Moving, Positioning and Falls Management Supported Learning Programme

Day 1 - Induction

The course will begin with a briefing about the supported learning programme (SLP) process, expectations and practical elements.

The induction session lasts three hours and is aimed at talking Participants through the SLP pack and web support.

Participants will discuss the commitment that managers should be making to supporting them during the SLP process or taking up the buddy system of peer support if a manager is not available in their own organisation.

The workshop will then provide an introduction to moving and positioning.


We ask you to complete the following tasks before day 2. The introductory session gives participants the opportunity to explore how legislation and regulations apply to moving and positioning, within their own organisation.

Task 1 - Managers Briefing (1 hr)

Managers briefing. You are required to discuss your learning outcomes and goals for the course with your manager. This course is designed for you to become a subject matter expert in moving positioning and falls management. During this briefing the focus for discussion will be to agree the level of support you will require for both your period of participation on the SLP and for your ongoing development as a trainer. This is also the place to agree what your individual development goals are, in relation to each of the learning objectives, and how you will be able to practically apply your learning within the organisation.

Task 2- Knowledge Quiz (2 hrs)

To prepare you with some fundamental knowledge of key legislation that is relevant to moving and positioning of people we recommend that you download the knowledge quiz and use the links to find the answers. The on-line document has active links.

Legislation knowledge quiz

Once completed print off a copy and bring this with you to Day Two of the programme.

Task 3 - E learning (2 hours)

To prepare yourself with some fundamental knowledge of moving and positioning, we ask you to complete the e-learning course and answer the questions that are there to check your knowledge base. If you are unable to answer any of the questions we would recommend you go back and revisit the e-learning as this will be your knowledge base for the whole course. The on-line e-learning has active links.

Once completed print off a copy and bring this with you to day two of the programme.

Reflective diary

Reflective practice is a very powerful learning tool. It helps you to understand how the new knowledge and skills you have gained fit with your own previous knowledge and understanding of concepts. It also allows you to conceptualise new information specific to your work environment and role.

We encourage you to complete your reflective diaries throughout the course of the programme. You will be asked to submit your reflective diary on day 5. The diary will demonstrate your progress throughout the course and we require that the diary is signed off by your manager in respect to the practice training session and by the subject matter expert before you receive your certificate.

Download the reflective diary

Day 2

Topic - Risk Management

This session will equip participants with the necessary skills to manage risks associated with moving and positioning of people

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Develop a moving and positioning risk strategy
  • Understand how risk assessment is linked to staff safety
  • Devise and implement systems for monitoring and reviewing risk assessments

Topic - Anatomy

This session links anatomy and biomechanics of the spine to safe principles.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Analyse how anatomy links to well being
  • Relate the principles of manual handling to the biomechanics of the spine
  • Recognise unsafe and poor manual handling techniques and the impact it would have on staff, service user and employer
  • Demonstrate moving and handling techniques
Understanding in learning

Task 4 Equipment Audit (2hr) - Complete an equipment audit of your organisation please print off your results and bring with you to day three.

Task 5: Disregard this please. Task 5 is no longer in the programme.

Task 6 Organisational Risk Planning (1Hr) - Complete your organisational risk assessment, handling plan and person centred plan with a service user.

Task 7 CQC quiz (1Hr) - Complete the Care Quality Commission quiz please print off your results and bring with you to day three.

Day 3

Topic - Practical Session

This session provides participants with a range of techniques to move and position people in relation to current and best practice.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate moving and positioning techniques using appropriate equipment
  • Identify the importance of good communication skills and the impact on the attitudes and feelings of service users when performing these tasks
  • Recognise safety issues when using equipment to move and position a service user
Reinforcing in practice

Task 8 - Observation of Practice (2 hrs)

Observe and reflect care/support staff, following organisational documentation and demonstrating practice

Task 9 - Develop a training session (3 hrs) & Learning styles (1 hour)

We encourage you to research some information on learning styles to support you in the delivery of training. We ask you to reflect on learning styles in your reflective diary.

There are many theories on learning styles, you may already be aware of these from previous training courses. The theory that we will be focusing on for this course is VAK. This is quite a straight forward theory and commonly used among trainers. It is base on the early models of neuro-linguistic programming.

If you have completed the VAK questionnaire on another SLP you don't need to repeat the exercise.  Instead you could reflect on how knowing your learning style has influenced your training delivery or your preparation for your delivery on this SLP. You might also want to look at different learning styles, such as Honey & Mumford's learning styles.

Trainer Skills Manual

You can download our trainer's skill manual, which provides general advice and tips on training. It will take you through training from training needs analysis, course design, delivery and evaluation.

Using the information and support from previous sesions and prepare a plan for a short training session to be delivered in groups on day 4 Your session should last a minimum of 15 minutes and up to a maximum of 20 minutes.

Your lesson plan should incorporate a minimum of two learning styles and how you will assess learning is taking place.

Day 4

Topic - Design and Delivery

This session provides participants with the tools to design and deliver training.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Develop a lesson plan
  • Skills to deliver a micro teaching session
  • Deliver a micro teaching session within a safe environment
  • Use a variety of methods to deliver moving and positioning in your workplace
Learning in practice

Task 10 Leading change (1hr)

Evaluate organisational changes you have identified and develop a plan of how will you facilitate change

Plan for on going training.

In order for you to develop as a trainer and continuously monitor both the meeting of specific learning outcomes and support to implement good practice you will need to develop a set of learning outcomes for your training and a short and long term plan of how you will develop and evaluate your training.

Task 11 - Deliver a session (3hrs)

Deliver a teaching session on a moving and positioning topic and reflect once session has been delivered.

Task 12 - Falls knowledge quiz and case identification (1hrs)

To prepare you to recognise the importance of falls prevention in your  then home, complete the quiz then identify a resident who has sustained one or more falls.

Once completed print off a copy and bring this with you to Day five of the programme.

Day 5

Topic - Falls Prevention and Management

This session provides participants with the tools to assess and manage the risk of falls within their organisation.

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Identify the risk factors for Falls and Osteoporosis in individual residents
  • Understand how to assess and manage residents at risk of falling and injury
  • Ability to record and analyse individual and organisational falls incidents and undertake root cause analysis, putting effective action plans in place
  • Understand post fall management requirements and when to escalate

Topic - Action Learning

This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss and evaluate your training experiences to date and trouble shoot any outstanding issues or gaps in knowledge.

We ask you to submit your reflective diary at this session

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • To share experiences of delivering moving and positioning training
  • To reflect on the use of the learning materials
  • To learn from one another and share good practice experience

Here you can download all of the resources provided on the course

PowerPoint presentations

  1. Define moving and positioning
  2. The importance of wellbeing
  3. The principles of moving and positioning
  4. Legislation
  5. Moving and positioning techniques

Trainer tools

Falls Quiz

Useful links

  • Useful links document [LINK]