The mission of this new 6th edition is to set out a person-centred systems approach, which balances the twin aims of (patient/person) safety, dignity and enablement with the prevention and management of work relevant MSDs in health and social care workers.
This definitive gold standard text will be the 6th in a series of guides, first published by BackCare in 1981 in response to growing concerns about the increasing prevalence of low back pain and injury in nurses, with the aim of encouraging NHS employers to implement prevention and management strategies including ergonomics, safety training and health screening.
Since then the scope of each edition has evolved to address concurrent developments in health and in social care, relevant legislation and the move towards evidence-based practice. Each new edition has set the standard of its time; presenting evidence, disseminating best practice, promoting discussion and informing decision-making.
The mission of this new 6th edition is to set out a person-centred systems approach, which balances the twin aims of (patient / person) safety, dignity and enablement with the prevention and management of work relevant MSDs in health and social care workers.
Significantly updated, the guide incorporates four re-structured sections that include:
The underpinning legal basis and toolkit for patient / person safety and injury prevention in health, social care and education
Key strategies (solutions focussed approaches covering organisation, training systems, equipment, and work, health and wellbeing)
Practical chapters setting out core consensus best practice
Special circumstances, incorporating key pathways and case studies relating to bariatrics and the management of falls
As well as its key target audiences of health and social care sector employers and decision-makers, care givers and educators, this guide aims to inform and thereby empower those of us involved in manual handling decisions as recipients of care.