NHS Breakaway Training Course

Course outline

Our breakaway course is designed to help staff groups remove themselves from potential harm.

The simple, effective techniques aim to provide your people with the practical skills and knowledge to disengage from an individuals grasp creating an opportunity to escape., whilst also understanding the legal and medical considerations of using any physical skills technique.

Each session comprises of both theory and practical skills, providing techniques to meet the needs of your organisation, clients and your people.

Suggested attendees

All frontline NHS staff whose work brings them into direct contact with patients and members of the public – under legislation it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that individuals and roles are risk-assessed in relation to violence and aggression.

This NHS Breakaway training course is aimed at all staff throughout the NHS where a higher level of risk occurs including:

  • Emergency department staff
  • Theatre Teams
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Portering staff

Course content

Procedural and legal context

  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • The legal framework and how it can support you

Distance, stance and positioning

  • Distance – action vs. reaction
  • Positive body language

Relocation/distraction skills

  • Safe moving/relocation of an individual
  • Balance displacement techniques

Breakaway and disengagement techniques

  • Disengagement skills
  • Medical implications of techniques

By the end of this course your team will be able to:

  • Understand the law on self defence
  • Remove themselves from aggressive behaviours
  • Prevent behaviours escalating using strategies and skills

At the end of this course your team will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance
  • Access to a dedicated delegate resource area via IKON Academy
  • Duration 3.5 hours

  • Delegates 12 Max

Delivery methods


Many of our courses, especially those with physical skills, can be delivered in a face-to-face in-person training environment, either at your venue or ours.

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    • ... the professionalism, the experience and the knowledge shown by IKON Training was first class. They understood our needs and promptly developed a programme of training which we rolled out to over 120 hospital-based staff.

      Colchester Provide CIC

    • I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years and this was hands down the best conflict resolution training I have had. Thank you.

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