Promoting positive behaviour for all the people we support

Thanks to the skills and interventions of the Positive Behaviour Intervention Team we have increased the quality of life, skills and independence of people supported as well as enabling a number of people with complex challenges to move from very intensive support settings to more independent settings.  Through the team providing crisis intervention support to the service teams within Consensus, we have also been able to reduce placement breakdowns.

Who are the Positive Behaviour Intervention Team?

The team brings together social care and healthcare professionals with decades of experience in supporting people who display behaviour that others might find challenging.  They take a person centred approach to find out the reasons behind each individuals’s behaviour that challenges.  They then produce support plans and pro-active strategies to improve the person’s quality of life and reduce the behaviour.  The work of the PBit team leads to positive outcomes for everyone involved – from the individuals themselves and their families, to their key workers and the service they’re supported by.

How the team can help

The team works closely with our referrals team, service managers and support teams and external professionals, as well as the individuals themselves and their families.  They undertake an initial assessment of a complex new referral and recommend strategies to reduce behaviour and develop plans to support a person to increase their quality of life and achieve their goals.

The team provides advice, mentoring, training and practical support across a range of areas, including:

•  positive behaviour support  •  autistic spectrum conditions

•  self- injurious behaviours  •  communication strategies

•  intensive interaction   •  person-centred active support


Meet the team

Our dynamic team support specific regions, building up strong relationships with the services they support as well as the individuals and colleagues they work with.




Improving quality of life

Sarah a lady in her late 20s, came to live in a Consensus home in the spring of 2014.  She has a diagnosis of Autism and severe learning disability and did not communicate verbally.

Sarah had several specific behaviours which caused her distress and extreme anxiety. She and the support team at the service required the expertise and specialist intervention of the ‘Positive behaviour intervention team’ (PBIT) to fully support her.