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Direct Healthcare Group has expanded its Safe Moving & Handling team, which aims to offer an enhanced client experience and additional support for healthcare professionals nationwide, including occupational therapists (OTs).

The announcement comes following Direct Healthcare Group’s acquisition and integration of Handicare Patient Handling UK, which sees Direct Healthcare Group (DHG) form an expanded and enhanced Safe Moving & Handling team under the leadership of National Sales Manager William Kelly.

Through the expanded team, DHG can now offer nationwide coverage of a qualified Safe Moving & Handling team, ensuring that healthcare professionals are always within close proximity to support and manage OTs’ caseloads by providing effective moving & handling solutions.

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Under DHG’s leadership, the team has grown to 10 professionals, each of whom are qualified with A1 Risk Solutions to RoSPA Moving and Handling (level 4), enabling them to offer professional guidance and moving & handling best practice suited to an individual’s requirements.

With access to a clinically focussed product portfolio, including System RoMedic transfer and lifting equipment, Linido bathroom solutions and Kirton specialist seating solutions, the team’s outlook is to enable patient mobility for increased health outcomes.

The team also aims to release time to care through ergonomic efficiencies, providing healthcare professionals with a total solutions partner for around-the-clock care in bed, at the bedside and more.

William Kelly, National Sales Manager for the Safe Moving & Handling division at DHG, commented: “The formation and expansion of one Safe Moving & Handling team is a great step forward providing a total solutions provider for moving and handling equipment and specialist seating.

“Early mobility is essential to maintain a client’s health and wellbeing – our competent team, coupled with access to increased solutions, aim to improve clinical outcomes for all users.”

Kirton specialist seating solutions are uniquely combined with DHG’s award-winning pressure care to provide the client with excellent postural management and clinically proven pressure cushions. Designed and manufactured in Wales, the Kirton specialist seats offer comfort and support for individuals with mid-level postural needs, complex postural requirements and neurological conditions, designed with home use in mind.

To complement the client experience and the Ethos Education Webinar Programme from DHG, the Safe Moving & Handling team are available to host certificated skills workshops and joint assessments – either virtually through the EthosGPS remote assessment service or face-to-face where appropriate and in line with social distancing guidelines.

Through a joint assessment, the Safe Moving & Handling team aim to enable an individual stay at home for longer and support hospital discharges.

Direct Healthcare Group is a UK-based company with manufacturing and R&D capabilities. Alongside offering service, repair and rental provisions, the company also provides a range of pressure area care solutions and wheelchair seating products.

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