Healthcare Security Officer Training

Superior Training for your Security Officers.

  • Advanced Conflict Management Skills
  • Threat Assessment and Situational Awareness
  • De-Escalation AND Non-Escalation Skills
  • Full-Spectrum of Physical Skills Required

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training for your team.

Our clients

Hospitals and Healthcare

Public-Facing Organisations

Our Experience in Healthcare Security Training

By understanding the key conflict flashpoints which hospitals everywhere face, and helping you to discover the flashpoints which may be unique or acute in your service right now, our team of advisors and trainers can offer Healthcare Security Officer Training interventions which effectively professionalise your team.  Our aim is that your hospital establishes and protects a social contract - a culture of appropriately dealing with conflict, violence and aggression - which uplifts your staff and allows the values you believe in to shine through in every interaction.

Benefits of our Healthcare Security Officer Training programme:

  • Reduced incidence (and cost) of staff physical or emotional injuries
  • Reduction in patient or visitor complaints and dissatisfaction
  • Improved staff and patient experience of interaction
  • Enhanced safety - even during high-risk incidents.

Hospital Security and Restraint

Our HCSO and Hospital Violence Reduction courses provide a full-spectrum of response-ability across the wide range of encounter types they may experience in the hospital environment, from low-risk through to higher-risk incidents, including more-restrictive interventions and clinical holding situations.

Mental Health Transport

Our Secure Transport training is a flagship course as it incorporates so many different elements of restraint reduction, conflict management and high-risk elements, making it one of our most comprehensive courses.

Dementia Care

Our Safe Caring and Safe Holding courses provide your staff with habits and procedures which help them to work in close proximity with older people who can present with unpredictable or distressed behaviours.

Care of Children

Our experiences with the care of children covers schools, foster care, therapeutic parenting, looked-after children in care homes and is therefore both broad and deep, based on an understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experience, the effects of Trauma and the specific challenges staff face when a child is distressed.

Different Components of Healthcare Security Officer Training

Improving Safety through better Verbalisation Skills

Ensure that patients and visitors are treated with Dignity and Shown Respect

Foster an atmosphere of non-escalation by establishing and protecting the social contract

Encourage collaboration through verbal skills of persuasion and influence.

Encourage consistent Initial Contacts, Empathy and Listening in your interactions

Improving Safety through better Personal Approaches to Risk

Situational Awareness and Proxemics

Understanding the principles of Reasonable Force

The Duty of Reasonable Care

Risk Awareness in Violent Confrontations

Reflexive Movement for Breakaway and Disengagement

Improving Safety by leveraging Teamwork

Teamwork and Communication during incidents

Safe Approach and Verbal Persuasion

Control tactics, Restraint and Immobilisation where necessary as a last resort.

Clinical Procedures for Restraint where necessary

Awareness of the Risks of Sudden Death During Restraint and how to reduce and avoid them

Physical skills development is deployed against a backdrop of in-depth training for HCSOs on the Vistelar training programme for conflict management and crisis intervention.  Physical skills are ‘meshed’ with verbal skills in all possible training evolutions, creating a seamless programme of patient and visitor management during an incident of aggression, violence or emotional disturbance.

Example Course Learning Outcomes

Healthcare Security Officers who complete this training will:

UNDERSTAND - Core Ideas and Concepts the HCSO will take back to the workplace after the Physical Interventions Skills training.

  • In which scenarios a Healthcare Security Officer may use force
  • When Force May Be Used
  • How Much Force to Use
  • The Role of Perception and Belief
  • Omission
  • Recklessness
  • Duty to Self
  • Making decisions in regard to Capacity (MCA) (appropriate to clinical level)
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment
  • Expectations in regard to serious and imminent danger
  • Contributors to restraint-related fatality - officer actions
  • Contributors to restraint-related fatality - subject factors
  • How to read the warning signs of a vulnerable subject
  • What to do if the subject suffers medical collapse
  • Recommended Principles for safely approaching a subject
  • Recommended Principles for managing space and position and body language
  • Recommended Principles for protect oneself from common assaults
  • Recommended Principles to assist a colleague who is being assaulted
  • Recommended Principles for Prompting, Guiding and Escorting a hesitant subject
  • Recommended Principles for controlling a resistant subject (lower risk context)
  • Recommended Principles for controlling a resistant subject (higher risk context)
  • Recommended Principles for holding a resistant subject (lower risk context)
  • Recommended Principles for holding a resistant subject (higher risk context)
  • Recommended Principles for stabilising a resistant subject (high risk context)
  • OPTIONAL Recommended Principles for using restraint devices with a subject to reduce risk.**

Example Learning Outcomes continued:

DO - Skills and Behaviours which the HCSO will be able to deploy after the Physical Interventions Skills training

