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In the UK, there are 168 NHS hospitals managed by acute trusts and Hospitals are one of the largest employment sectors in the UK.

A Hospital is a health care institution providing patient patient treatment with specialized medical and nursing staff and medical equipment and have a range of departments and specialist units.


They include a wide range of roles, with different skills required and varying levels of demand and can be one of the most demanding industries. The range of different working environments available to hospital staff does enable you to work anywhere in the country but it does mean potentially stressful and unsociable hours.

In order to enter the industry, being qualified and prepared for the job is essential. Those looking to enter or work within the industry must ensure they are prepared for the high level of commitment that care work entails.  This includes providing staff members with the necessary information instruction and training to ensure that not only those they support, but also those doing the supporting are kept safe.

Acorn Health and Safety have considerable expertise and are highly regarded in this sector with both Directors careers being formed in the NHS. We have considerable experience and a detailed understanding of a variety of settings including:


  • NHS and private hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care homes
  • Hospices and hospice at home
  • Private care providers
  • Treatments centres
  • Community settings
  • Nursing and home care agencies

We recognise that activities of daily living involve risk taking and strive to provide practical, workable solutions to keep staff, clients and their families safe

Over the past nineteen years we’ve gained significant experience and expertise working within the medical sector and we can provide training that covers a range of different practices from working in adult social care to practical clinical skills which complements that which you already do.

Our Manual Handling Foundation and updates courses are aligned to The Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) and are delivered using an evidence based approach, supported by reference to relevant regulatory requirements.  This includes the Care Quality Commission (CQC), The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Resuscitation Council (UK).

The CSTF Framework can be used by any healthcare employer in the UK. Used by NHS and independent healthcare providers, bank staff and agency organisations, it gives confidence that training standards have been met and standardises the interpretation of statutory/mandatory or clinical/care training. It can improve the quality and consistency of training provision and is applicable across all four UK countries.

Our offering is wide ranging and often designed to meet the individual and varied needs of your business, staff members and importantly those you care for. A number of our more popular courses are listed below:

Manual Handling             Foundation level training and updates, focusing on the key principles of sit, stand, walk, slide and hoist.  Training that develops skills and confidence using readily available equipment

Moving and Handling Train the Trainer course               Our six day, flagship College of Occupational Therapists (COT) endorsed course, designed for those seeking a people handling trainer qualification.  This course is a widely recognised and highly regarded trainer’s qualification

Bespoke                               A one day course covering first aid, fire safety, health and safety and manual handling, ideal for those organisations with staff needing regular updating or regularly recruiting such as nursing agencies.  This training can incorporate your organisations policies and procedures

Online                                   Accessible training when you need it, fire, first aid, manual handling, health and safety, legionella and more…

Many organisations from small local care providers through to national organisations choose Acorn Health & Safety for our expertise in this specialist area.

Our tailored course programmes are particularly suited to organisations with specific learning outcomes and we offer open and in-house courses that are developed to meet the requirements of the Care Certificate and CQC requirements.

We provide training for staff members working across the health and social care spectrum including carers, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, owner/managers and professions allied to medicine. We work regularly with staff members supporting a wide and diverse range of clients including:

  • Mental health
  • Paediatrics
  • Learning disabilities
  • Older people
  • General medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative care

Our courses take into consideration a wide variety of published guidance and information from regulatory, advisory and professional bodies.  This includes the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Resuscitation Council (UK).

Owing to the practical nature of our courses, a basic level of general fitness is required and the courses are between 3 & 12 hours duration (depending on content).

We also provide a comprehensive health and safety consultancy service within this sector, from policy development to risk assessments for expectant mothers and manual handling assessments for patients with complex needs, we can help.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.  You can e-mail or call us on 0117 958 2070.

Danny Street, Director