PMVA Training

PMVA (Prevention and Management of Violence and aggression) training helps to reduce the risks of violence and aggression.

Duration of Course

1 Day Refresher/3 Day PMVA

Refresher 1 Day Course is aimed at those who already hold a full PMVA Certificate that is due to expire but is still in date. IF your full training certificate has already expired, we suggest that you look at taking our full 3 Day Course.

Course Overview

PMVA (Prevention and Management of Violence and aggression) training helps to reduce the risks of violence and aggression by developing staff knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively manage incidents from various groups. Training of this kind is especially useful (and sometimes a pre-requisite) in Mental Health settings.


All candidates are required to complete a Health Questionnaire before attending this course. If you have any medical issues that may impair your ability to participate in the practical sessions of this training, please contact us prior to booking the course to discuss. Our PMVA is suitable for Qualified nurses, Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers working in mental health settings.


On completion delegates will learn to safely apply appropriate non-restrictive or (where necessary) restrictive physical interventions as alternatives to the primary non-escalation and secondary de-escalation strategies which we will help you to put in place. Delegates will receive an accredited certificate of attendance which is valid for 1 year.

  • Health and Safety at Work Act

  • Personal Safety Awareness & Challenging Behaviour

  • The Law and the Use of Reasonable Force

  • Mental Capacity Act

  • Risk in Restraint

  • Recent Influences on Physical Intervention (Guidelines)


  • Human Right Act

  • Conflict Management 9De-escalation and Communication)

  • Wrist Grabs (parallel and Diagonal)

  • Clothing Grabs (Various)

  • Slaps, Punches and Kicks

  • Hair Pulls (*Various including Pony Tail Grabs)

  • Chair De-escalation

  • Strangle holds

  • Planned Approach ( Restraining Violent Patient as Part of a Response Team)

  • Role of the Head Person

  • Prone Restraint

  • Managing Legs

  • Supine Restraint & IM Medication

  • Turning the Patient

  • Seclusion Exits & Seated De-escalation