GSA PMVA & Physical Intervention Training

Our PMVA Physical Intervention training is provided under the GSA model and is widely recognised as one of the best frameworks for managing and reducing challenging behaviour.

PMVA Training is required in many services for the safety of staff, service users and members of the public. Course times vary depending on the level of training your business needs.

Used throughout the NHS and private sectors in health and social care, education and childcare, our PMVA training puts the service user at the centre of their behaviour while helping staff to understand that behaviour and work towards reducing it before restraint and restrictive practice becomes necessary.

The GSA and our training have always focused on a therapeutic approach to care and violence management by educating staff about challenging behaviour and the causes for it. In light of recent abuse scandals, this methodology has become ever more important to services to avoid the emergence of abusive practice.

Based on a ‘pain-free’ methodology, our restraint techniques are designed to support those that may be affected by behavioural disturbances rather than punish.

Included in our all our Physical Intervention (PMVA) courses are theory presentations on Understanding Challenging BehaviourDe-Escalation and the Physical and Psychological Risks Of Restraint to ensure that all staff using the skills do so in a therapeutic and supportive manner.

As members of the Restraint Reduction Network, we are currently working towards our accreditation with BILD and the RRN to support NHS commissioned services.

GSA PMVA Training for the NHS Based in Norfolk, we can deliver PMVA training to your organisation throughout the UK.

Our PMVA tutors are fully qualified GSA trainers and have over a decade experience in both the use of the training in secure services and in teaching the subject, using real experiences and underpinning knowledge to embed the learning.


Course Duration

Refresher Period

This course certificated

About This Training Course

The identified aims of our PMVA Training courses are:

To provide staff with the physical skills to restrain a service user in a safe and effective way.
To ensure staff have the underpinning knowledge to apply restraint skills in a positive and therapeutic manner.
To promote a person centric, ethical and human rights based approach to restraint.
To promote best practice in line with legislation and restrictive intervention reduction frameworks.

The objectives of this course are:

To cover a variety of restraint techniques relevent to the service users to whom they may be used with.
To instill a positive, least restrictive ideology behind restraint.
For staff to use techniques to a safe standard recognising when and how harm may occur.
To be able to use the correct restraint techniques in least restrictive way based on dynamic risk assessments.

This course covers the following topics:

Module 1:
The Use Of Force & The Law Theory (3 Hours)
Breakaway & Personal Safety Skills

Module 2:
Understanding Challenging Behaviour & De-escalation Theory (3 Hours)
Physical Intervention Skills:
– Guiding Holds & Secure Holds
– Seated Restraint

Module 3: 
The Physical & Psychological Risks Of Restraint (2 Hours)
Physical Intervention Skills:
– Supine Restraint (Face up floor holds, safe decent and standing from the floor)
– Team Interventions

Module 4:
Physical Intervention Skills:
– Prone Restraint (Facedown floor holds, safe decent and standing from the floor)
– The Law and best practice surrounding the use of prone restraint.

Module 5:
Specialist Physical Intervention Skills:
– Restraint into beanbags
– Seclusion exit procedures
– Administering I.M. medication in Supine
– Clinical procedures under restraint (taking bloods)

This course is normally delivered between the hours of 09:30 – 16:30 for up to 5 days

When completing our physical intervention training programme learners will undergo a 3 part assessment.

Throughout the course we assess the learner’s attitude towards restraint, challenging behaviour and general approach to care and training. If a learner has a negative attitude this may affect their course result.

We also assess physical skills throughout the duration of the course as well as formal scenario-based assessments at the end.

Finally we assess the learners knowledge and understanding of the theory aspects through a written test paper at the end of the course.

The course is normally delivered as a certificated course, covering all the aspects required by your training needs analysis.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Physical Intervention is more commonly known as restraint- the intentional application of restrictive holds designed to limit a person’s freedom of movement to prevent them causing harm to themselves or to other people. Such skills are commonly used in teams of 2 or more skilled professionals. Our Physical Intervention skills are backed by a framework of underpinning knowledge around behaviour management.

We take a very serious approach to the prevention of abusive practice when managing violent and aggressive behaviour.
Our training is based on a set of skills designed not to cause pain, and which puts the individual at the centre of the incident.
Our focus is restraint avoidance and adopting a therapeutic approach to behaviour management.
Our physical intervention programmes are backed with comprehensive theoretical components exploring the theories of aggression and why people become aggressive, and how to approach the topic of de-escalation as part of a preventative strategy.

If you would like to book this course, please contact: 01508 218 017

We can deliver our physical intervention (PMVA) courses at your venue or a venue of ours (fees may apply). For events further afield, please call to discuss how we can help!

The GSA is our regulatory body governing our breakaway’s and Physical Intervention Training. The GSA set the standards by which we must deliver our courses in the Management of Violence and Aggression (or PMVA, PMA and MOVA as it is sometimes called).