Violence Prevention
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Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC)

The Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) was developed in 2010 to fill a need for effective, recommended, and provincially recognized violence prevention (VP) education for all British Columbia health care workers across a range of care settings, including affiliate organizations. The PVPC was refined and updated in 2015 to align with trauma informed practice, dementia care, and paediatric care principles.

The core curriculum includes eight e-learning modules and a classroom module for employees in high-risk departments. The curriculum is based on overarching principles and a Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum framework that identifies four (4) main responsibilities in preventing and protecting against violence in the workplace:

  1. Recognize Risks and Behaviours - This includes being aware and familiar with the general risks and behaviours that are associated with violence so you know what to look for. 
  2. Assess and Plan - This includes informal and formal assessment of a particular person or situation you are faced with.
  3. Respond to the Risk - This includes strategies to prevent escalation, de-escalation techniques, knowing when and how to get help, and applying personal safety techniques.
  4. Report and Communicate Post-Incident - This includes proper reporting processes, knowing when/how to communicate risks, and where/how to access supporting resources.

Participants will learn the foundational knowledge regarding violence prevention in the series of e-learning modules. Participants attending the classroom sessions will apply that knowledge through activities to further reinforce and practice what they need to do to prevent and protect against workplace violence.

It is recommended that this curriculum is supplemented with site-specific information, to ensure that workers can apply the violence prevention strategies outlined in the curriculum into practice at their workplace.

PVPC E-learning Modules

IH employees are required to complete the e-learning modules through the IH iLearn system in order to get an electronic training record. 

People who are external to the organization such as contractors and volunteers may access the e-learning modules at: Health Employers of BC (HEABC). Records of module completions should be printed or saved via screen shots.

There are eight e-learning modules in the curriculum. Low risk workers who do not come in contact with patients/families do not need to complete Module 4 - Assess and Plan: Develop Behavioural Care Plans. 

Aggressive (AGG) Alert E-Learning Modules

The aggressive (AGG) alert system is used to communicate to all staff the risk of violence or aggression associated with any client (or their family members) accessing services within Interior Health.
Clinical staff will assess clients using standard tools, and will apply and/or change aggressive alerts (physical and/or electronic) when a client is assessed as a moderate or high risk for aggression. The following e-learning modules provide an introduction to the aggressive alert system and are sector specific.
MoH     PCQO