Rebecca has worked as a Physio in New Zealand, the UK and the Cook Islands for almost 30 years. But she previously worked as a Healthcare Assistant in a rest home so knows first-hand what’s involved in moving and handling on the job, and just how sore your back can get.
This webinar is focused on best practice techniques for carers and advice on how to look after yourself. But the benefit also extends to the people being cared for.
“When we get it right, moving and handling is really respectful and dignified for those in our care. It helps them to feel safe. And when we get it right for staff and carers, they feel really confident and safe in their work. But it’s hard to look after people with dignity if we’re dragging and pulling them while grunting and groaning because we’re sore.”
While there are a lot of good resources and equipment available to help with manual handling, Rebecca says there’s plenty of room for improvement in New Zealand workplaces.
“On an international scale we’re probably a good 10 years behind best practice. Obviously, some places are doing it much better than others. But it’s not something that people tend to put money into either training staff or exploring new ways. It’s tough; people are really busy and trying to learn new things takes time. Manual handling doesn’t tend to come up first in the list of things we put our time and money into as a healthcare workforce.”