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Safe Holding

Course Date: Bespoke dates only, please contact to arrange

Course Leader: Kym Shorthouse, Crystal Stean, David Dodd

Duration of Course: 7 Hours

Location: Livewell Southwest Academy, Physical Intervention Room, Mount Gould Hospital

Accreditation Length: 1 year

Price: Please contact us for a quote

Safe Holding is a low level restraint that can be applied when it is in the individual’s best
interest to be restrained, in line with their personal care and theirs or others safety.


Objectives/Aims of Course

This course is delivered 50% in the classroom, and 50% in a spacious room, and combines a mix of theory and primarily practical based skills.

Staff will learn the physical and theoretical side of Safe Holding, and will be assessed on their competence to apply the techniques and methods safely and within the best practice guidance, legislation and relevant policies.
All skills learnt are delivered via The General Services Association (GSA) curriculum, whereby the GSA develop and disseminate best practice in the management of violence and aggression, primarily in health, social care and educational settings.

Course Programme

  1. To understand & justify the use of Safe Holding in relation to guidance, legislation & policy.
  2. To implement safe and the least restrictive Safe Hold skills e.g. escorting patients; seated Safe Holds; Safe Holds while fitting/removing an NG tube; bed Safe Holds, and beanbag Safe Holds.
  3. To implement a culture of transparency for Physical Intervention, in relation to patient centred Care Planning.
  4. To implement effective debrief sessions, in relation to best practice guidance.
  5. To identify and understand the risks associated with Safe Holding.

Course Deliverables

This course will provide a Certificate of Training in Safe Holding

Who Should Attend (including pre-requisites)

Staff who are working with clients whose behaviour challenges or causes distress, whereby their distress may cause them or others harm or may interfere with their personal care.

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