The Richmond Fellowship Scotland (TRFS) is celebrating manager success in Positive Behaviour Support.
Earlier this year, social care charity held its biennial awards day at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. Staff from across the country came together to celebrate the achievements of their frontline managers in completing a work-based SCQF credit rated programme in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).
The Advanced Practice in Positive Behaviour Support (AP in PBS) is a year-long programme, developed and delivered by our in-house PBS team.
During the programme of study, students identify an individual they support with behaviours of concern with whom they can apply their learning in practice. The aim is to improve quality of life and ensure their service is meeting the needs and aspirations of the individual they support.
The training programme has been developed in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and has been awarded 30 credits at SCQF level 9.
To complete the programme, students must complete 300 hours of learning. This is a huge commitment, not only for the students but also for their staff teams, and requires the managers to undertake formal learning alongside weekly practice-based activities. This ensures their learning is taken back into their service and cascaded to the staff teams and the people they support, ensuring real change can be evidenced in practice.
All candidates who achieved their award, along with their family members, managers and the senior management team of TRFS, joined in the celebrations. In addition, the Executive Directors and Chief Executive Officer of TRFS came along to mark the occasion.
The event, chaired by TRFS's Head of Complex Needs and consisting of several presentations, focused on PBS delivery and showcasing the impact programmes such as this can have on improving service delivery for the people we support. Presentations were delivered by:
Some of the common themes highlighted from all presentations were the hard work and investment candidates gave to the programme and the people they support, the focus PBS has on increasing quality of life, and that ongoing learning and development is vital.
After an engaging morning with thought-provoking presentations, candidates were invited on stage to receive their certificates from CEO Austen Smyth. This was followed by a buffet lunch and the chance to network. The attendees also had the opportunity to read candidates’ poster presentations detailing the achievements of the people they had supported throughout the year.
The event was well attended and there was great feedback about this chance to recognise and celebrate this commitment to improving people’s lives and invest in the development of frontline social care staff.
Attendees found the day to be both enjoyable and inspiring, with the achievements of our frontline staff leading the way in complex needs supports. One attendee said:
“[What I enjoyed most about the event was] hearing the amazing difference that has been made in improving the quality of life for those we support.
“From today, I took away that, with the right support, anything is possible.”
For more information please contact Caroline Shaw, Head of Complex Needs at TRFS, at email@example.com
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