The Positive Behavioural Support Team is specially trained to provide behavioural support to both adults and children.
We aim to improve service users’ quality of life by reducing their behaviours of concern and by increasing staff confidence in being able to provide the right level of support. To do this, we employ non-aversive methods which follow the guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
When a service user’s behaviour changes significantly or detrimentally, functional analysis determines the reasons behind the change. This in turn allows us to use positive behavioural support to intervene effectively. It also enables us to encourage appropriate behaviours and to teach new skills which avoid challenging behaviour.
We are supported by our own clinical psychologist, and by behaviour specialists who are assigned to individual cases. Information on interventions is shared regularly with others and assessed in terms of the Mental Capacity Act. We also liaise with the community learning disability team and with external psychiatric services.