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Manual Handling Training

Consultant & Registered Osteopath

Robert joined us in 2014 and is our Edinburgh based Manual Handling Training and Risk Assessment Consultant. Please view Robert's client testimonials below. Outside of Osteopathic Solutions Robert runs his own private Osteopathy practice in Edinburgh. Away from work Robert enjoys spending time with his two young sons. This keeps him fit, supple and teaches him a lot about how a healthy body should work.

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'' As an Occupational Osteopath, I have been treating the ill effects of poor workplace behaviour, design, practice and implementation for over 15 years.


Working with Osteopathic Solutions has given me the chance to affect these issues up front. A detailed knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and musculoskeletal health allows me, and our other trainers, to advise and train to a higher and more bespoke standard than other providers.


I enjoy working for Osteopathic Solutions because we don't just regurgitate the HSE manual. We teach manual handling methods that are the most biomechanically efficient. ''

The manual handling course was perfect for what I needed. We did lots of practical in the hangar showing us the correct posture and grips for bag handling which is what we do most of. We were also shown how to teach squat and lunge lifting, pushing and pulling; teaching us where the weight should come from e.g. legs and hips, not back. I feel I got a lot out of this course and feel I can show my team better handling to save their back and shoulders which is what my team seem to hurt the most.

Brenda Tait, Security Supervisor at Babcock MCS Offshore (formerly Bond Offshore Helicopters)


Manual Handling Training for Gravesham Borough Council's Refuse & Recycling, Street Cleansing,

Parks & Grounds Maintenance & Cemetaries Teams in November 2018

Thank you to Osteopathic Solutions for delivering the manual handling training. It was well received and Rishi Patel pitched it at the right level for the operatives. I think being a practising Osteopath meant that he was taken a lot more seriously than if he was someone who wasn’t working in this profession. 

Martin Wates, Horticultural Services Manager

Gravesham Borough Council

I must say my team and I were extremely impressed and satisfied with the training Robert Smith delivered.  It was tailored to meet our unique requirements and everyone gained something from it. I have no doubt that if our staff follow the guidance provided they will reduce the chances of injuring themselves in their day to day tasking.

Keith Hodgson, Estates Manager at The High School of Glasgow

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What did you like about our trainer’s 3 Day Instuctor Course delivery?

I thought Robert did a really nice job with very detailed explanations.


 Was the course well structured by our trainer? Did it flow? If not, how could it have been improved?


Yes over the 3 days it was relaxed and a good learning environment. 


Was the information presented in a simple & easily understandable way, avoiding medical jargon?


Yes good detail was given when necessary.

Ian Moran, Production Superviser

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Perth  


Lydd site Attendees' feedback:

The courses were delivered in a very professional and practical manner. Robert was an effective instructor and it was good that he concentrated on realistic use of his techniques in our dynamic working environment.

Captain John Sheldon, Deputy Chief Pilot at Bristow Group


2 Day Manual Handling Instructor Assessor Course in 2015

Just a quick note re the training last week. It was great. Very practical which is exactly what I was after.

2 Hour Manual Handling Practical Skills Courses in 2016

Thanks again for the great courses.

Ruth Hill, Safety Manager at ABP Food Group Perth

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What did you like about our trainer’s delivery?

The 2 Day Instructor Course was at a good pace. Explanations and examples were given when needed or asked for.

Kim Turner, Distribution Shift Manager & Attendee

Delivery was relaxed and wasn’t just read off slides. Practical delivery was adapted to help each individual in the necessary way.

Claire Adam, Learning & Development

The way Robert explained and talked through the training materials.

During the practical, Robert adapted for each attendee.

Each one of us got attention from him although it was a group of 5.

  Olesja Kuznetsova       

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Thanks again for coming to Plenmeller and delivering the Manual Handling Training. Everyone who attended found it both enjoyable and interesting.

Steve Leighton, Blow Moulding Trainer

For information about Robert Smith's Osteopathic Clinic in Edinburgh please click this link.

Osteopathic Solutions Ltd

T:  0845 299 3513

Company Registration Number: 07743200

VAT Registration Number: 139 388572

CPD Certification Service Member Number: 12602

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