Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is the recommended approach for working with people with a learning disability who display distressed behaviours.
At Cawston Park we are committed to delivering the best care for our patients using the principles of Positive Behaviour Support.
A PBS Steering Group has been set up to monitor the progress of PBS.
The group meets monthly and has representatives from a variety of disciplines including: psychology, psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, and advocacy as well as patient representatives on a quarterly basis.
The Steering Group monitors; incident data, staff support, training and the environment.
Patient views are also sought through yearly surveys completed in conjunction with the independent advocates.
When a patient is admitted to Cawston Park, data is collected around their specific distressed behaviours.
This data allows the psychology department to complete a Functional Behaviour Assessment that helps determine whether a PBS Plan is required.
All patients who meet specified criteria will have a PBS plan. PBS Plans are written and reviewed conjointly by the psychologist, named nurse, key worker and the patient.
All staff members who join the team are introduced to the concepts of PBS during their induction programme Furthermore, a 2-day PBS training is provided to all clinical staff by British Institute of Learning Disability (BILD)-trained PBS Coaches.
The 2-day training package gives staff members a full understanding of PBS as well as how to write, understand, administer and review PBS Plans.