A series of workshops launched to educate health professionals on the benefits of various hoisting equipment and techniques are attracting an increasing number of delegates.
Organised by overhead lift supplier Etac, and led by Molift specialist Colin Williams, the workshops are tailored to the requirements of all professionals ranging from OTs, clinicians, building designers, specifiers and architects.
The courses educate on correct hoist and sling application and how safety, dignity and efficiency can be maximised whilst caring for disabled children and adults.
The latest course was held at Nottingham City Council for its team of OTs within Adult Services and focused on practical aspects of everyday application within the community.
According to Williams, attendance has been “strong” at all the workshops and forthcoming dates are “filling fast”.
He said: “I believe the opportunity for OTs, especially newly qualified professionals, to learn invaluable hoisting techniques is vital.
“This is especially essential when you consider assistive product training and awareness can be limited at graduation.
“Our flexible courses provide objective content that really helps on a daily basis – whether that involves frontline use, procurement or installation. In terms of community installations, the knowledge and experience available at these sessions allows more informed decisions regarding hoist specification within DFGs.
“Feedback from all our latest attendees was very positive particularly regarding several practical aspects of the training including pick up points and sling bar selection. I look forward to the next Local Authority course which is already full.”