Positive Behaviour Support offers alternative to Anti-Psychotic Medication in Learning Disability

24th Jul 2015

Last week, the NHS called for a stop to over medicating people with a Learning Disability, after Public Health England estimated that 35,000 people were prescribed antipsychotic medications without clinical justification[1].

Whilst there is clearly a role for medication in some situations, particularly in cases of crisis, Nurse Consultant, Johnathan BeeBee[2] wrote in The Guardian online today that Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) could be more beneficial for individuals with a Learning Disability.

At The Heathcotes Group, we utilise Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Interventions (NAPPI) to manage unpredictable and challenging behaviour. NAPPI is a specific approach with an emphasis on PBS; it is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) and provides a framework for providers to assess, manage and prevent unpredictable and challenging behaviour. Heathcotes employ dedicated NAPPI Advisors who work with service users and service staff to identify what the person is trying to tell us through their behaviours. Using the NAPPI red and green scales, PBS helps to identify behaviour triggers and also the positive influences on a person’s life that can help prevent the triggers that ultimately lead to challenging behaviour.

We are proud to be a NAPPI Centre of Excellence after having demonstrated an ongoing commitment to embedding the principles of PBS into our organisational culture. Whilst we recognise the need for medication for some individuals, the Heathcotes Group are passionate about supporting people to develop new skills and coping mechanisms with a view to reducing the negative impact of challenging behaviour on a person’s quality of life.

For more information about how the Heathcotes Group manage challenging behaviour, or about any of the Heathcotes services, please contact Caroline Mirams, Head of Business Development on 01246 556 453 or take a look at some of success stories on our website here.




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