NHS Lone Worker Training Course

Course Outline

Our lone worker safety training will improve the health and safety, self-awareness and confidence of people who have to work without supervision.

The course is designed to improve understanding of your organisation’s lone worker policy whilst helping staff to feel empowered to resolve situations effectively and safely when working alone.

The training will focus on risk assessment practices, de-escalation and communication skills, positive body language, stance and positioning skills.

Suggested attendees

Staff recognised as lone workers, eg members of community teams.

This NHS Lone Worker training course is aimed at all staff deemed to be lone workers throughout the NHS including:

  • Community staff, clinical and non-clinical
  • Community doctors and healthcare professionals
  • Community Midwives

Course content

Lone working and personal safety

  • Lone working definitions
  • Dynamic risk assessing
  • Information gathering
  • Recognising vulnerable situations
  • Impact factors – personal and environmental

Communication and lone working strategies

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Communication and de-escalation models and strategies

Policies and procedures

  • Lone working policy
  • The legal position on lone working
  • Post-incident procedures
  • Options of support

Physical stance and positioning

  • Self-awareness in lone working situations
  • Distance, stance and positioning
  • Escape routes
  • Tactical awareness

By the end of this course your team will be able to:

  • Define lone working
  • Identify personal safety risks
  • Understand positive communication and strategies to de-escalate
  • Understand policies to keep you safe

At the end of this course your team will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance
  • Access to a dedicated delegate resource area via IKON Academy
  • Duration 3.5 hours

  • Delegates 16 Max

Delivery methods

IKON Live,
live online training

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Many of our courses, especially those with physical skills, can be delivered in a face-to-face in-person training environment, either at your venue or ours.

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