The Carer’s Guide is designed to inform non-professional / unpaid carers on best practice in manual handling technique. Based on HOP6 – the leading national training text, as used to train UK nurses and paramedics – as recognised by the Royal College of Nurses and others. The 3rd edition is a 40 page A5 guide book and comes with a DVD. It has been updated in 2016 to include advice about dealing with stress.
Today in the UK, more than 1 in 10 of us are an unpaid carer, looking after a friend or family member with illness or disability. Unpaid carers save the nation a staggering £119 billion every year – that’s more than entire NHS budget. Replacing just one injured carer costs Social Services thousands of pounds. Unpaid carers are a particularly at-risk group due to the physical and psychological factors involved and often present to healthcare services as secondary patients.Fortunately, prevention is now a legal obligation of Councils following the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 which came into effect in April 2015. The BackCare Community Champion award is given in recognition of Councils and carer organisations who invest in back pain prevention for their carer community through the provision of The Carers Guide.
Topics covered in the booklet include:
What help is available
Causes of back pain and injury
Safer moving and handling
Technique to avoid where possible
Home environment room-by-room
Dealing with stress
The DVD was produced by Fife Moving & Handling for Family Carers Project Group, consisting of representatives from: PAMIS, The Princess Royal Trust Fife Carers Centre, Fife Council Moving & Handling Team and NHS Fife (OHSAS). This Group has been providing
moving and handling awareness training to unpaid family carers in Fife since 2003.
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