We provide care and support for over 220 people with learning disabilities, 60% of whom have additional complex needs, either behaviour support needs and/or physical disabilities.
To enable us to provide the very best care and support for people with learning disabilities, we have a specialist focus on improving people’s quality of life and reducing challenging behaviour through Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).
We have a central team to lead on our PBS approach who work collaboratively with our learning disability services across Sussex.
The aim of our PBS team is to further improve people’s quality of life as well as reduce challenging behaviour and restrictions. The team does this through specialist consultancy with individuals to understand the reasons behind their behaviour. This understanding is then fed back into their personal care plan and support is tailored according to their needs and aspirations.
Our approach has a strong focus on helping staff to understand how their own attitudes and behaviours impact directly on the behaviour of the people they support. It is also built on an understanding that effective communication between our clients and staff, as well as a person-centred approach, is essential to providing a quality service. This avoids the need for clients to resort to challenging behaviour to get their needs met.
BILD Association of Certified Training
Our Positive Behaviour Support training and Restrictive Physical Interventions Training has been formally certified by the British Institute of Learning Disability Association of Certified Training (BILD ACT) as meeting the new Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) standards.
Previously accredited by BILD’s PITAS scheme, which was decommissioned in December 2019, the courses have been recently reviewed and awarded the updated mark of best practice.
Anita Beverton, Regional Manager for our West Sussex Learning Disability Services, says, “We are delighted that, following a rigorous certification process, our training meets the RRN standards and this will ensure that best practice is achieved across our services. We are now recognised nationally as an organisation that is able to train to the RRN standards around restrictive physical interventions.”