Deborah Harrison

A1 Risk Solutions Ltd / University of Salford

Managing Director of A1 Risk Solutions ® Ltd and an Honorary Lecturer, at the University of Salford, U.K. Deborah is passionate about manual handling, creating competent workforces and assisting people to solve problems. Specialising in manual handling training and complex risk assessments.

Deborah has extensive experience in the field of reducing care packages and currently delivers a three day train the trainer programme that assists organisations realise the benefits of single handed care. Deborah in 2016 explored the barriers to single handed care and analysed the results of the survey.

Deborah is a regular blogger on the topic and has worked with all the equipment providers using their products and producing videos and safe systems of work and has developed a section of her online training and risk management system solely to single handed care.

Originally Deborah qualified as a nurse and then furthered her studies in business management, patient manual handling, ergonomics and vocational rehabilitation. Deborah has worked across several sectors as a moving and handling advisor; NHS, local councils, mental health services, private care homes, education, schools and equipment suppliers.

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Bed blocking - Is single handed care the answer?

NHS acute beds are precious and they are being blocked because care packages are not being established effectively, resulting in the fining of Local authorities. It is estimated that these fines, in 2017 will cost 15,000,000 worth of care hours. As the elderly population increases, the next 20 years will see the number of over 85 year olds doubling with the number of over 100 year olds being quadrupled, therefore increasing pressure on already stretched services (HM Government, 2008, 2009). Service users are being forced to move into care homes until care packages can be established. This workshop will explore how some of these issues may be alleviated by using single handed care in the community and how that will look as a strategy. As health and social services are now beginning to integrate services it could be assumed that integrated services would make the implementation easier.