[Skip to content]

BILD - All About People
Friday 15 November 2019
View Basket View Basket
gmpbs logos

The Greater Manchester Positive Behaviour Support Community of Practice  

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 washout. 

 “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.”

Find out what our first cohorts of coaches had to say about the programme

Launching the Greater Manchester Positive Behaviour Support Community of Practice

 17 September 2018

This event officially launched the GMPBSCoP, and included a range of people, such as members of community teams, support providers, practitioners and family carers who are committed to being involved in the Greater Manchester Positive Behaviour Support Community of Practice. 

The event involved hearing from a range of speakers such as Dave Williams, Tony Osgood and Dr Gary Lavigna, as well as consultation exercises which gave everyone an opportunity to have their say on PBS in Greater Manchester.

You can view Dave Williams' presentation here.

We also heard from some of our fantastic Coaches about the impact the PBS Coaches training programme has had on their work. Check out this video for their feedback here.

Developing the Positive Behaviour Support Strategy for Greater Manchester 

20 April 2017  

This event was for commissioners, members of community teams and providers who wanted to gain an understanding of the new Greater Manchester Positive Behaviour Support strategy. 

The meeting gave an opportunity to input into the implementation strategy and learn about how to support the new PBS Coaches training programmes and the development of a GM PBS community of practice.  

Dave Williams of GMPBS
GMPBS delegates 1
GMPBS delegates 2

Above, Dave Williams of the Transforming Care - GM Fast Track Learning Disability Workforce Work Stream setting out the Greater Manchester PBS Strategy proposal at the launch event. Delegates then broke into groups to discuss the strategy and any amendments they would like to see for it, and how best to develop the strategy for implementation.

The launch event programme was:

  • Dave Williams, Workforce Development Lead, GM Transforming Care - Setting the scene:  the Greater Manchester bid – Outline of GM PBS definition / strategy    
  • Consultation and Feedback What needs to be in place to implement the strategy?   
  • Sarah Leitch and Laura Higgins, CAPBS at BILD - The importance of practice leaders, Information about the CAPBS Coaches Programmes, and the development of a Community of Practice  
  • Consultation and Feedback The role of coaches and the community of practice  
  • Questions and next steps 


Download the event programme >

Find out more

If you would like to know more about the Greater Manchester Positive Behaviour Support Community of Practice, please contact Emily Robinson, e.huggard@bild.org.uk 

What our coaches have to say about the programme

Join our community of practice online by signing up to our Facebook group Here