The following resources are available for viewing/downloading. Some of these resources have been acquired as a result of client/patient handling community of practice webinars, conference presentations, or are resources/products created by CRE-MSD or the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA). To view past webinars, go to the community of practice events page.

NEW! Evaluation of Mobility and Handling Training for Personal Support Workers

The Evaluation of Mobility and Handling Training for Personal Support Workers (PDF) is a framework that was developed with the engagement of the client/patient handling community of practice (CoP), comprised of over 800 healthcare providers from across the healthcare continuum. Funded by a CRE-MSD seed grant, this framework is designed to assist in evaluating mobility and handling training for personal support workers, with specific reference to sit-to-stand training (although the principles apply to other core skills). Core to this framework is its 'restorative approach' to care - engaging a client to the greatest possible extent in their own mobility and daily activities.

Critical sections of training identified are:

  • Content (e.g. core principles and knowledge on human movement; selection of approach for transfer with reference to the care plan; and physical preparation of environment, equipment and people)
  • Presentation and approach to training
  • Assessor's summary of caregiver's performance
  • Next steps for improving training

Download the framework: Evaluation of Mobility and Handling Training for Personal Support Workers (PDF)

Articles and fact sheets

Building a Safe Client Handling Program – PSHSA, 2013 (PDF)

PSHSA “Handle With Care” Client Mobility Logos

PSHSA Client Mobility Review Poster

PSHSA-Ergonomic Tips for Resident or Patient Bathrooms

PSHSA Community Care MSD Web tutorial (provides frontline care givers with an introduction to ergonomics and the MSD risks posed during client handling and client care)

Occupational Safety And Health Administration, 2013: Safe Patient Handling Programs (PDF) 

12 Safe Patient Handling Experts Talk Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Nurses - Blog, 2015

Conference presentations

The following resources are presentations and videos from the October 26, 2015 conference Reducing Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Healthcare Sector.

Presentations and videos

Setting the scene: Barriers and challenges (VIDEO)
What the research is telling us (VIDEO)

Case-based presentations

Back care and patient handling program
West Park Healthcare Centre (PDF)
West Park Healthcare Centre (VIDEO)

Transfers, assessments, tools, equipment
Schlegel Villages (PDF)
Schlegel Villages (VIDEO)

Project Uplift
Woodstock General Hospital (PDF)
Woodstock General Hospital (VIDEO)

The right fit
CarePartners (PDF)

MSD mission impossible: Patient handling
Sault Arena Hospital (PDF)
Sault Arena Hospital (VIDEO)

Preventing back injury in healthcare: Development in patient handling and coaching tools
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (PDF)
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (VIDEO)

New hospital design for better client/patient handling
Halton Healthcare (PDF)
Halton Healthcare (VIDEO)