Manual Handling

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is the transportation or supporting of a load including a person by hand or bodily force including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying and moving.

Sometimes though, Moving and Handling is used to refer to the moving and handling of people.

The provision of any moving and handling must be underpinned by an assessment that outlines how care will be delivered for individuals. This means that moving and handling can be delivered by one person or multiple people. In Angus HSCP we are supporting a risk assessed care approach as this takes into account the variances in how care can be delivered.

What are the standards we are working too?


All Individuals undertaking manual handling are competent to do so.   Employers have suitable and sufficient training and systems to identify specific learning needs of employees, ensure employees complete modules contained within the Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme, that employees are up to date with their knowledge and record training completed in line with the Scottish Manual Handling Passport requirements. Informal carers and family members are also supported and undertake safe moving and handling practices.


People are supported to maximise their aspirations and potential and in doing so optimise their independence and life choices.


There will be no avoidable injury or harm to people when undertaking manual handling.


Quality Service Standards and the Scottish Manual Handling Passport are adhered to and that there are systems in place to audit, monitor and review manual handling arrangements, the way we do things is continuously improving and customer satisfaction levels are high.


Arrangements are in place to adequately control the risks from manual handling activities for everyone involved and there is commitment and support to adhere to manual handling policy and strategy in Angus.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) and Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme require employers to reduce risk of injury to employees where a risk is identified in a manual handling assessment. Employers have a responsibility to ensure manual handling assessments are completed and employees are trained in manual handling to reduce those risks.

What does it mean for people?

People want to feel safe when they are moving around their home or when they are completing everyday tasks. As people’s physical health conditions change, moving around and/or completing transfers on/off a chair or in/out of a bed or up/down the bed or self care tasks can become more difficult. In these circumstances people may need to accept they need support from someone else, multiple people and/ or use equipment.  We know that people need to have confidence in the equipment being used as well the person or people assisting them. People also want to feel involved with decisions made being about them and how their needs will be met.

What does it mean for paid carers?

People providing care want to receive the right training and support from their employer to enable them delivering safe care. Paid carers want to ensure they have the written information to support them providing the care in a person centred way that meets the person’s individual needs. Manual handling is an everyday task and when paid carers are supporting people at home, in care homes, hospitals or in the community, workers can take continuous physical weight when supporting people to move or mobilise.

What does it mean for unpaid carers?

Family or friends of loved ones can find themselves supporting a loved one and providing them with physical assistance, care and support which involves manual handling. Liked paid carers, its important that anyone involved with moving and handling is doing so safely and is able to access the right information, advice and training that keeps them safe.

If family or friends of the person needing care are to work alongside a paid carer with is either by Angus Council, NHS Tayside or an external provider its important that they too have access to formal training.

What is the Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme (SMHPS)?

The Scottish Manual Handling Passport Scheme is the recognised framework for Moving and Handling. This scheme clarifies the minimum requirements for manual handling education arrangements for services and by doing so, promotes national consistency. You can learn more about the Scottish manual handling Passport scheme here:

Angus Council, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Tayside want to ensure that everyone involved with moving and handling are competent and confident in their role and that the risk of injury for people delivering and receiving moving and handling care is prevented. All parties also want to ensure that people involved with manual handling are able to transfer their skills between participating organisations without the need for unnecessary repeated training.

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