As a health professional such as an occupational therapist, nurse, physiotherapist or a workplace health and safety advisor, it is likely you are required to move clients as part of their personal care routine. This includes helping them with:
- getting out of bed
- going to the toilet
- having a shower
- getting dressed
- getting into a wheelchair
When you graduate, you’re considered an expert in solving moving and handling problems for people with disabilities but when we talk to health professionals many feel anxious, overwhelmed and burnt-out.
As a health professional, you are expected to offer advice so a smart routine is achieved – a care routine that is safe for everyone, inefficient in the use of resources and results in a quality routine. However many of you received very little training in university in actually solving these problems, as a result you could inadvertently be:
Giving incorrect advice
Because you don’t fully understand what causes injuries you may prevent your clients being more independent in transfers that are safe causing:
- Loss of function too early
- Risking injury to workers with unsafe transfers.
Recommending inappropriate equipment.
It’s not uncommon for health professionals to use equipment inefficiently.
- both your client and their worker don’t get the full benefit of what the equipment has to offer.
- You don’t know how to justify equipment. The result? Funding bodies are unable to make sound decisions for equipment solutions, resulting in these solutions being declined.
Lacking in the knowledge to support people in the manual handling process.
Addressing moving and handling risks can quickly become a stress risk, fracturing a team at a time when teamwork is needed most.
As a result, a health professional can find themselves overwhelmed with the moving and handling problems they are asked to solve, leave their clients with poor outcomes.
At Risk Managed, we want this to be a thing of the past. This is why we have developed SmartCare™ for health professionals to provide health professionals globally with the knowledge skills and resources to solve complex moving and handling problems. We offer face to face workshops as well as weekly webinars and supervision.
SmartCare™ for Health Professionals educates on three basic areas:
The process of identifying and solving moving and handling problems
Supporting the people in the process
Prescribing, using and justifying equipment solutions
Our supervision helps you untangle some of the barriers you come across with solving moving and handling problems for your clients