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Safer People Handling Hoist

Providing knowledge of current legislation and hoist use in health and social care settings

What is hoist training for carers?

This 1 day hoist training for carers course is designed to provide 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.

Why take hoist training for carers?

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) require that all lifting equipment must be properly planned and supervised by an adequately trained employee and businesses must comply with these regulations. The aim of this moving and handling 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.

Who should carry out hoist training for carers?

This 1 day hoist training for carers 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.

"Excellent presentation of a difficult subject. Very useful practical sessions and good earning/teaching styles were used to explain subjects. Overall very good indeed."

Aftab Nawaz
Health & Safety Officer - Bosch Thermotechnology UK Ltd

Why study with RoSPA?


Feel comfortable moving people using hoists


Flexible study options to suit your needs – including COVID secure classrooms


Run by professional safety practitioners with excellent track records in training delivery


Real and practical benefits that delegates take back to their organisation

What does the hoist training cover?

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

Where can I take hoist training for carers?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes. You can attend a course at one of our training centres or have the course delivered in your workplace.


Our training centres allow you to get away from the distractions of the workplace and focus on your qualification


We can visit your workplace and deliver the course at a time and place to suit you. This is an effective way of training several delegates at the same time, saving on time and travel costs

"The tutor’s knowledge and skills were passed on in a friendly and supportive manner, taking the time to answer questions and back this up with real life examples. He even made the course interesting and I learned and retained lots and lots to pass on to my delegates."

Iwan Martynyszyn
NHS Birmingham

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+44 (0)121 248 2019
RoSPA House, 28 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 1RP, UK
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