Positive Behavioural Support

The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network has established, supported and facilitated the North East and North Cumbria Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) steering group. The steering group has been established for 5 years and 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 and with Northumbria University to co-develop, validate, co-deliver and evaluate a range of accredited learning programmes in Positive Behavioural Support for 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.

The North East and North Cumbria PBS work programme has its own website which was launched in January 2021 and can be found here www.pbsnec.co.uk

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 website includes:

  • Information to support health, social and education care around PBS with useful information, resources and best practice.
  • Information to support families around PBS with useful information and resources.
  • A PBS Coalition section for those who have completed the university programmes to enable and manage sharing of resources and best practice.
  • Information around upcoming events, courses and latest news and resources published