Online Course
Assessment Before Moving and Handling
Confidently assess patients to enhance safety during moving and handling tasks

1.5-2 hours





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Vidya Acharya
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Vidya Acharya is a physiotherapist who is passionate about educating people on the value of physical activity and movement awareness

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Moving and handling is a core activity for most rehabilitation professionals. Patients who have difficulty moving may require assistance, ranging from verbal encouragement to using electric hoisting equipment. Every moving and handling situation has a degree of risk for the patient and the rehabilitation professional. This course outlines which assessments rehabilitation professionals should complete before a moving and handling task. It also explores ways to enhance patient and clinician safety during moving and handling tasks, including positioning, transferring and mobilising patients.


This course aims to provide foundational knowledge of patient assessment to guide decisions around safety during moving and handling tasks.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Optional Practical Activity and Case Study Discussion
  4. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify at least three factors that may impact patient safety during moving and handling tasks
  • discuss the measuring procedures and abnormal rates for at least two basic vital signs
  • select an appropriate response from healthcare professionals during moving and handling tasks based on given case scenarios

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Vidya Acharya: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
The moving and handling course will benefit not only rehab professionals but also other rehabilitation staff, including nurses, physicians and support staff!
Renjith Moothedathu Narayanan Nair
The course includes a handy table on assessment—something basic I can share with all primary caregivers.
Pebble Teo
The course is integral to understanding the importance of analyzing vital signs concerning moving and handling tasks.
Musa Kyanzi
I enjoyed how complete the course is. Vidya is a great instructor. She explains very clearly, which makes the class very interesting. I am a PT student, and I am about to start an internship in the ICU. All the assessment reviews will significantly help me in my first practices.
Bruno Torido