Policy: Compassionate Care Team Ltd recognises that we have a primary responsibility and a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of employees which involves managing any risk associated with their duties.
In compliance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Compassionate Care Team Ltd will, so far as is reasonably practicable, avoid the need for staff to undertake any manual handling operations at work that involve a risk of injury.
Where hazardous manual handling operations cannot be avoided, Compassionate Care Team Ltd will carry out a risk assessment and reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonably practicable.
Any use of hoists must be as specified in the Service User's Moving and Handling Risk Assessment / Care Plan.
We understand that the blanket use of two care workers to use a mobile hoist is not a ruling from any specific professional body, nor an instruction from the manufacturers, however historically, it has been considered good practice. Our decision therefore on the number of care staff required to use a mobile hoist will be dictated by local policy and risk assessments which consider the multiple factors and the involvement of the Service User.
Compassionate Care Team Ltd will work with other health professionals when required to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and Service Users. Any use of a hoist, in particular mobile hoists, with a single care worker must be risk assessed on an individual basis; the assessment must show that the use of only one carer does not increase the risk involved.
Procedure: Moving and Handling Risk Assessment and Care Plan Any use of hoists must be as specified by the Service User's Moving and Handling Risk Assessment / Care Plan. A good plan will include: • Identification of the Service User's height and weight • The extent to which the Service User can support his or her own weight • Relevant factors such as condition, disability, spasm, fatigue, tendency to fall and apprehension (anxiety associated with being handled) • Comprehension problems and co-operative behaviour • Recommended methods of movement for sitting, toileting, bathing, transfers and movement in-bed and details of equipment needed • The minimum number of staff required • Other relevant risk factors The assessment should consider the choice, dignity and needs of the Service User. Miss Naomi Bennett will ensure that a moving and handling risk assessment is undertaken by a member of staff who is trained for the purpose, as required under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
Miss Naomi Bennett should ensure that the equipment used by Compassionate Care Team Ltd for providing care or treatment to a Service User is safe for such use and is used in a safe way.
Staff must only work within the scope of their qualifications, competence, skills and experience.
Moving and handling equipment used for health and social care may be classified as medical devices. Compassionate Care Team Ltd will therefore comply with relevant Patient Safety Alerts, recalls and rapid response reports issued from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and through the Central Alerting System (CAS).