PMVA / Physical Interventions

PMVA / Physical Intervention courses

Working with some people who have a learning disability or who are mentally unwell can be challenging, and staff may be required to physically intervene to keep the individual, others or themselves safe. The courses on offer help staff to work in a consistent, legal and professional manner to defuse and prevent aggression or manage it in the safest way possible with concern for the individual’s well-being at the heart of all interventions.

Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA)

Is a term used by the NHS to describe A set of skills to help staff working with people who have a mental illness or learning disability, defuse and manage potential conflict by using techniques of verbal and non–verbal communication, and physical skills to disengage from an aggressor and or to apply physical intervention / restraint techniques if necessary.
MAV Consultancy has designed its PMVA / physical intervention courses to mirror the syllabus suggested in the Department of Health, Skills for Health, a positive and proactive workforce: “A guide to workforce development for commissioners and employers seeking to minimise the use of restrictive practices in social care and health" (Skills for care & skills for health 2014). 

Understanding service user / customer needs and learning skills to prevent and defuse aggression and violence is core to the training, with staff learning a graded approach to the application of physical interventions dependent on the level of aggression / violence presented.
MAV Consultancy is an approved National Federation of Personal Safety (NFPS) training centre and teaches NFPS physical intervention techniques which have been risk assessed and tested for their effectiveness, safety and ease of learning. They are also compatible with a number of other systems of physical intervention and have concern for the safety of the service user and staff central to their design.  

The NFPS system is consistent with current DOH guidelines, which advises against prone / face down restraint and teaches safe alternatives to this potentially hazardous approach. 
MAV Consultancy provides a full two day course for staff who have previously not undertaken this type of training and for services who wish for their staff to have a nationally recognised qualification, it can be provided as a  BTEC Level 2 Award in Disengagement & Physical Intervention (Vulnerable People). 

One day refresher courses are also available for people that have previously undertaken a similar course and builds on the skill and knowledge they already have. 
MAV Consultancy welcomes discussions with service providers and can design a course to meet your needs and duration. MAV Consultancy is passionate about safe practice and is eager to work with NHS Trusts, and care providers training Physical Intervention instructors in alternative techniques to prone / face down restraint particularly when administering IM injections.

The core physical intervention techniques staff will learn include; practising guiding and prompting techniques, low level holds and finally responding to increasing levels of hostility, for example walking the person, sitting them down, going to knees, de-escalating the situation and restoring calm. Additional techniques will be taught on some courses dependent on the level of violence services experience and at the request of the service commissioning the training.

Bookable PMVA Training and Refresher Courses Northern PMVA Centre Leeds

Refresher Training dates


  • Tuesday 17th October 2017
  • Tuesday 21st  November 2017
  • Tuesday 12th December 2017


PMVA 2-Day Full Course Dates


  • Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October 2017
  • Tuesday 14th and  Wednesday 15th November 2017
  • Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th December 2017
All courses start at 9.30am and finish around 4pm and are held at the Warrior Factory Martial Arts Academy, Wira Business Park, Ring Road, Leeds LS16 6EB. The venue has been picked as it has a large matted training area, male and female toilets / changing rooms and there is a café on site, as well as ample parking nearby.

Price £70 per person per day, participants receive a copy of the course notes, a hard copy and electronic certificate which is acceptable to nursing agencies when seeking work in Mental Health or Learning Disability hospitals and services. Please phone or email to register your interest and book a place.
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