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CSP’s manual handling guidance covers mental health, delegation and working with NHS commissioners

30 January 2014 - 4:04pm

Physiotherapists working with patients with mental illness need to be regularly updated and familiar with the mental health legislation in each country of the UK, says the CSP’s updated guidance on manual handling.

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CSP professional adviser Carley King (left) talks to OT Amanda Lawrence about the latest guidance

The document says physios must have working knowledge of the legislation covering manual handling.

It includes advice on delegating manual handling, such as to a junior physiotherapist, a support worker or to a member of the patient’s family.

A chapter on purchasing and commissioning NHS services includes advice on how to work with commissioners.

CSP professional adviser Léonie Dawson said: ‘This document is an invaluable resource to support members’ understanding of their responsibilities in manual handling and provides the tools to get it right.’

A printed version of the updated guidance was available to delegates attending a major ‘Moving and Handling People’ event in London today. An electronic copy will be available on the CSP website in February.

Ms Dawson described the event as ‘an ideal opportunity for physiotherapists to see not only the equipment available to support safe manual handling, but also to get hands-on experience of using different pieces of equipment’.

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