Interviewed recently, Simon Wells, Programme Director for the Moving & Handling People conference programme in 2016 explained the urgency behind the topics planned for the event.
‘Against a backdrop of reductions in the number of healthcare workers of continuing concern are the injuries to workers in Health and Social Care with those working in this area reporting the largest number of moving and handling associated injuries; with the result that the number of reported improvements notices involving manual handling legislation increased by one-third,’ explains Simon.’These injuries happen to staff undertaking every day activities when caring for people and while there are no reliable figures for harm caused to their clients, estimates suggest that one in ten patients in hospital experience an incident which puts their safety at risk, and that about half of these could have been prevented (“Patient Safety First Campaign for England”). ‘Safe Routes to Best Practice’ will underpin solutions discussed in the presentations and practical workshops.’
Simon concludes, ‘For Health and Care Practitioners, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is necessary to maintain competency with the scope of practice. Moving and Handling People 2016 is designed to help you demonstrate your professional development in a range of educational and practical sessions.’
The event is CPD accredited and is essential for any involved in the moving and handling of people in healthcare. Competency is the ability of an individual to do a job properly; competency is therefore based on awareness of topical issues which affect the way we work, this event is designed to support professionals through learning delivered in presentations and practical workshops addressing everyday issues.
Competent moving & handling practitioners start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They have to analyse givens, constraints, relationships, and goals; they make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Imagine you are given a road map and asked to find the shortest route between two points, for very simple maps you can often do this just by looking at the map, but if the map looks more like a bunch of spaghetti thrown against the wall you’re going to need a better method.
This is actually a very important problem; ‘Care in Action – safe routes to best practice’ is aimed at empowering workers to work safely and develop their own solutions.