Anna Salisbury

PBS Practitioner

I joined M&D Care as a PBS Practitioner in December 2020. I support several residential and supported living services and support individuals with a range of complex needs – some of whom engage in behaviours that challenge to communicate their needs. I have an MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology and a BSc in Psychology. I am currently undertaking the Level 5 Professional Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and am due to complete this within the year. I am also undertaking a course to become an accredited Positive Behaviour Management (PBM) Trainer.

Prior to my role with M&D Care, I was employed by Hywel Dda UHB as a Behaviour Practitioner with the ‘Specialist Learning Disability Psychological Service for Children and Young People with Behaviours that Challenge’ for two years. Utilizing the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach, we worked collaboratively with schools, families, respite providers and medical professionals to ultimately improve individuals’ quality of life and reduce their need to engage in behaviours that challenge.

In my current role, I am thoroughly enjoying contributing to helping others achieve a greater quality of life with an emphasis on choice, participation, inclusion, independence through skill building and the building of meaningful relationships. I am especially passionate about reducing restrictive and punitive practices and I believe that a reduction can be achieved through the learning and sharing of knowledge, experience and good practices.

I am a huge advocate for the Positive Behaviour Support approach and find that helping others gives me a great sense of reward and purpose. I strive to improve the quality of the care given to, and the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our society and am thoroughly enjoying putting my understanding and experience to good use.