Evaluation of a Manual Handling Training Programme in a Healthcare Setting.

Author(s): Colvin, F.

Department: Education, Training and Development Department Stewarts Hospital Services LTD Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Keywords: Manual Handling, Evaluation, Kirkpatrick Framework Model, Organisational Manual Handling Training Programme

(30 Jul 2008)

This research evaluates a Manual Handling Training Programme that is set within a healthcare sector. Level one and level three of the Kirkpatrick framework model has been selected to evaluate the relevance of the content of the manual handling training programme and whether knowledge and skills are transferred to the work environment for participants who receive training.
A quantitative study was undertaken through the administration of a mailed questionnaire. One forty eight participants who received manual handling training between the years 2004 – 2006 were randomly selected through a purposive sampling frame of five hundred and sixty five participants.
The results of the study concluded that participants who attended the manual handling training programme found it was relevant to the work undertaken and that knowledge and skills were transferred to the work environment following attendance of the manual handling training programme.
Recommendations include management commitment for manual handling refresher training for employees and education, information and training for employees and managers. Monitoring and supervision to support and reinforce the transfer manual handling training to the work environment is also recommended.

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