We try to understand why certain negative behaviours are displayed, so that we can offer the people we support opportunities to make a difference to their lives.
Here at M&D Care, we use Positive Behaviour Support as a behaviour management system to understand what maintains an individual’s challenging behaviour.
How is PBS used within M&D Care?
We use PBS to help understand challenging behaviour in the people we support. We try to understand those behaviours in systematic way, in order to work with the person to change or manage those behaviours.
This means identifying for both the people we support and staff, ‘triggers’, or ‘factors’ which may contribute to the challenging behaviour being performed. Evidence suggests that once, ‘triggers’ or ‘factors’ are identified it can sometimes means changing either, the environment or changing the approach of the staff who support them. By doing this we hope to decrease possibilities of challenging behaviour and increase the quality of life for the people we support.
PBS lies within the history of Learning Disabilities and has been successfully implemented within services for many years, but more recently Mental Health. M&D Care believe that this approach can be adapted within all other facets of care and as such, it is being implemented gradually across all of our services.
How is PBS implemented, assessed and managed in M&D Care?
Our Therapeutic Department’s PBS Support team, in consultation with Michelle Martin, (Clinical Lead) oversee the various aspects of PBS implementation. Our PBS support team is led by two practice leaders: Joseph Curry and Iwan Davies. All practice leaders will hold a PBS BTEC LvL5.
First, we develop for all of the people we support, a person centred plan of care. This is then implemented through our Active Support model.
Second, if we see instances of behaviours that challenge the person we support, it is then referred to our PBS Practitioners for specialist support. It is the responsibility of the Practitioner to carry out a series of assessments, which will result in a PBS plan of action.
Third, the PBS team will work closely with a variety of people, staff and external to maintain, advise and develop the Active Support and PBS plans to identified people we support.
Additionally, M&D Care has designated that each service will have a PBS Coordinator trained up to BTEC Level 4 in Positive Behavioural Support, with the potential and intention for support staff to gain PBS level 3 where applicable. They will also be trained as Active Support trainers. The Coordinators role is to assist the Practitioners with the implementation, assessment and management of PBS to the people we support in the daily life of the homes.
M&D Care has identified the following advantages of implementing PBS:
Christine works alongside academic subject matter experts on Active Support and is in the process of co-authoring the revised Active Support Handbook and other guidance materials. Christine has presented at conferences and worked in services promoting Active Support within teams in the UK, Denmark, Barcelona, Bahrain and the Republic of Ireland. Christine is currently working with us as a consultant, coach and Interactive Trainer as we implement and embed the Active Support model throughout our company.