Training course: Patient lifting and transferring techniques - Basics


Employees learn how to identify, reduce and prevent risks.


  • Teach participants about proper patient lifting and transferring techniques and how nursing staff can prevent injuries by choosing the method that places the least amount of stress on their body.
  • Teach additional, department-specific techniques to specific target groups (e.g. operating theatre staff, emergency and radiology staff, and nursing staff working with disabled persons or persons suffering from dementia).

How does it work?

  • Within the hospital or care facility
  • 10-12 participants (maximum 16) per training course
  • Duration:
    • 1.5 days for the basic training course
    • half a day extra to expand on the basic training course, for specific target groups
    • specific changes can be made depending on the target group
  • The first part consists of a brief theory session taught in a classroom environment. The theory session addresses the following main items:
    • the anatomy of the spine;
    • the risk of lower back injuries due to patient lifting and transferring;
    • the philosophy behind patient lifting and transferring techniques;
    • correct posture to relieve spinal pressure.
  • Special attention is paid to the philosophy behind patient lifting and transferring techniques to ensure that participants are able to choose the method that places the least amount of stress on their body, even in situations not discussed during the course.
  • The theory part is taught in an interactive manner based on a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The second part consists of practical training using existing equipment, and is taught partly in a classroom environment and partly ‘on the job’.
  • The additional, half-day training session aimed at department-specific techniques is taught and put into practice at the relevant department.
  • The agreed method of implementation is outlined in the standard or custom proposal.


  • Basic training course:
    • In-depth knowledge about the most common patient lifting and transferring techniques, and the ability to personally select the most suitable technique based on a certain philosophy.
  • Specific target groups:
    • This training session is taught in addition to the basic training course and addresses department-specific techniques
  • Continuity and profitability will be increased by training additional reference persons (document below)


Contact us for a proposal.