Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression | PMVA Updates in Acute Mental Health Settings


  • The PMVA updates training, designed to explore Registered Mental Health Nurses’ and other healthcare professionals’ knowledge on the current legislation and National Guidelines, enhanced skills in dealing with violence and aggression in a mental health setting environment. Healthcare professionals working in an acute mental health environment are at risk of experiencing violent and aggressive behavior from patients.
  • The course contents are in line with the current principles and recommendations of the NHS Protect and National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (Clinical Guideline 25), Department of Health (Guidance for Restrictive Physical Interventions 2002) and the principles of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), the Mental Health Act 2007 Code of Practice, the Human Rights Act 1998, The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its Code of Practice and UK Resuscitation Council.

Course Contents:

  • Legislation and National Guidelines
  • Professional Code of Conduct
  • Professional Roles, Responsibility and Accountability
  • Definition of Terms-Violence, Aggression, Physical Assault, Non Physical Assault
  • Epidemiology of Violence and Aggression in Mental Health Settings
  • CSTF Awareness of Mental Health
  • Neuropsychology of Mental Illness and Substance Misuse
  • Violence Risk Factors
  • Best Practice Tools in Assessment and Management of Risks in Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health Clustering Tool
  • Warning indicators for Staff
  • Negative Approaches to Patient with Mental Illness
  • Managing Violent Incident
  • Short Term Management of Disturbed Violent Behaviour
  • Psychosocial Interventions – Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) , De Escalation Technique and Observation
  • CSTF Person Centered Care
  • Restrictive Interventions (Breakaway Technique, Physical Intervention, Restraint and Seclusion)
  • Gender and Cultural Sensitivity
  • Long Term Segression
  • NHS Protect Guidance
  • Lone Working
  • The Mental Capacity Act and DOLS
  • Positional Asphyxia Risks – Case Scenarios
  • CSTF Communication
  • CSTF Conflict Resolution
  • Break Away Techniques and Team Physical Interventions (Practical)
  • Physical Care and Observation during Physical Interventions
  • CSTF Adult Basic Life Support (BLS) Level 2 with AED (Practical)
  • Record Keeping and Documentation
  • Post Incident Review, Monitoring and Clinical Audit
  • Knowledge and Practical Skills Assessments COMPLETED


  • The above topics are followed by theory assessment (quiz) with a pass mark of 80% designed to test candidates’ understanding of the course.
  • Candidates needs to demonstrate practical safe and assessed breakaway techniques, team physical intervention and BLS .

Fee: £120 mandatory training
Day: Friday
Duration: 0930-1730
Requirements: 5 Days PMVA Training Certificate
Target Audience:  RMNs and other Healthcare Professionals
Lunch will not be provided only Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and during breaks.

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