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Face-to-Face Training Courses

Fit For Life deliver evidence-based training courses to promote best practice techniques and maximum independence for the Older Adults we work with. We run our courses in-house with your care team taking account of your population and site-specific needs.​ We deliver manual and people handing training courses for all the care team, clinical and non-clinical.

We now deliver our innovative Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult and Falls Prevention training courses online. Click here to find out more!

Manual Handling Training Courses

Over the years our onsite experiences working in Irish nursing homes, daycare centres and in the community has allowed us to integrate current best practice manual handling techniques seamlessly from training to day-to-day care. Fit For Life is committed to keeping up to date on the latest equipment and training that Irish healthcare needs. All of our therapists receive continuous specialist training that allows us to provide support in complex handling cases; offering advice on systems to suit the needs of the task.

Our manual handling trainers are all senior staff, qualified to at least Fetac level 6 in Manual Handling Instruction. They have many years of practice in long term care and the community supporting healthcare workers and carers to understand the main manual handling tasks their roles require. They inform and educate on best practice for safe manual handling and can provide advice on new equipment and/or systems that may suit your sites.

Covid-19 update for manual handling training courses

Fit For Life have re-structured their patient handling training course to reduce onsite contact time in line with Covid-19 guidelines. We now deliver a theory module online which covers background in manual and patient handling while also incorporating relevant information on hoists, slings, sliding sheets and other patient handling equipment. A practical module is scheduled to take place within a week where participants put into practice the skills and equipment reviewed. Covid-19 guidelines are adhered to with PPE and single-use equipment used for onsite demonstrations and practice. The theory session is scheduled for 2hrs and the practical is scheduled for 2hrs/3hrs (depending on numbers and potential for social distancing).*

We deliver our manual handling training courses for your team in your nursing home or centre, and at our Sandyford Clinic. To find out more or to book a course please phone 01-2137915 or email Mark on info@fitforlife.ie

People Manual Handling Course


This training is suitable for healthcare professionals, carers who work in the home and community. It can also be used to train experienced carers in more details to cover relevant case profiles that may be specific to them.

Course Outline:

  • Our training programmes are in line with HSA and Fetac guidelines and are suitable for 8 -10 participants.

  • Manual handling training for people who have not undergone training previously.

  • This course educates the participants to make informed decisions in relation to the type of equipment and number of people required to reduce risk, while understanding the apprehension of residents being transferred.

  • This full day course includes theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.


  • Full certificates of attendance are issued on completion of the training.

  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss your current resident profile and assess your specific manual handling goals.

  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.

  • Reduction in the risk of patient/resident injury due to poor manual handling techniques

  • Guaranteed compliance: On site follow-up support is now available to ensure compliance with best practice and full achievement of your manual handling goals.

  • Reducing the risk of work related injuries due to poor manual handling techniques.


Manual Handling Training course


We tailor our training days to deliver non people manual handling training for non-clinical team members/workers such as:

  • Kitchen, housekeeping, maintenance, administration team

  • Tasks related to their roles ensuring they apply safe principles for manual handling tasks


Course Outline: Common areas of support we review have been in relation to:

  • Looking at new floor cleaning systems (single mop head systems)

  • Reviewing deliveries and storage systems

  • Laundry team – identifying main loads, causes of overreaching, overloading, static tasks.

  • Kitchen tasks related to systems that involve prepping food, and movement of loads around the kitchen.


Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points



  • Ensuring that your team are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of their work

  • Reducing the risk of work related injuries

  • Educating team to know their role in risk assessment and applying in everyday tasks


Refresher Training – People & Manual Handling


This is ideal for staff members who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training previously. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify with your team what challenges they have, how they can change their risk assessment to allow them to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using

  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home


Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points

*We can combine non clinical and clinical team members to provide the most cost effective package. The non-clinical team members take 2 hours.



  • Ensuring that your team are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of their work

  • Reducing the risk of work related injuries

  • Educating your team to know their role in risk assessment and applying in their everyday tasks


Other than our standard full and refresher manual handling training, we have also developed workshops to support healthcare workers in areas that can be a cause of injury when techniques and responsibilities are not clear e.g. hoists workshops. See advanced manual handling page for more information.

What our course attendees say: "The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte, Cork.