GSA PMVA Refresher Training

The GSA are widely recognised as one of the leading model of personal safety and Physical Intervention training (PMVA).

Underpinned by the principals of Positive Behavioural Support our PMVA course are designed to be service and service user centric, and adhere to the BILD/ RRN Training Standards for restrictive interventions.

Candidates wishing to attend a PMVA refresher must have completed a GSA physical skills course within the last 15 months prior to the course date.

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GSA PMVA and Physical Intervention Courses at Aiker Training

GSA PMVA Refreshers

Cost per person for open courses

£90 +VAT

Delivered to your workforce for groups up to 9 people

£475 +VAT

Call 01603 986 719 To book a private course

More About This Course


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.

This refersher course is 1 day. Learnes attending this course must have completed a GSA course within the last 12- 15 months to be eligible to attend.

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.

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.

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

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.

Aim of The Course
  • To refresh staff on 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.
Objectives of The Course
  • 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.
Module 1

Breakaway & Person Safety Skills Refresher.

Module 4

Low Level Physical Intervention Skills

  • Basic Guiding Holds
  • Basic Secure Holds
  • Seated Restaint & De-escalation
Module 5

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 (if required)

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

This course duration is 1 day (09:00 – 1700)

Assessment Process for this course

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


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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