As is being widely reported, not only by ourselves, but in other areas too – the numbers of cases relating to violence and aggression are rising. As a result, we saw interest levels peak in our Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) courses – and now, as restrictions begin to ease in the UK, now it is more important than ever to think about revisiting some of that training.
Many organisations are already thinking about some refresher training. This isn’t just our experience at Basis, but for our counterparts too. You may have heard just before Christmas, Basis joined the NFPS – a membership organisation specialising in keeping themselves and others safe, particularly in job roles where physical restraint is used.
The NFPS is an accrediting body and has considerably grown its membership – even since Basis has joined. They now have 200 agencies on board, just like Basis, that are passionate about protecting staff whilst in their roles, not just from violence and aggression from others, but also for their own mental and physical wellbeing too.
All members are vetted for high standards, certifications and syllabus, and also offer optimum levels of support. Therefore, when it comes to facing violence and aggression, the NFPS is well placed to help – and its members in a good position to share experiences with others.
John Davies, SBRT Ltd Director, said: “At Basis, we’ve already started running some refresher packages and slots have been booking up fast. In fact we have just 3 slots remaining over the next few weeks – so it’s really important to act now if you need to book.
“Many of our clients booking on to refresher sessions are completing it as part of their mandatory training, as they are generally employers in the nursing – one of the sectors most heavily affected by levels of violence and aggression at work.”