Moving and Handling / Back care Advisor - #459779

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust


Date: Jun 23, 2022
City: Sheffield
Salary: £40,057 - £45,839 / year
Contract type: Part time
Work schedule: Full day
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
SHSC are looking to recruit an experienced Moving and Handling and Back Care Advisor to support the organisation in fulfilling the statutory requirements in relation to health and safety. This role will also support the development of skills knowledge and confidence within our workforce and ensure that where required, specialist advice and support is provided to help clinical teams manage complex moving and handling cases.



  • To co-ordinate and undertake Moving and Handling Training to all staff groups across SHSC.

  • To act as the Trust leads for all matters concerning Moving and Handling, including developing policies, procedures and safe systems of work.

  • To be responsible for all aspects of Moving and Handling training, including devising, delivering and evaluating the training.

  • To provide specialist advice and information on Moving and Handling issues for people and loads based upon expertise and current evidence based best practice.

  • Promote awareness of safe techniques that aid reduction in musculoskeletal disorders arising from work related activity.

  • To keep up to date with and appropriately apply relevant current and proposed health and safety legislation, case law, Acts of Parliament and new and emerging professional guidelines.

  • To play a key role in promoting the health, safety and welfare of all employees.

  • To advise on the investigation and reporting (internal and external, including RIDDOR) of all moving and handling related safety incidents

An exciting opportunity to join Team SHSC and our Physical Health Team has arisen. The team sits within the Nursing and Quality directorate and has close working relationships with a wide range of teams across the Trust including our IPC, Care Standards, medical devices, risk and patient safety teams and nursing leadership teams to mention but a few.



As a team we work collaboratively across a range of work programmes to support the development and delivery of high quality, person centred care. We are a supportive and friendly team where the growth, development and wellbeing of our team members is paramount.



You will definitely receive a warm welcome when you join our team and the wider teamSHSC.



Strategies and planning



Contribute to planning and organisation of SHSC Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategies and to the development of a broad range of standards relating to health and safety.



To regularly review and develop SHSC Moving and Handling Policies and Procedure to ensure compliance with the latest moving and handling guidance, current disability legislation and case law, standards and best practice and ensure safe systems of work are in place for moving and handling.



To contribute to the formulation and implementation of other SHSC HR Policies with ergonomic and moving and handling requirements.



To provide a framework for workplace ergonomic assessments to ensure consistency and assist with assessments when necessary and appropriate.



Provide reports and recommendations for a diverse range of moving and handling situations and activities and for a range of audiences.



Advise on health and safety related issues regarding current and future contracted services where these could affect SHSC staff, patients or visitors.



Analyse and evaluate complex and contentious information and situations to provide specialist advice on the risks to health and safety and prescriptive recommendations on the effective management of health and safety risks.



Training Needs Assessment, Design and Delivery



To design, plan and evaluate appropriate (patient/inanimate load) Moving and Handling training programmes for all staff that support the prevention of occupationally related incidents and musculoskeletal injuries.



To deliver theoretical and practical Moving and Handling training to all groups of staff. This will include appropriate risk assessment training for managers and bespoke training to meet specific needs – for example regularly demonstrating the use of hoists and other equipment in the workplace.



To provide specialist instruction and training for staff unfamiliar with Moving and Handling equipment.



Provide guidance and training as necessary to leads in clinical services who are responsible for supporting staff, patients and others with Moving and Handling.



To monitor attendance at training programmes.



To undertake audits of Moving and Handling practice and training records to inform future training activity.



Practice and Advice



To demonstrate effective body mechanics for the performance of handling practices, including hand, eye, body posture and positioning.



To act as a role model for Moving and Handling and promote a culture of safety.



To provide timely, specialist advice and assess risks, in conjunction with multidisciplinary teams and managers, where problems occur – for example the physical management of the bariatric patient.



To undertake comprehensive Moving and Handling risk assessments of patients with highly complex Moving and Handling problems and obtain experts advice to underpin recommendations.



To network with local, regional and national individuals within this field and colleagues in the local health economy.



To undertake research, develop specifications, trail and evaluate equipment and make recommendations to ensure equipment purchased is fit for purpose, adheres to the MHRA guidance and provides value for money.



To attend the SHSC’s Health & Safety and risk related committees and produce reports as required.



To work closely with individual service leads where particular physical problems arise within the services and to co-ordinate appropriate intervention on individual cases, in particular to reduce sickness absence and assist with rehabilitation to work.



To undertake work placement assessments to inform guidance to managers, including reasonable workplace adjustments.



Contribute to the development and management of Moving and Handling resources available on SHSC Intranet site, regularly reviewing and updating the site to ensure it is a functional resource available for use by all staff.



Incident Investigation, Management and Learning



To assist SHSC managers with post Moving and Handling incident investigations and report findings, conclusions and recommendations for corrective action to the relevant manager and the Health & Safety and Risk Review Committees.



To analyse, advise/make recommendations and provide solutions to problems/areas of concern for managers in respect of services. To advise on options, some of which may have financial implications for SHSC, to senior and line managers.



To work in conjunction with the Health & Safety and Risk Management teams in identifying trends and areas of concern.



Contribute to the SHSC’s Incident Reporting Policy and Procedures.



Play a role in the monitoring and review of adverse moving and handling related incidents across SHSC using Governance/ IT systems.



Investigate incidents on own initiative and on request, individually or as part of a team where appropriate, recommending actions to reduce the risk of recurrence.



Ensure all information from all adverse incidents is handled in a confidential and sensitive manner.



Contribute to the investigation of moving and handling incidents relating to civil and criminal legal cases against SHSC and liaise with other professionals within and external to SHSC (eg, Legal Services Department and NHS Resolution).



Contribute to the reporting of incidents to the Health and Safety Executive as required by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).



Performance Monitoring, Audits and Research & Development



Responsible for undertaking appropriate moving and handling audits to monitor the performance of SHSC.



Working with clinical services to develop action plans designed to improve performance against key indicators.



Attend relevant seminars/events and participate in Research and Development events facilitated by other organisations and statutory bodies (e.g Health and Safety Executive).



Routinely use information systems to produce professional/specialist reports and evaluate data and complex information (eg calculation of time weighted averages)

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