22nd October 2015

On the 22nd October 2015, the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) held its bi-annual meeting.


The theme of the meeting was ‘PBS: An overarching framework’. This meeting was held in partnership with the North West PBS Network at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.


 National Strategy Group members discuss peer to peer support


The meeting began with a talk from Jo Hough, mum to Chris, and Dr Joann Kiernan.  In their presentation, Preventing Exclusion – Supporting families in Positive Behaviour Support, Joann shared data from a research project with families and professionals while Jo shared her family’s experience of using PBS to support Chris, who has severe learning disabilities and displays behaviour that challenges. To read questions posed to all out speakers by CB-NSG and NW PBS Network members click here.


 After a short break attendees chose to attend one of five workshops:


1. Implementing the PBS Competence Framework 

Nick Gore (Researcher and Clinical Psychologist) and Alison Branch (PBS Competence Project Manager) gave a brief overview of the PBS Competence Frameworks and asked for feedback on draft resources currently in development for a range of different stakeholders in order to implement the framework. The group identified potential problems with the draft resources and considered ways that they could be used and evaluated in line with the PBS competencies. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


2. Inpatient services: Peer to Peer Support for Family Carers

Cally Ward (CBF Policy Manager) and Carol Robinson (Independent Consultant) explored with the group the potential development of Peer to Peer Support for families of people with learning disabilities who are inpatients at ATUs and other mental health hospital provision. Attendees discussed and developed thinking about potential models of peer support for this group of families to feed back to the Concordat. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


3. Care & Treatment Reviews: How do they make changes in both children and adults lives?

Eric Barker (NHS England) and Andrew Hastie (NHS England) led the group in developing an understanding of the care and treatment review process, how this is changing the pathways and outcomes for both children and adults with a learning disability and autism and how this fits in with the transforming care agenda. Outcomes from this workshop will follow soon.


4.Implementation of the NICE Guidelines

Glynis Murphy (Tizard Centre) led the workshop to familiarise people with the NICE gidelines on learning disability and behaviour that challenges, and facilitated discussions and planning for the implementation of the guidelines. The group considered how these guidelines should be employed to get results for individuals and their families. Click here to view the outcomes of the workshop.


5.What is excellence in PBS? How will the BILD Centre for the Advancement of PBS (CAPBS) work & what will it deliver?

Sarah Leitch (Development Manager for CAPBS) and Phil Howell (CAPBS Consultant and BILD Accreditation Scheme Manager) updated members on the guiding principles that underpin the work of CAPBS and its current activities. The group were given the opportunity to contribute ideas to the future work of the Centre. Outcomes from this workshop will follow soon.


During Lunch the attendees heard examples of good practice through poster presentations. 12 posters were featured at this meeting, for more information about the posters and to view copies of what was presented see here


Hazel Watson (NHS England) spoke about ‘NHS England Learning Disabilities Programme’ and Jon Rouse (Department of Health) presented via video link on ‘Delivering Change DH role in making it happen’. Sean McLaughlin (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) then spoke about ‘Ensuring we deliver quality services locally’. In anticipation of the upcoming closure programme and other key documents in the Transforming Care Programme, attendees were interested in the work of these national bodies and asked questions following each presentation.


CB-NSG and NW PBS Network Members were then given another opportunity to attend one of the above workshops before the closing comments from Jo Poynter. Jo highlighted that this agenda is now a cross government priority and there is a limited opportunity to take action and make lasting changes for individuals with learning disabilities and behaviour describes as challenging. 


Written updates were provided by the steering group on progress made since the last CB-NSG meeting.

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