Welcome to the Handicare Patient Handling Blog Direct Healthcare Group increase Safe Moving & Handling team, providing nationwide support for Occupational Therapists Following the acquisition and integration of Handicare Patient Handling UK, Direct Healthcare Group have formed one Safe Moving & Handling team under the leadership of National Sales Manager, William Kelly, creating an enhanced customer experience and an optimised service to provide support for healthcare professionals. Company notice: MiniLift125 SWL upgrade From Monday 15th June 2020, the MiniLift125 will be available with a SWL of 160kg and consequently, will be re-named the MiniLift160 Classic – the same compact MiniLift125 that healthcare professionals have grown to love, with an upgraded Safe Working Load to 160kg/ 25 stone. Ethos Wellbeing Introducing Ethos Wellbeing – a Structured Movement Therapy Programme for Covid-19 survivors developed in partnership with Personally ProActive. The demand for rehabilitation therapists and services is expected to grow significantly, creating a tsunami of rehabilitation needs across the UK. Ethos Wellbeing has been designed to improve clinical outcomes through early rehabilitation, mobility and recovery. Case study: EthosGPS remote assessment tool A recent EthosGPS remote assessment with Handicare Business Development Manager John Harrison (North East) ensured that the correct and timely supply of equipment during Covid-19 lockdown enabled single handed care, whilst also reducing the risk of a moving and handling injury to the family member and carers. Moving and Handling for the COVID-19 patient by Deborah Harrison COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital often require assistance with general mobility and need to sit upright due to breathing difficulties. If the patient’s condition deteriorates, then often the patient will benefit from the lying in a prone position, this can be performed either conscious with minimal of assistance, to unconscious requiring full assistance and ventilation. Ethos GPS - your new remote assessment navigation service A new remote assess and supply service to support Occupational Therapists and Discharge Teams to help make your everyday life easier during COVID-19 Handicare UK Moving & Handling awarded 'Sales Team of the Year!' During a recent sales conference in Berlin, Handicare UK Moving & Handling Managing Director, Bob Parsons, proudly received the award of ‘Sales Team of the Year 2019’, presented by CEO Staffan Ternstrom. Case Study: Professor Stephen Hawking, Handicare and the MilkyWay In memory of Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), we take a look back to when the stars aligned between the Professor and Handicare, uniting with a shared vision that the sky was, and still is, no limit. Company Notice: COVID-19 update Handicare Moving and Handling UK operation to continue without any anticipated disruption to supply of equipment or deliveries. Company notice: Brexit preparations Handicare Moving and Handling would like to assure you of Handicare’s service and supply of products concerning Brexit... Top tips to prevent a fall this winter, and prevent A&E winter pressures... As a result of a fall, people may lose their confidence, independence or perhaps go into long term care. Falvey, Mangione & Stevens-Lapsley (2015) state that hospitalised older people are 61 times more likely to develop difficulty in active daily living than those who are not hospitalised. Consequently, falls cost the NHS over £2bn and over 4million bed days per year*. Here's our top tips to prevent a fall, and an A&E admission this winter... Preventing falls when your client needs to stand ‘Falls are the number one reason older people are taken into A&E’. According to Public Health England, falls are the most common cause of death from injury in the over 65’s and are the number one factor for a person losing independence and going into long term care. Handicare continues to support the Home First pathway The initiative seeks to limit the number of days a patient spends in an acute hospital bed; supporting people to move on from hospital sooner and reducing 'bed blocking'. Over 58,000 health and care professionals report a work related musculoskeletal injury each year If you are regularly moving and handling the person you care for, you could be at risk of causing injury not to only your client, but also to yourself. Whilst many of us are aware that those who are regularly moving and handling the person they care for are at an increased risk of causing injury to themselves and the person they are caring for, statistics from the HSE Report (Oct 2018) suggests that there’s still room for improvement… A future vision Handicare MHBS & guest speakers share their future vision of enablement and integrated working... Case Study: Trips and Falls Prevention at Southmead Hospital Trips and falls had been a huge issue within Southmead Hospital. Since the £430m hospital opened in May 2015, there have been over 700 falls recorded, a 19% increase compared to the same period the year before. In three months, nine patients suffered hip fractures, two sustained skull hemorrhages, three suffered thigh fractures, and one patient had serious facial fractures, all caused by falls. Keep on moving! Handicare donate over 20 pre-loved products to a Romanian road trip... In the spotlight: Meet Handicare's John Harrison... In this 'In the spotlight', we talk with John Harrison, Business Development Manager for the North East about his role, the industry and the values that drive him every day... In the spotlight: Meet Handicare's James Hughes... In this 'In the spotlight', we talk with James Hughes, Business Development Manager for the Midlands and South Wales about his role, the industry and the values that drive him every day... In the spotlight: Meet Sam Rodgers In this 'In the spotlight', we talk with Sam Rodgers, Business Development Manager for London North about his role, the industry, his life outside of work and the values that drive him every day... In the spotlight: Meet Dave Robinson In this 'In the spotlight', we talk with Dave Robinson, Business Development Manager for the North West about his role and the industry... In the spotlight: welcoming Joe Punar to Hanidcare Moving and Handling! We're pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Punar into the role of Business Development Manager for the South and South West of England. In this 'In the spotlight', we offer you the opportunity to get to know Joe... The Handicare team are 'Dementia Friends'! A staggering 1 in 14 people aged over 65 will develop dementia and according to the NHS someone will develop dementia every 3 minutes. The Dementia Friends initiative helped develop our teams awareness of the disease and how we think, act and talk about dementia when meeting someone living with dementia during a joint assessment, or in our every day lives.