OUT NOW: Surrey Positive Behaviour Support Network – Coaches Training

This project used local expertise to develop a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) training consortium, and a sustainable PBS local training offer for the future. The Surrey Positive Behaviour Support Network brings family carers, support providers and commissioners from health and social care together to discuss, share practice and raise awareness of PBS in Surrey. Our network aims to improve support for autistic people and people with a learning disability whose behaviour can challenge.

We knew that to support people better, we needed to improve skills and understanding across the whole service system. We developed training materials and offered the training widely. We looked for *sparkly staff* who would influence change and embed PBS in their services. Most trainee PBS Coaches were front line support staff, first line managers or Social Workers. They came from supported living, residential, day care and short breaks services, and health and social care teams. 

We trained 35 people as PBS Coaches. Each trainee developed a PBS plan for an individual. Implementing these plans led to better support and outcomes for people, and reductions in challenging behaviour.  Coaches supported their teams to implement PBS approaches, and we estimate this project reached over 200 staff.

The Coaches were overwhelmingly positive about the training:

“…exceptionally positive feedback in terms of reduction in behaviours of concern and individuals’ happiness”

Feedback from a Coach concerning the impact of the training

The completed full and easy read reports along with extracts from the training materials are all available freely here

For more information, please contact the Tom Moore – Senior Commissioning Manager – County Autism Lead, Surrey County Council Adult Social Care at thomas.moore@surreycc.gov.uk.


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