Last week, we attended the Learning Disability Today event in Sheffield, braving wind and rain to set up our stall in Sheffield Wednesday football club’s conference centre.

While the weather put off some, the turnout was strong and we met a variety of people and attended a broad spectrum of seminars. With topics ranging from supporting prisoners with mental health needs to examining the possible implications of the Care Bill, there was plenty to discuss and get involved in on the day.

It was encouraging to meet so many students focusing on learning disability studies and there was a notable number of learning disability nurses visiting throughout the day, a particularly positive sign given past cuts to such courses.

United Response’s Practice Development Co-ordinator John Ockenden, gave a talk on Positive Behaviour Support and how this positively impacts the lives of people we support.

Positive Behaviour Support fosters greater understanding of the challenging behaviour displayed by an individual based on changes in their environment and the broader context in which such behaviour occurs. John discussed how this can be used to enhance the quality of life of the individual.

Following an assessment and analysis of an individual’s needs, an intervention plan is laid out with support guidelines, allowing those working with the individual to closely monitor and review behavioural changes.

John noted: “Positive Behaviour Support is not that scary. The approach centres around recognising the difficulties people actually have, questioning conventions and the way things are done and changing the details of the ordinary to suit the individual’s needs.”

To find out more about Positive Behaviour Support and how this works in conjunction with Active Support, click below to download the PDFs of our latest resources.

Download the Transforming Care support based PDF

Download the Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support PDF

Download the Transforming Care: New Referral Checklist


Gemma Taylor, media assistant.