New free PBS awareness course developed by ABMU

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has developed a new free e-learning course: Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Awareness Raising.

The course was developed in partnership with the Department of Health as part of the Positive and Safe initiatives to reduce the use of physical interventions in care settings.

The course has been specifically designed to be of relevance across the adult care sector including services related to:

•    mental health
•    acquired brain injury
•    older people
•    learning disability.

It is important to note that the course has been designed to give only a broad overview of Positive Behavioural Support and therefore does not provide a detailed guide for practitioners. It can be used as a general introduction to PBS across service sectors or as part of an induction. It also lends itself to refresher training for direct care staff in respect of values and understanding behaviour. Staff and carers will need further training and support if they are to implement PBS systems and technologies in practice.

The PBS Awareness Raising course is now available on the National Skills Academy e-learning platform. It takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and is open to all learners, free of charge.

Those not registered on the platform will need to create a new account. If your organisation is not listed, contact the helpdesk at elearning@nsahealth.org.uk to request access. This is a straightforward process and should only take a few minutes. Once registered, just scroll down the courses listed to find Positive Behavioural Support.

When you do access the course please take a couple of minutes to provide feedback to the development team by e-mailing kathy.lowe@wales.nhs.uk.