Investigating the impact of staff training in positive behavioural support on service users’ quality of life
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Investigating the impact of staff training in positive behavioural support on service users’ quality of life

Stephen Walsh Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England
Neil Dagnall Reader, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England
Suzanne Ryan Positive support lead, Future Directions CIC, Greater Manchester, England
Nancy Doyle Operational network manager, Future Directions CIC Greater Manchester, England
Sammy-Jo Scarbrough-Lang Deputy director of operations, Future Directions CIC, Greater Manchester, England
Brian McClean Senior clinical psychologist, Acquired brain injury, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Aim To investigate whether staff training in positive behavioural support (PBS) improves service users’ quality of life (QOL).

Method The World Health Organization’s QOL measure (WHOQOL-BREF) was used to assess service users’ QOL in supported living homes where staff had received PBS training versus supported living homes where staff had not received PBS training.

Results Although QOL was good across the board, environmental QOL was found to be significantly better in supported living homes where staff had been trained in PBS.

Conclusion PBS training influences environmental QOL for service users positively and should continue to be the focus of organisational investment.

Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2018.e1902

Citation

Walsh S, Dagnall N, Ryan S et al (2018) Investigating the impact of staff training in positive behavioural support on service users’ quality of life. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2018.e1902

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

r.walsh@mmu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 19 September 2018

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