Launch of new North East & North Cumbria PBS website

14 January 2021

For the last 5 years the North East and North Cumbria Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) steering group has developed a strategic workforce transformation development approach. This has been and continues to address the education of individual workers (working across NHS, social care, education and family carers), but also with what else is required to enable the workforce to function effectively around PBS.

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach which is recognised as best practice in supporting people with learning disability and behaviours that challenge. Through assessing the wider social, physical and individual contexts in which such behaviour occurs, it aims to facilitate the understanding of behaviour in order to develop support. The overall goal is to improve a person’s quality of life and the lives of people around them and minimise the chances of behaviour that challenges happening in the first place.

Due to a lack of guidance about how best to support people with learning disability to learn about the PBS approach and no nationally-agreed standards about the training requirements or qualifications and experience individuals or services need to have, the North East and Cumbria PBS Steering Group worked collaboratively with a number of partners from across the health and care sector, families and third sector organisations to develop and deliver PBS Families Workshops and accompanying resources across the region. This is alongside the accredited university programmes aimed at the health and social care sector to ensure we have a shared language and vision of PBS across the North East and North Cumbria

As such, the PBS approach is becoming a way of life across health, social and education care in the North East and North Cumbria. We have developed a new website that has built upon the previous North East North Cumbria PBS website. The new website is dynamic, innovative and accessible content that brings together all the PBS work for across the region in to one place.

The aims of the PBS website are to:

  • Have a shared vision that brings families and professionals together with the aim to improve the quality of life of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and or autism.
  • Have a shared understanding that PBS can be hugely effective in helping a group of people to best understand a person with a learning disability and or autism to support them to have the best life possible
  • Share resources the website is a platform to reach out to families, carers and services sharing useful and practical information as well as celebrating the quality of PBS work in the North East and North Cumbria and the lives of people with a learning disability”

Dr Steve Noone Senior Lecturer / Clinical Psychologist

You can find out more about the website from Dr Steve Noone here:

The families section of the new North East and North Cumbria PBS website will have links to support around a range of topics, downloadable resources, a range of information and videos explaining what PBS is and information on upcoming events and workshops to support you.”

Shona Chambers parent carer and PBS trainer

“We have been listening and working with families to develop and deliver a co-produced PBS families workshop model that is appropriate, accessible and is supportive of families. This website is a great opportunity to share information and for families to access support and built upon what is being delivered through the PBS families workshops

Jillian Allan parent carer and PBS families workshop deliverer  

You can here from Jillian Allan talking about the PBS families workshop in more detail here:

You can here about Shona Chambers talking about the PBS website families section in more detail here:

The website includes:

  • Information to support families around PBS with useful information and resources
  • Information to support health, social and education care around PBS with useful information, resources and best practice.
  • Information around upcoming events, courses and latest news and resources published.

The website can be found at