When it comes to caring for people with impaired mobility, safe moving and handling remains a key challenge for healthcare providers. There is still a high risk of injury from moving and handling, and I am concerned that these risks could be heightened as healthcare services continue to grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In February, it became apparent here in the UK that COVID-19 was going to have a huge impact on our health, social and education sectors. Healthcare organisations across the world started recruiting new staff and focused on upskilling existing staff so that they could take on tasks they may have not done previously, like moving and handling.
I believe that our platform can really help support the efforts of healthcare organisations at a time when they need it most. I guess I feel a deep sense of duty to do my bit – after all we have the platform sitting there and ready to use. By giving care workers access to evidence-based moving and handling training and resources, I hope that healthcare organisations will be able to ensure their workers are up to speed with the latest techniques and can competently mitigate the risks involved with moving and handling people.
So, I decided that I would make it as accessible as possible by offering the platform to healthcare organisations worldwide for a very small fee to help cover our administration costs.