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Welcome to Practical Skills Training

Tell me I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.

Hello my name is Mark Dearden, Director of Practical Skills training and welcome to our website. Practical skills training is a new training company which specialises in the field of Moving and Handling and also the Prevention and Management of Aggression (PMA). In all our training we aim to develop the knowledge and skill application of all of our delegates. We can achieve this in many ways dependant on our audience, whether its awareness training, skills for new staff, updating existing staff or by providing a train the trainer course.

I am a Registered General Nurse with 25 years experience working in the NHS. Services I have worked in include: acute, mental health, learning disability and community sectors. The job roles I have undertaken include Nurse, Ward Manager, Moving and Handling Specialist, Head of Learning and Development which included the management of Prevention and Management of Aggression Training.

Outside of the NHS I  have extensive experience providing learning and development to a broad range of health and social care professionals. This has included a range of settings including University, Education, Health and Social Care establishments.

I work with an extensive range of trainers, working in a range of backgrounds who support the delivery of trainers. This allows us to tailor training to the specific needs of the individuals within the group.

Practical skills if delivered in a lively and engaging way can enhance individual practice and develop professionals confidence to impact positively on colleagues, individuals and carers. Whilst we take the content of what we deliver seriously to enable delegates to feel safe and relaxed we encourage an environment that is fun and non threatening.

For further information of courses we can provide please click on the tabs at the top of website or you can phone 07557333814 or email enquiries@practicalskillstraining.co.uk

Course Feedback

"Thank you Mark for helping me to problem solve the issues i had from the workplace" AR March 2015

"Well thought out scenarios and training" CH Feb 2015

"I've learnt many ways to use a slideshow" CA Jan 2015

"Very enjoyable, well done for using lots of examples and experiences" PA May 2015

"I felt very at ease to ask questions" VH March 2015

Thank you for your patience in teaching me the techniques" - JD MAR 2015


I would like to thank Mark for all of his support and assistance in the delivery of Manual Handling and Management of Aggression training at De Montfort University. Mark managed to ease the strain of delivering a significant amount of training to my Nursing students, many of the students commented after the sessions how relevant and fun the manual handling training was. - Nikki Brooks - Demontfort University I would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone with training needs’’

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Leslie Douthwaite, 38, died in hospital three days after being restrained A man who died after becoming unconscious while being restrained outside a bar in Devon was a “larger than life gentleman” his wife has said. Leslie Douthwaite, 38, from Widnes in Cheshire, died in hospital three days after being restrained outside Murphy’s Roadhouse in

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Review M&H equipment at Naidex 2016

  Click on the link below for details of the Naidex conference April 2016 http://www.naidex.co.uk/page.cfm/link=202      

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