I began my career in patient handling in 1993, shortly after qualifying as a registered nurse. I have held posts as strategic lead for patient handling within mental health, acute and community healthcare trusts providing training and consultancy to healthcare staff and responsible for policy development. I developed my own consultancy and training practice between 2004 and 2016, providing training and consultancy to all areas of healthcare, including educational, end of life and funeral care before successfully gaining my current role of National Diligent Consultant for Arjo in 2016. I am passionate about the progression and promotion of evidenced based safe patient handling and have served on both my local and National Back Exchange Membership Association executive committees for 10 years, holding posts of Product Review Editor for the membership journal, National Vice Chair and more recently National Chair until September 2017.
I am a qualified nurse and worked in general surgery for 20 years prior to completing my Cert ed and taking up a new role as manual handling advisor/ trainer for an acute Trust in 2004. During this time, I was responsible for delivering the All Wales Passport to the Acute and Community staff throughout the County. I was also the manual handling lead for developing and implementing the workplace competency assessor strategy throughout the three Counties of the new Health Board. Since 2013, I have been working for Arjo as a National Diligent Consultant, providing training and consultancy to all areas of acute and long term care. I have also developed additional education programmes for Single Handed Care, paediatric palliative care, hospital theatres and still continue to assist Health Boards with All Wales Passport induction training. I am a member of the National Back Exchange and continue to have enthusiasm and passion for implementing best practice in the workplace that is evidence based, as well as meeting all necessary standards and legal requirements.
The seminar will identify solutions for standing transfers when the person experiences difficulty stepping round and how the use of standing/turning products can help. The importance of correct assessment, promoting normal movement and encouraging functional mobility will be discussed including the use of a haptonomic approach when providing assistance. Delegates will have the opportunity to practice these skills within the seminar.