UK PBS Alliance Webinar: What is PBS and how do we do it?

This UK PBS Alliance webinar with Dr Anne MacDonald from the University of Glasgow outlines how PBS has been defined and described over the last 30 years, and how that contributes to our understanding of PBS today. A new accessible description of PBS will be discussed, both in terms of how this description has been developed, and also how it can be used to further our understanding of PBS.

Participants will learn about the fundamental elements of PBS, as well as tips for PBS implementation and sustainability.

The webinar covers implementation issues both for those at the initial stages of PBS, and also for those with more experience in its use.

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Positive Behaviour Support principles for practice during COVID-19

This is a stressful time for us all, people with learning disabilities and autistic people will be confused and may find altered routines and changes difficult to cope with. It is important that the core principles of Positive Behaviour Support person-centred support are maintained and human rights are respected, even when everyday lives are affected by national restrictions.

This resource provides some straightforward principles we should all try to follow.

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Responding to the coronavirus outbreak through PBS

Some of the key principles of PBS are improving people’s quality of life, focusing on building skills and reducing and avoiding unnecessary restrictions. We encourage all services and schools to continue that focus, as well as other key principles of PBS, as you work through this difficult and challenging time. The following resource includes a few simple recommendations to help you and we will be providing more ideas on where to look for help over the coming days and weeks.

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Subjective Quality of Life Tool

To provide a really good quality of service we need to ensure that people have opportunities for life enrichment / enhancement activities and experiences. As individuals we value different activities differently: the value of an activity is subjective. Activities may bring us enjoyment or satisfaction or pleasure or stimulation or relaxation or contentment or joy.

Participation in such activities improves our quality of life and promotes good mental health and wellbeing. Actively improving a person’s quality of life is a key PBS intervention. Part of our role is to develop an understanding of the sort of lifestyle that is high quality for an individual and then help them to achieve it.

Completing this tool aims help staff and carers improve someone’s quality of life, and it has been adapted to focus on indoor activities during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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PBS Standards for Wales

Three measures were developed in 2018 by providers, commissioners, clinicians and practice leaders to improve the overall quality of service delivery in line with Positive Behavioural Support (PBS). They are endorsed by the Welsh Government and the All Wales Challenging Behaviour Community of Practice.

The measures are complementary but can be used independently. Each has an accompanying Evidence Template. The separate User Guide supports all three and give detailed examples of good practice related to the measures.

The measures have been designed as service development tools, each generates an overall rating or score as well as an action plan to highlight specific areas for further improvement. Assessors need a good understanding of PBS.

  1. The Evaluation Matrix assesses the extent to which individual service settings have the necessary infrastructure to deliver high quality Positive Behaviour Support. It measures capacity not performance and may be used by commissioners to assess the potential suitability of services prior to purchase, and by providers for self-evaluation and service development. Access the accompanying evidence template here.
  2. The PBS Standards Measure assesses service quality for individuals. It comprises a set of 14 Standards that are mapped directly to the nine Well-being Outcomes in the National Outcomes Framework 2014. Access the accompanying evidence template here.
  3. The Practice Leader Competencies measure focuses on the competencies required to achieve the outcomes outlined in the PBS Standards measure. There are 15 competencies designed to aid the development of practice leaders. The measure can be used flexibly and integrated with supervision and staff development processes. Duplication with generic management skills has been avoided where possible so that the focus of this tool is on the competencies required to manage and lead the PBS approach. Access the accompanying evidence template here.

UK PBS Alliance Webinar: Values and Science – Getting the Balance Right in PBS

We’re asking what is more important – the data about or the stories of people receiving Positive Behaviour Support. It’s a little like asking whether the chicken or the egg came first, or whether it’s nature or nurture that is most influential. The answer is both.

In this webinar Tony Osgood looks at how PBS arose and why, before considering ways to ensure the drive for clinically-valid data doesn’t overwhelm the social validity of positive behaviour support.

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UK PBS Alliance Webinar: Building a Communication Passport

Kate and Jenny Sanger’s Communication Passport gives a voice to the voiceless, and enables those being supported and those providing that support to have the two-way conversation that leads to a happy and positive relationship.

The passport is a powerful support tool for staff, giving them confidence and job satisfaction that they are doing their best for the person they support.

Kate and Jenny Sanger created the communication passport originally for Kate’s daughter, Laura. The aim of the passport is to enable a range of professionals and specialists access important information so that care can be delivered more holistically. The communication passport has now been shared widely to help other families and individuals with complex needs.

Kate and Jenny Sanger speak in this webinar about building a communication passport.

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Free Online PBS Awareness Course

This is the latest version of the free, easy to access and quality online PBS Awareness Course that provides a straightforward introduction to PBS.

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