4 Day PMVA/MOVA Training

Introduction to PMVA/MOVA Training

The Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) Training course has been designed and developed to meet the needs and expectations of customers whose employees regularly deal with violence or aggression during the course of their work and, who need to employ all the skills from conflict management, breakaway to physical restraint. The course is delivered over 4 days and builds on a frame work of knowledge underpinned by current Law, Regulations and Guidance.

The following information gives an overview of the topics covered during the 4 days. Candidates are expected to actively participate in group exercises, general discussion and will be required to demonstrate effective team working skills. A requirement of all candidates is a reasonable level of fitness and general health in order to participate in the physical elements of the course and all candidates will need to complete a fitness questionnaire in order to ascertain this

Day 1

Summary of Outcomes:

  1. Develop an understanding of Law relating to the management of conflict
  2. Assess & apply a risk assessment to all risks associated with dealing with conflict
  3. Understand the importance of effective communication skills
  4. Understanding the risks associated with lone working & applying principals of safe working
  5. Identify post incident support & reporting procedures within your organisation

Programme Day 1:

q       Introduction to workplace violence.

q       Understanding Reasonable Force: Common Law

q       Understanding Reasonable Force: Section 3 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967

q       Human Rights Act Article 2

q       Health and Safety at Work Legislation:

q       Sections 2, 3, 7 & 8

q       Regulations 3, 8 and 14 of Managing Health and Safety at Work

q       Self awareness

q       Proactive service delivery

q       Communication skills

q       Signalling non aggression

q       Defusing and calming

q       High risk conflict

q       Lone working protocol

q       Post incident support

All our Conflict Management trainers have attended the NHS CFSMS Conflict Resolution National Syllabus Familiarisation Seminar & are able to meet the 10 objectives as identified by CFSMS relating to the Conflict Management National Syllabus.

Day 2  

Summary of outcomes:

  • Realise that breakaway & self-defence techniques are only used when all other options have failed.
  • Understand the Law in relation to the use of force for personal Defence and / or the Defence of others.
  • Understand how Health & Safety legislation is there for your benefit.
  • Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974, sections 2, 3, 7 and 8
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulations 3, 8 and 14.
  • Apply the correct & safest way to defend themselves from a variety of wrist & body grabs whilst standing, seated behind a desk, in a bed situation, and whilst in a car for those in the community.
  • Know the quickest & safest escape from strangles.
  • How to apply an effective stance in order to deal with head butts, punches, kicks, & kneeing to the groin.
  • Assess, & use your environment, thus working out the quickest possible escape route, to minimise confrontation.
  • Remember this is only used as a last resort when your de-escalation & defusing techniques have failed, and to use the minimum amount of force, thus minimising any possible injury to yourself, & the assailant, & to continually remember your responsibility towards therapeutic input at all times. 


    q       Relevant legislation dealing with violence & aggression-criminal law.

    q       Escape from wrist grabs, body grabs, hair & clothing grabs.

    q       Breakaway from strangulations including attacker using ligatures.

    q       Dealing with punches, head butts, kicks, & groin attacks.

    q       How to deal with assaults whilst on the floor.

    q       Use of defensive body positioning & personal space.

    q       Aspects of good communication skills.

    q       The “what if’s”.

Day 3 & 4 

  • Basic Law related to restraint
  • Health & Safety at Work Regulations
  • The Childrens Act (If Required)
  • Human rights Legislation
  • The use of your Communication Skills to prevent Restraint wherever possible 
  • Positional Asphyxia risks 
  • Non-Harmful Methods of Control 
  • Teamwork: Contact and Cover 
  • Restrictive methods of control 
  • Controlled Take-Up and Down 
  • Distraction techniques (only if required) 
  • Demonstration of techniques that should not be used.
  • Pain compliance techniques if required

Course Programme

  • Introduction to workplace violence
  • Criminal Law in relationship to restraint
  • The Children’s Act (If required)
  • Health & Safety at Work Legislation
  • Human Rights Acts
  • Depravation of Liberty (DOL) issues
  • Have an understanding of how the suing culture works and defence against it.
  • The use of your communication skills to prevent restraint wherever possible
  • Positional asphyxia risks
  • Non-pain compliant methods of control – 2,3 and 4 man teams
  • Teamwork: Contact and Cover
  • Shepherding, Figure of four, thumb in palm,
  • To the chair, the rest position, change over’s
  • Taking clients through door ways
  • Restrictive methods of control (pain compliance) where identified by risk assessment
  • Controlled take down and up
  • Techniques for seclusion if required.
  • Demonstration of techniques that should not be used
  • Incident Reporting and De-briefing
  • Remember the most important aspect is to try to defuse and de-escalate – if possible try to avoid restraint

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample programme which can be adapted for your specific needs. 

Trainers facilitating the course follow the ICM code of practise and the all Wales NHS Passport .

The Institute of Conflict Management has awarded Basis Training (UK) Limited           

With the Quality Award Centre Status (QAC Registration Number QAC2022)

Relating to: 
Element 1: Training Design. 
Element 2: Training Delivery. 
Element 3 Training Evaluation & Feedback

The physical aspects of the training have been risk assessed. The publication by the Department of Health “Positive & Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive intervention” state the following:

127. There are no universally accepted standards for the use of physical restraint although both the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)44 and the Institute of Conflict Management (ICM)45 offer voluntary quality accreditation schemes) If you require a copy of the report please look at the ICM website.

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 Essential Info

Who should attend?

  • All employees who work within an environment where there is a requirement for the use of restraint

Teaching methods

  • Power Point presentation, case studies
  • Group Discussions 
  •  Demonstration & Practice Under Observation

Duration of course

 Four days

Number of delegate places

  • Minimum 6
  • Maximum 16

Trainers  Qualifications

  • Follow the ICM code of practise and the all Wales NHS Passport The company has also been accorded ICM Quality Award Centre status (QAC Registration Number QAC2022) which means that all physical breakaway skills have been risk assessed and have fulfilled the criteria set out by the ICM Quality Award. Trainers are ENB A74 Qualified. who has attended the NHS CFSMS Conflict Resolution National Syllabus Familiarisation Seminar & are able to meet the 10 objectives as identified by CFSMS relating to the Conflict Management National Syllabus. Lone Working & Conflict Awareness Corporate Personnel Training. Edusafe Personal Safety Programme. 


  • A Booklet is issued to all attending the course along with a certificate of attendance.