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The CSP launches updated manual handling guidance

CSP press release published on 1 February 2008

Too many health and social care workers disregarding their own safety

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has launched its updated guidance on manual handling at the Disability Living Foundation’s Moving & Handling People 2008 conference (31 January - 1 February 2008).

The CSP’s third edition of the evidence-based Guidance on manual handling in physiotherapy is relevant to a wide range of health and social care practitioners, and includes:

· Advice on manual handling issues in relation to people, equipment and animals

· Best practice examples

· Case studies from neurology, paediatrics, hydrotherapy, oncology & palliative care, learning disabilities, therapeutic riding, bariatric rehab and private practice.

It is important that both health professionals and carers look after their own health, as well as that of the people they are moving and lifting. Anyone involved in manual handling will need relevant updates about best practice.

Healthcare managers must also be aware of their responsibility to ensure staff safety is compatible with patient care, supporting workers and delegating manual handling appropriately.

Health and social care professionals are known to be at significant risk from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (1), with some putting the rehabilitation of patients before their own health (2). 67.5 per cent of CSP members have reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders (3).

Guidance on manual handling in physiotherapy. 3rd ed.  London: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; 2008 is on sale at Moving and Handling 2008. Copies are also available from the CSP by email enquiries@csp.org.uk or by calling 020 7306 6666.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628/6616/6163. Out of hours call Becky Darke on 07900 160349.

 

2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 49,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. For previous releases visit www.csp.org.uk

3. The Disability Living Foundation’s Moving & Handling People 2008 conference takes place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London from 31 January to 1 February. http://www.movingandhandlingpeople.co.uk

References

(1) Health and Safety Executive, Table MSDIND4 – 2005/06. Estimated incidence and rates of self-reported musculoskeletal disorders caused or made worse by current or most recent job, by industry section, for people working in the last 12 months. http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/0506/msdind4.htm

(2) Hignett S. Fitting the work to the physiotherapist. Physiotherapy. 1995;81(9):549-52.

 

(3) Glover W, Sullivan C, Hague J. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affecting members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy London: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; 2005.

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