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2 Day PMVA and Restraint Equipment Course


This is a 2 day course suitable for staff that work in NHS Mental Health Trusts or responsible for the transportation of violent patients. It is also suitable for security staff as the restraint techniques are more advanced than those on SIA courses.


The course covers all aspects of how to prevent and manage violence and aggression (PMVA). The course can be made bespoke to the needs of the client and typical content is below: 

  • Conflict Management and de-escalation skills
  • Recognising what happens to the human body when experiencing fear
  • Understanding the law regarding the use of force under Common Law and Section 3(1)(a) Criminal Law Act 1967
  • Powers of arrest
  • The Human Right Act
  • Manual Handling Regulations
  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act
  • Breakaway and self defence techniques (if applicable)
  • Practice of low level physical intervention techniques
  • Practice of high risk (advanced) restrictive physical intervention techniques
  • The medical implications of using handcuffs and soft restraints
  • Avoiding and detection of positional asphyxia
  • How to apply the handcuffs and soft-cuffs to a passive subject
  • How to apply the handcuffs and soft-cuffs to an aggressive subject
  • How to remove handcuffs and soft-cuffs safely



Intelligensa teach in accordance with NHS guidelines and are recommended trainers on All our staff hold teaching qualifications and subject specific qualifications. We are affiliated to, licensed by and quality assured by the National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS). We are a licensed centre with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) and deliver BTEC qualifications by Pearson Edexcel. We are members of the Institute of Conflict Management (ICM).

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