Blue Concept’s PMVA trainers are all qualified General Services Association (GSA)
tutors. The GSA physical intervention system provides employees with a set of effective
techniques that may be used to either breakaway from violent situations or apply
restraint where appropriate.
If you work in health care sector in the UK you will most likely be familiar with
the GSA training system for conflict resolution and PMVA training. The GSA training
is a tried and tested system of physical interventions favoured by a large number
of Health Boards and NHS Trusts across the UK. It is also the chosen model for training
by many private health care organisations, local government and private companies.
What is PMVA training? PMVA is an acronym for the Prevention and Management of Violence
and Aggression. It describes a range of training developed in the NHS to equip front-line
staff with the skills to manage difficult situations and people with challenging
The GSA was formed in 1988 to provide guidance and training in the safe management
of violent behaviour for NHS staff in clinical areas, general hospitals and psychiatric
units across the country. The demand for such support has increased to encompass
education workers, community and other employees whose daily tasks expose them to
Techniques are reviewed and developed by hands-on clinicians on an annual basis.
All new techniques scrutinised by a robust, accountable process, informed by evidence
based analysis and risk assessed by Dr Tony Bleetman a renowned expert in the physical
All GSA recognised courses include aspects on conflict resolution, safety, medical
risks, risk assessments, legal accountability, de-escalation and physical techniques
to keep both patients and staff safe. All GSA tutors attend annual, mandatory update
training to maintain their tutor status.