New PBS training in 2020!

11 March, 2020 - 10:30 News

New PBS training in 2020!

What is Positive Behaviour Support?


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is the recommended approach for working with people with a learning disability and who display distressed behaviours. Here at Cawston Park we have been using PBS for many years, with training delivered to all support staff in the theory and practical application.


The new PBS training programme


At the start of 2020 we launched a revised PBS training programme to ensure we were working within the Positive Behaviour Support Competency Framework 2015. One of the standards of this framework is that to reach the necessary competence in PBS, staff should complete at least 120 learning hours. Therefore, we had to revise how we delivered PBS training and how training could be embedded in practice.


How is the new training delivered?


Since February 2020, all new staff complete 2 full days of PBS training as part of their induction. This training covers concepts such as the PBS values, and theory/evidence-based practice. It also covers, in detail, proactive, secondary and reactive strategies and staff learn the importance of replacement skills. They also learn concepts of reinforcement, task analysis, prompting and shading, all taught using role-play and modelling. Complimentary parts of the PBS training, such as communication, active support, de-escalation, reducing restrictive practices and safeguarding, are also included within the induction training.


Then, once staff start work, they are assigned to a PBS mentor who they will meet every couple of weeks to review their knowledge, practice and to complete the PBS Competency Checklist. After 3 months the new member of staff will attend a day’s training, which includes practical elements of delivering PBS, including completing Motivational Assessment Scales, Functional Assessments and how to write a PBS plan.


In addition, those support staff who have received PBS training previously will have to attend further training to bring their amount of learning hours to 120.


How will this new training help with the delivery of PBS?


Due to the increased number of hours that staff attend training, in both the theory of PBS and practical application, their knowledge of PBS will increase. The recording of data, which is essential to the delivery of PBS, will improve, and through training techniques such as role-play, staff will learn how to implement PBS strategies effectively.


At Cawston Park we are committed to developing our knowledge and use of Positive Behaviour Support to allow us to offer the best possible care to our patients.