types of hoist and sling available
  • Safety aspects of a hoist
  • Hoist and sling assessment and selection
  • Sling compatibility
  • Documentation and handling plans
  • Recap of the principles of safe handling
  • Practical workshops incorporating sling fitting and operation of a range of hoists
  • Problem solving.


All those who successfully complete the training will be awarded a RoSPA Certificate of Training.

Location Duration Price Member's Price Dates
Birmingham 1 Day £280 £250


All prices are subject to VAT.

Having an employee with knowledge of how to use hoists when moving and handling people has a number of benefits. Most obviously, it will allow your organisation to reduce and minimise bad practice for the resident/client and carer. The delegate will also gain knowledge on safety aspects of the hoist as well as hoist and sling assessments and which sling is most compatible.

In-company Training

More and more organisations are now using an in-house approach to deliver training to their colleagues. RoSPA is one of the UK's main providers of in-company safety training and can deliver existing courses, adapt a course to meet your requirements or create a course specifically for you.

RoSPA can even carry out a training needs analysis and map out exactly what training your staff need at all levels within the business. You can view our full range of In-company Training courses by looking at our In-company Training page.

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