Specialist Induction Training
Care of the individual with a spinal injury
ORIGIN has designed this highly focused and job specific induction training course so new care staff
(known as personal assistants/PAs) can understand the unique role and challenges of being a PA for
someone with a spinal injury, and to equip them with the skills and confidence necessary to meet the
expectations of our clients.
All new applicants attend our free*, bespoke training course in spinal injury care. The specialist
training course, Care of the Individual with a Spinal Injury, provides new members of staff with all the
necessary skills and assesses the knowledge and understanding of each participant. It is considered
the leading course of its kind in the UK.
Participants find the course’s practical and hands-on format informative, friendly and fun – with many
commenting on how useful and valuable it has been as they begin work placements. Similarly, we are
pleased to say that ORIGIN clients are confident the course gives new care staff an in-depth
understanding of spinal injury, the role of PA, the client/PA relationship and the range of practical
No previous experience or formal qualifications are required but it is important that you take an active
part in the learning opportunities presented by the course to get the maximum benefit.
The CARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL WITH A SPINAL INJURY course includes:
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Spine
- Understanding the Risks Associated with Immobility – discussion of medical complications including, breathing, pneumonia, blood clots, spasm.
- Duty of Care and Person Centred Values –promoting wellbeing, supporting independence, managing difficult situations.
- Privacy and Dignity – privacy of information, confidentiality, supporting active participation.
- Bowel Management – covering manual evacuation – using a medical mannequin. Effects of diet and lifestyle. Hygiene best practice.
- Urinary Management – discussion of bladder function, catheters and catheter care.
- Safeguarding – code of conduct, responding to abuse or neglect, information sharing and confidentiality.
- Management of Medication – correct handling of medication, completion of MAR charts.
- Infection Prevention and Control – the chain of infection, hand hygiene, identifying hazards.
- Health and Safety – working safely and securely, risk assessment, legislation.
- Manual handling – practical, safe moving & handling. Equipment – use of hoists, sliding boards and slings. Standing frames.
- Fluids, Nutrition and Food Safety – hydration, cleaning, cooking, storage, cross contamination, use by dates.
- First Aid – burns, bleeds, shock, CPR, recovery position.
- Personal Activities – washing, teeth brushing and shaving. Domestic and social care.
- Understand Your Role – agreed ways of working.
This professional training course is delivered and certificated by LMC and is aligned with the
* the course and your accommodation during attendance is free if you remain available to work with ORIGIN for at least 4 months.