Positive behaviour support in a medium secure environment
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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.e857

Correspondence

john.griffiths@wales.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 11 July 2012

Accepted: 24 October 2012