Positive behaviour support in a medium secure environment
John Griffiths Ward manager, Caswell Clinic Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend, Wales
Daniel Wilcox Charge nurse, Caswell Clinic Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend, Wales
John Griffiths and Daniel Wilcox give their accounts of how a model of care can empower staff to manage challenging behaviour more confidently
This article demonstrates that when staff are trained in the positive behaviour support (PBS) model of care it helps them to manage challenging behaviour in patients and provide a safer environment for everyone. PBS care plans draw firm boundaries for conduct, appreciating positive (acceptable-desirable) behaviour and aid the nurse and patient to minimise what is unacceptable.
Challenging behaviour cannot be managed with PBS alone; strong leadership, commitment and excellent staff communication and engagement skills are also needed, or improvement will be limited.
Mental Health Practice. 16, 10, 24-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.07.16.10.24.e857Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 11 July 2012
Accepted: 24 October 2012