Moving and Handling People an Illustrated Guide

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Hear what people said about the first two editions:

A 'must' for all carers

"This useful a 'must' for all carers, handling advisors, those who guide and teach moving and handling and people and professionals who are involved in the provision and use of the relevant equipment."

Sarah Tunstall in The Column



"Moving and Handling People An Illustrated Guide is superb, and that is a view that is shared by everyone I have shown it to."

Angela Hope
Senior Lecturer Adult and Child Nursing Studies
University of Huddersfield



Well impressed

"I purchased this product several months ago and have used it in my working practice to show care staff the pictorial guide to back up my moving and handling plans. I am now going to discuss with my employer to fund access to the Clinical skills web site so the procedures can be downloaded and given as part of the moving and handling plans.

Well impressed with the book, best I have come across so far. Staff find pictorial information reassuring and quicker to acknowledge than written information.

Excellent, Excellent!"

"Bloss" on Amazon


Every ward and care home should have a copy

“ have done wonders with the publication of Moving and Handling People an Illustrated Guide. In my mind, this is a long overdue publication. The Guide to the Handling of People is an invaluable asset for all manual handling practitioners; however, this book, which is written by many of the same people, takes out all the academia and shows in a simple step-by-step process what the other book actually means. The graphics are very well done, showing how to get from one step to the next. I personally think that every ward, nursing station and care home should have one available at all times and staff be encouraged to regularly refer to it.”

Gavin Wright
Independent Moving and Handling Consultant
Peterlee, Co. Durham




“I really do love the book. In fact, I would go one better than saying I love the book—it is brilliant!  It’s what the world of manual handling training has been waiting for!”

Margaret Worth (Rospa trained)
Margaret Worth Training
Minehead, Somerset


Clearly written and thoroughly practical

“This is a comprehensively illustrated, step-by-step guide to moving and handling. Clearly written and thoroughly practical, the book is a highly accessible reference volume for all staff, and it can be used as the basis for all the training that needs to be done in this area.”

Caring Times, February 2011 edition 


Truly wonderful illustrations

"This title really is a superb guide and workbook for all healthcare staff looking to improve their people moving skills. The book has some truly wonderful illustrations and clearly defines the moves in an 'easy to understand' way. Highly recommended!!!"

"Charles" on Amazon


About the Editor of the first and second editions
Sue Ruszala, MSc, PGCE, MCSP, DipTP, SRP, Manual Handling Consultant

Sue is an independent manual handling consultant in health and social care with more than 25 years’ experience in policy development, risk management, training strategies, accident investigation and equipment evaluation. She has contributed to several national working groups who have developed manual handling guidance, including Manual Handling in the Health Services for the Health and Safety Commission (1998) and Guidance on Manual Handling for Chartered Physiotherapists (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2002), and she has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing Advisory Panel on Back Pain in Nurses. She is co-author of Standards in Manual Handling (National Back Exchange, 2010), The Guide to the Handling of People (BackCare, 2005), The Guide to the Handling of Patients (National Back Pain Association, 1997) and Evidence-Based Patient Handling (Routledge, 2003). Sue is a Registered Member of the National Back Exchange (NBE) and currently chairs her local NBE group.