A1 Risk Solutions Training

Keen to provide assistance throughout the COVID-19 crisis, A1 Risk Solutions has made valuable educational manual handling resources specifically relevant to coronavirus patient care easily accessible to care organisations.

With the COVID-19 outbreak disrupting almost every facet of life, the lockdown measures have resulted in many organisations putting face-to-face manual handling training on hold.

It has led to the sector seek alternative means to deliver training, with the CQC still expecting new health and social care staff to be trained and competent in the area of manual handling,

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Having been providing manual handling training courses to organisations across its managed, traceable online system for years, A1 Risk Solutions realised it had a vast supply on web-based multimedia online learning which could prove valuable to care organisations throughout the crisis.

Founded by Deborah Harrison, A1 Risk Solutions works extensively across the specialised fields of manual handling, ergonomics and vocational Rehabilitation within the health, social care and education sectors.

“In February 2020, I realised I was sat on a valuable resource,” Deborah told THIIS.

“It would have been criminal not to share the content with others across health and social care and so I pledged I would make it as accessible as possible for the whole of the industry to use.”

In particular, Deborah realised two videos could be especially helpful to care providers working with patients with coronavirus.

“Educational videos created using learning theories need to be aligned with individual needs. I realised early on that the COVID-19 post-ICU patients were requiring support in prone lying and was tasked by the Welsh palliative care network to create techniques for proning in the community,” she continued.

“The A1 Risk Solutions team came together and developed these innovative and very specific techniques and video content. We decided that these videos and the ICU video should be Free of Charge to access for everyone (videos can be found here).”

Across the entire A1 Risk Solution online educational system, the facility houses over 340 instructional training videos, as well as accompanying safe systems of work with both picture and written guidance of how to carry out each task.

Since the crisis, the system has seen a dramatic surge in users, assisting nearly 50,000 NHS and social care staff.

“Unfortunately, we are not in the position to give the whole system away as I still need to pay newly employed staff wages and other vital business expenses. Instead, we have decided to do a not-for-profit offer (the equivalent of £0.50 per person) for corporate purchase bundles,” explained Deborah.

“We have been excited to assist several local authorities by ultimately reducing the risks associated with employing staff who were totally new to care. This meant introducing a standardised approach across Boroughs with a means of providing safe and effective moving and handling training where face-to-face training could not be possible.”

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