Care providers and organisations have signed up to a region-wide pledge to embed positive
behaviour support, which will improve the quality of support they can provide to adults and
children with learning disabilities and/ or autism in Greater Manchester.
The Greater Manchester Transforming Care Partnership is working with BILD to support a
programme of workforce development for social care and health practitioners and practice leaders. Sixty places were offered for BILD’s Positive Behaviour Support Coaches Programme and the first cohort started the programme on 5 February.
The next step will be to develop a Greater Manchester Positive Behaviour Support Community
of Practice to ensure the continued development and sustainability of the cultural changes.
There will be opportunities through the community to work collaboratively and share good practice across services and sectors.
BILD’s Development Manager Sarah Leitch said: “It is very forward thinking of GMTCP to think
of embedding a positive behaviour support culture over the whole geographical area and
involve all sectors in its development. It will raise standards of support and protect against
“This is a really exciting partnership and I can’t wait to see the impact of the coaches programmes. Positive behaviour support is not a course that people take and then go back to the day job, it is an organisational culture change that improves quality of life for everyone.”
Dave Williams is the Workforce Development Lead for the Greater Manchester Transforming Care Partnership, and he has been the driving force behind this new initiative.
He said: “The work with BILD is to increase the capacity and capability of staff within the Greater Manchester area, the GM approach isn't just about a single training programme it is about building a community of practice to support the on going implementation of PBS across GM".
Find out what our first cohorts of Greater Manchester coaches are saying about the programme.