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Moving and Handling

Moving and Handling Training Courses

All Moving and Handling training courses are available for booking on eEES.

Please use this link to the training page for further information.

Moving and Handling Training – NHSGGC

Competency Assessment

This page outlines the Moving and Handling assessment approach within NHSGGC

All Induction (Foundation) courses remain the same, however, rather than providing refresher training for everybody irrespective of need, a process of assessment is used to identify where additional support may be required.

An overview of the approach and how it relates to the Acute Services and for Partnerships is provided.

People Handling Areas – moving and handling assessment information

Load Handling Areas – moving and handling assessment information

Bariatric Guidance and Equipment


NHSGGC Moving and Handling Bariatric Guidelines contain guidance related to moving and handling plus sized (bariatric) patients. Information about suitable equipment available within the main hospital sites is here (updated 18 March 2022).

Rental information for bariatric beds

The bariatric beds on the Clinical Therapy Bed Contract, including advice on which one to order and ordering instructions are in the resource folder. In addition to the bariatric beds, other specialist beds are also available on this contract, including low level beds and spinal beds 

Arjo rental phone number to order bariatric or low-level beds 08457 342000.

User guides for the bariatric and low level beds on the contract

User guides for the bariatric mattresses on the contract

Rental information for other bariatric equipment

This information is only available to NHSGGC staff who are logged into the NHSGGC network. It includes the process for ordering the equipment and the product lists for the companies used by us and is available here:


Moving and handling equipment service and LOLER inspection schedules

NHSGGC’s patient hoists and standing aids are currently serviced every six months by Drive DeVilbiss (Sidhill). When you go to use the hoist or standing aid, as well as your normal pre-use checks, if it does not have an up to date service sticker attached to it, please report this to your local estates department.

NHSGGC’s patient hoists, standing aids and slings are inspected as per the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), that is, every six months. Currently the inspections are undertaken by Zurich. When you go to use the hoist, standing aid or sling, as well as your pre-use checks, if it does not have an up to date inspection sticker attached to it, please take the equipment out of use and report this to your local estates department.

Bed Maintenance Programme

NHSGGC’s patient beds are serviced annually. This programme started in March 2018 and is currently undertaken by Drive DeVilbiss (Sidhill). When the bed has been serviced a label will be placed on the bottom of the bed frame towards the foot end left wheel.

Guidance on reporting faults to electric beds can be found here.

Moving & handling hoisting user guides

The sections below provide user guides for hoists, slings, beds and trolley’s in use within NHSGGC. At the bottom of this section are various short video clips related to the use of equipment

Passive Mobile Hoists

Passive Overhead Hoists

Active Hoists (Standing Aids)

Slings – Passive and Overhead Hoists

Slings – Standing Aids




Floor Recovery


PECOS Ordering – Slings and Sliding Sheets
Guidance Documents and Links

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

NHS Scotland

Professional Bodies

Policy Documentation – NHSGGC

Guidance Documentation – NHSGGC

Assisting with:

Safety Briefing Notes – NHSGGC 

These Notes are developed in response to incidents that have occurred or hazards that have been identified. They are designed to be used by Local Managers to communicate key safety messages to their staff, taking no more than two minutes. They can be presented in a number of ways including at handovers, safety briefings and staff meetings. Not all Notes will be relevant to all areas.

Course Handouts – NHSGGC

Moving and Handling Overview Video

Risk Assessment

The risk assessments are generic in that they will apply to a number of areas within NHSGGC. You can download them to be included in your ward / departments Health and Safety Management Manual. If you do so however, you must ensure that you have altered the generic principles of the risk assessment to your own specifc area, for example, you may have to take into account specifc risks associated with the environment you work in or the equipment you have access to.

Blank moving and handling risk assessment forms are available from the Health & Safety Policies, Guidance Documents and Forms pages.

This page will be added to as new assessments are received, if you have a risk assessment that you would like to add, please send it to

Musculoskeletal Guidance

Musculoskeletal disorders are problems affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or other soft tissues and joints. The back, neck and upper limbs are particularly at risk. The aims of the NHSGGC Guidance for Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) are to:

The document provides links to NHSGGC’s Occupational Health Physiotherapy return to work process and self referral service.

Information relating to treating minor musculoskeletal injures can be found at

In addition to the above, NHS 24 have developed a free App for people with a musculo-skeletal disorder called ‘NHS 24 MSK Help’. It is available from both iTunes and Google Play Store for Android and ‘i’ devices.