GSA PMVA & Physical Intervention Training

The GSA is recognised as one of the leading models in the management and prevention of violence and aggression training.

Our PMVA courses are underpinned by the principals of Positive Behavioural Support and adhere to the BILD/ RRN Training Standards for restrictive interventions.

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GSA PMVA and Physical Intervention Courses at Aiker Training

GSA Physical Intervention & PMVA

Cost per person for open courses

£199 +VAT

Delivered to your workforce for groups up to 9 people

£475 (per day) +VAT

Call 01603 986 719 To book a private course

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

Our PMVA training is tailored to your service and can range from 1 day to 5 days- depending on what training your service needs. 

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 critical to services to avoid the emergence of abusive practice.

The Used throughout the NHS and private sector as well as education and childcare, 

Our Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression training put the service user at the centre of their behaviour.

Our focus is on understanding the behaviour and working towards reducing it before restraint, and restrictive practice becomes necessary.

Our skills are ‘pain-free’, and our restraint techniques 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, safe and supportive manner.

Our PMVA tutors are fully qualified GSA trainers. They have over a decade of 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.

Aim of The Course
  • To provide staff with the physical skills to restrain a service user safely and effectively.
  • To ensure staff have the underpinning knowledge to apply restraint skills positively and therapeutically.
  • 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.
Objectives of The Course
  • To cover a variety of restraint techniques relevant to the service users.
  • To instil a positive, least restrictive ideology behind restraint.
  • Use techniques to a safe standard recognising when and how harm may occur.
  • To be able to use the correct restraint techniques in the least restrictive way based on dynamic risk assessments.
Module 1 (1 Day)
  • The Use of Force and The Law (Theory)
  • Breakaway Physical Skills (Practical)
Module 2 (3 Hours)
  • Challenging Behaviour and De-escalation
Module 3 (2 Hours)
  • The Physical Risks & Psychological Impact of Restraint
Module 4 (4 Hours)

Low Level Physical Intervention Skills

  • Basic Guiding Holds
  • Basic Secure Holds
  • Seated Restaint & De-escalation
Module 5 (1 Day)

Supine Restraint Physical Skills

  • Planned descent to supine
  • Service-user ‘unplanned’ descent to supine
  • Holding in supine
  • Supine de-escalation
  • Standing from the ground
Module 6 (1 Day)

Prone Restraint Physical Skills

  • Planned descent to Prone
  • Holding in prone
  • Prone de-escalation
  • Standing from the ground
  • Moving from supine to prone
  • Moving from prone to supine
Module 7 (1 Day)

Advanced & Emergency Restraint Skills

  • Emergency level holds
  • Seclusion exit procedures
  • Restraint in to beanbags
  • Administering I.M. medication in Supine
  • Restraint into vehicles
  • Use of handcuffs & soft cuffs

This course duration is variable based on the modules required. Each day runs between at 09:30 – 16:30.

Assessment Process for this course

Learners will engage in a series of group activities and feedback sessions to assess learning.

All learners will also be subject to an assessment of physical skills carried by the lead instructor.

Thos engaged physical restraint training will also be required to undertake a formal written assessment paper.


This course certificated as taught under the GSA standards.

What Other Learners Say About This Course....

Me and my colleagues have just spent three days being trained in restraint. The instructions and demonstrations to the group were clear and concise. The trainers theory base has depth and breadth which helps to develop the learner’s understanding of why we do something and more importantly why we dont take hold of patients in particular ways.

Pauline Kelly / Milestones Hospital

SMT have given Aiker Training all of its PMVA, mechanical restraint and search training, MVA will be keeping records of staff who need refreshers etc and a close working partnership has evolved.
I honestly can not give enough credit to this very professional and highly qualified training company. 100% Brilliant, Thank you

Mick Down / SMT Ambulance Service

I enjoyed the 5 day course. I have done many similar courses over the years. However, this course had a better balance of theory and practice. Understanding the law around MVA is vital to putting it into practice with confidence through appropriate justification.

Menkius Edwards

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is physical intervention (PMVA) training?

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.

What makes your physical intervention programme different?

We take a 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, 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.

How can I book PMVA training?

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

Or see if we have one courses bookable online here

Who are The GSA?

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).

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