  • Be able to engage in an interaction with appropriate verbalisation skills which reduce the risk of escalation*
  • Be able to choose and deploy positioning, distance and body language which enhance officer presence and safety in a situation
  • Be able to Prompt, Guide and Escort a hesitant subject from location to location with maximum personal safety
  • Be able to respond to a sudden, unexpected assault at close proximity using the 3 ‘survive’ attitudes.
  • Be able to respond to the sudden assault of a colleague through effective physical intervention
  • Be able to gain a level of control when engaged with an assaultive subject alone
  • Be able to access communications to call for assistance at the appropriate time (3 timings)
  • Be able to engage in effective teamwork throughout an interaction with an unpredictable subject.
  • Be able to engage with a subject as a team in order to control a physically more-vulnerable person to the appropriate level.
  • Be able to use appropriate methods of control to stabilise a situation of high risk with a more-capable subject
  • Be able to take appropriate action when a physical intervention results in the stabilisation of the individual on the floor.
  • Please refer to the Vistelar Conflict Management training package for specific elements of the verbalisation skills elements of the training for Healthcare Security Officers.

  • Vistelar training is a system of conflict management which aims to ‘Treat People with Dignity and Show Respect’ in every encounter, regardless of the outcomes in the interaction. It is a system of non-escalation and de-escalation of conflict through an interaction’s normal Context, Contact and Closure phases which takes into account the possibility of Conflict, Crisis and occasionally Combat during the timeline.

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Your team learn in a scenario-driven 'mesh'

Because of our unique training methodology which progresses understanding, decision-making and skills together and in-context, your team will learn restraint skills and understanding which will more-easily transfer to your workplace and make it safer for everyone.

Communication Skills

Your teams will model and practice appropriate verbal skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict across the wide variety of interactions they may have to respond to at the hospital.

Legal Rules for Restrictive Practice

Your team will reflect on the legal basis for their actions, assisting in effective reporting for trust-wide clinical investigation or CQC inspection.

Behaviour Awareness

Your team will develop their awareness of behaviour cues and the ways in which healthcare-specific situations can trigger distress, anger or emotional disturbance.

Teamwork during incidents

Your team will have to work together to solve problems, learning along the way how to think and to communicate as a team and with visitors and patients.


Your team will be challenged to develop personal safety habits and perform robust, appropriate self-protection tactics in many different hospital-specific scenarios.

Restraint Reduction Principles

Your team will be challenged to embody restraint-reduction principles in each scenario they work through.

Risk Awareness

Every restraint at the hospital carries risk, so your team must learn how to navigate options and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes through serious injury or death.

Holding Skills

Your team will develop flexible skills to perform safe holding, control or restraint appropriately to the level of risk and the vulnerability of the person they engage with.

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Grab a coffee and speak to our training advisor.

With over 15 years of experience working with clients, we are confident that we can gain an understanding of your issues, resources, timeframes and budget quickly and soon propose a training plan which fits your needs.

How to...

Organise Healthcare Security Training

Our Process


Book your free training needs assessment.

Every hospital security team is unique and so you need a unique training course. Our free training needs assessment is a 30-minute process where we identify the risks your staff face and the training solutions you need.


We formulate a Bespoke Training Course.

Having understood the needs of your organisation we will create a bespoke training course tailored to your conflict flashpoints, issues and incident profile.


Your Staff experience relevant and beneficial training.

We will conduct your bespoke training course. 


Satisfaction and Course Follow-up

Following the training session, we will conduct questionnaires with all attendees to give tangible before and after data.

The power of evidence-based training

High Staff Engagement

Because of the immediate relevance your staff see in our course design and delivery, they are engaged, motivated and energised during and after the training.

Better Transfer to the Workplace

Because sessions are all driven by your own scenarios, issues and challenges with the people you meet in your work, it has immediate relevance and transfers directly to your day-to-day workplace.

 "Time Well Spent"

Your teams get many, many opportunities to learn and practice their new skills during 'countless reps' of the target skills, actively learning in every session. There are no boring powerpoints!

Measurable Change Happens

With highly targeted new skills, your teams can make measurable changes to their interactions and truly realise your organisation's safety ethos, focussing on dignity and respect, safety and wellbeing.

Gerard O'Dea  //  Director of Training at Dynamis

Hi and thanks for visiting our webpage today.

In over 15 years of working with frontline staff who face difficult, distressed and dangerous behaviour, I have seen time and again how prepared staff can perform well and respond to challenging circumstances.

During the violence audits I have conducted in hospitals - usually sitting in the Emergency Department or the main entrance-points - I have seen both the best and the worst of human behaviour on all sides of the encounters I observed.  

Our goal as your trusted advisors is to give your teams the tools they need to ensure that everyone in your hospital is treated with dignity and is shown respect - regardless of the initial behaviour or presentation.  In this way you and your teams can establish the social contract and ethos of care at your hospital

We have sought out the best conflict management training content and the best learning methods  in the world and bring them together for you and your team.

Gerard O'Dea

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Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence.

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European partner for Vistelar

Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict.

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Regional representative for 9 Attitudes behavioural tactics

Dynamis represents the 9 Attitudes system, a fully behavioural approach to self-protection and physical control which is based on the observable realities of physical confrontation.

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