Course description

Who should attend?

This course is designed for any first aider who needs to lift or handle casualties in an emergency environment. We ask that attendees have already completed our Moving and Handling Principles course, or an equivalent.

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). While we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Course duration

One day.

Topics covered

You will learn safer lifting techniques, how to identify potential handling risks in an emergency situation, and how to move and handle casualties so that risks are reduced. These include:

  • Applying moving and handling principles and basic skills
  • Risk assessment
  • Using carry chairs, ambulance trollies, wheelchairs and other handling tools

Two St John Ambulance trainers moving an evacuation chair

Assessment and certification


Continuous observation by the trainer.


Successful candidates receive a St John Ambulance certificate, valid for three years.

This course is available to run on-site only. To book this course for a group at your premises, please get in touch.

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