Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Principles of Patient Handling

Principles of patient handling


The aim of this chapter is to give healthcare professionals an insight into and strategies for teaching the importance of correct posture and positioning when performing patient and inanimate load handling. The chapter also aims to make learners aware of the risks associated with patient handling.


  • To demonstrate the skills required to maintain correct posture and positioning during patient handling activities and facilitate safe movement
  • To increase awareness of individual risk assessment and the safe handling of loads
  • To reduce the risk of occupational injury while carrying out patient and inanimate load handling tasks.

The contents of this chapter will outline the difference between ‘moving and handling principles’ and ‘techniques’. It is important to understand these differences as they underpin all handling ...

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