Patient Transporting and Handcuff Training

In brief

  • Course title: Patient Transporting and Handcuff Training
  • Certified Yes
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Who should attend

Employees who are responsible for patient transportation. Patient transportation drivers and escorts. Also suitable for forensic mental health workers who are responsible for the safe transfer of patients.

Course description:

Patient Transporting and Handcuff Training Course

This course includes all aspects of safe Patient Transporting, PMVA L1 breakaway and mechanical handcuff training. This includes breakaway, transporting patient safety consideration and mechanical restraint training. .

The training course is delivered by fully qualified General Services Association (GSA). All our tutors hold a BTEC Level 3 Handcuff Trainers qualification.

Participants will learn effective physical interventions and mechanical restraint in a safe and professional environment.

Why use handcuffs when transporting patients?

The use of handcuffs should be considered for:

If a patient is assessed and considered to present a High Risk Escort, the Clinical Team should
consider whether or not the use of handcuffs represents an appropriate method of managing the
identified risks. In emergency or unforeseen situations however, the RMO or on-call consultant, Duty
Senior Nurse and ward staff should make this assessment jointly.
The availability and use of handcuffs within the forensic directorate will not normally be discussed in
the presence of patients or visitors. However, a Clinical Team should always discuss the use of
handcuffs with an individual patient for an escorted journey to or from the secure environment prior
to the event to inform them of the decision to use handcuffs on the journey, the procedure, and to
obtain their views, but does not include the patient’s consent. The timing of the discussion with the
patient is important, specifically where there is believed to be a risk of absconsion, to mitigate
against the patient communicating details of the journey to anyone minded to assist the patient’s
absconsion. In emergency situations, the on-call doctor and Duty Senior Nurse will discuss this issue
with the patient following discussion with the patient’s RMO or on-call consultant.
The handcuffs will be applied at the point of departure of the patient, and they must be removed
immediately upon return. All journeys where service users are handcuffed should depart and arrive
via the vehicle airlock, which offers a discrete route and suitable location for handcuffs to be applied
and removed prior to leaving and on re-entering the building.

• patients whose significant risk of absconding cannot be adequately managed by appropriate numbers of experienced staff. The level of risk should be supported by a clinical risk assessment completed and recorded in the patient’s case notes.

• the management of a patient who is considered to present a significant risk of harm to self or others whilst being escorted, or if they were to abscond from the escort. The level of risk should be supported by a clinical risk assessment completed and recorded in the patient’s case notes.

• transferred prisoners who are considered to present a significant risk of absconding. The level of risk should be supported by a clinical risk assessment completed and recorded in the patient’s case notes.

• a patient deemed fit to attend court but who may be a risk of assaulting staff may be handcuffed, when this becomes the only safe available option in managing the risk confronted by the escorting staff.



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