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Preventative back care is key

17 February 2011 - 2:50pm

Back injuries among staff costs the NHS more than £400 million a year, says the charity BackCare.

The huge figure is highlighted in the new edition of the charity’s book The Guide to the Handling of People, edited by consultant physiotherapist Jacqui Smith, which advises on how to avoid back injuries.

Each year more than 80,000 nurses injure their backs at work, says BackCare, and 3,600 healthcare workers are forced to retire early.

This costs more than £400 million in sick leave and wasted training of those forced to leave their jobs as a result, says the charity.

CSP body mapping

The CSP’s own research and findings from the 2010 body mapping campaign support the charity’s claims, says national health and safety officer Donna Payne, calling for more could be done to reduce sickness absence caused by musculoskeletal disorders.

'Our campaign highlighted that very few members had ever undergone a manual handling risk assessment when starting a new post; this needs to be addressed by employers,' she says.

'The CSP welcomes any guidance that encourages managers to improve their risk management and more effectively address individual needs, rather than reacting after a worker is injured.'

For more information on The Guide to the Handling of People, see: www.backcare.org.uk



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