who are we?

Steering Group members:

Alan Nuttall          

Telephone no: 0117 9709388; e-mail alann@milestonestrust.org.uk

Alan Nuttall        Milestones Trust

Alan is the Positive Behavioural Support Manager for Milestones Trust, a voluntary organisation that is at the forefront in developing innovative services for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

I have worked with people with learning disabilities since 1974; in the early part of my career approaches towards those who became distressed were very negative and reactive. It has been really great to see how paid and unpaid carers have embraced and used Positive Behavioural Support approaches to understand why people do become distressed, to help people live in ordinary communities and lead fuller lives.

Wendy Wright                          

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Wendy is a retired Occupational Therapist.

I  worked in the NHS from 1978 to 2015, and worked for Community Therapeutic Services from 2015-1018.  I worked with people who have a learning disability, mental health problems, sensory processing differences and whose behaviour challenged services. I have seen the use of many different approaches and models over the years, as our understanding of how and why people use challenging behaviour has developed. I trained as a Positive Behaviour Management Trainer in 2001 and have seen the benefits of using PBS in changing the lives of people with a learning disability, their family and friends, and the people who support them to lead meaningful lives.

 

Tracy Cox 

Telephone no: 01934 708772: e-mail t.cox@cts-homes.co.uk or tracy.cox6@nhs.net   

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Tracy is a Consultant Learning Disability Nurse for Community Therapeutic Services.

I previously worked for Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust as a Community Services Manager for the Learning Disabilities service; prior to that I led the Intensive Response Team in Bristol.

I have worked within the NHS for the last 30 years and have a passion for supporting people with a learning disability with additional complex challenging and mental health needs.  I am committed to exploring ways to make a difference for individuals, their families and/or carers (paid/non paid).  There has been a lot of change in service delivery over the years especially in the approaches to understanding and managing challenging behaviour , part of this change has been the use of Positive Behavioural Support to enable individuals with complex needs the opportunity to achieve better quality life outcomes.

Jan Seamer

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Jan Seamer                                                                                                  

Jan is a mother of four, the youngest of whom has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and behaviours described as challenging.

Jan is a member of CB-NSG (National Strategy Group).

She has been involved in the development and delivery of training for families and schools on behalf of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and, as an ‘expert by experience’, she has carried out inspections on behalf of CQC and CTRs (Care & Treatment Reviews) for NHS England.

She is a member of the local University’s service user & carer cohort involved in interviewing & teaching health & social care staff.

Her professional background was as a Senior Sister/Ward Manager in Psychiatry.

But, most importantly, Jan is passionate about early intervention, people being understood, supported appropriately leading to good outcomes & good lives.

Bev Cole

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Bev is Senior Commissioning Officer for Somerset County Council

I previously worked for Brandon Trust a charity that exists to improve lifestyles and deliver greater independence for people with learning disabilities in services across the country.

I have worked with people with learning disabilities since 1984 at a time when understanding someone’s behaviour was not how challenging behaviour was managed. Fortunately things have moved on massively since then but improvement still needs to continue. I have many years of experience of working with people who challenge and I am committed to seeing this development in services continue.

What I like about Positive Behaviour Support is (among other things) it makes sure everyone involved considers the seemingly small things that upset or annoy people and by creatively addressing these things a massive positive impact can be achieved in someone’s quality of life.

Anna Mulvihill

I am just at the beginning of my career as a Learning Disabilities Nurse so fortunately for me, positive behaviour support has always been part of my training and education.

Previously I was a support worker supporting people with learning disabilities who display behaviours of concern and positive behaviour support has always been a huge passion of mine.

What I love most about the approach is the focus on the environment rather than the individual and working with people and their families to find creative ways to meet their needs.

I am just about to start a research internship with UWE on the project; “Staff approaches to managing challenging behaviour associated with dementia in the Emergency Department”. Following this I will be commencing a nursing position on the Learning Disability and Autism ward at a medium secure hospital.

I am excited to start my career and be a part of this network to continue to learn, grow and evolve with the positive behaviour support approach and learning disability services. 

Sarah Hitchins

Sarah is a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner and a PBMpro Trainer for Community Therapeutic Services.

I have worked in Health & Social Care as a support worker for the last 6 years, supporting people with a learning disability with an additional diagnosis of mental health and/or Autism.

I am passionate about my new role as a PBS Practitioner, establishing PBS within our homes by supporting individuals on a 1:1 basis to achieve positive outcomes and providing training/support/guidance to staff teams in developing their knowledge, skills and approaches when working in complex situations.

Gavin Eyre

Locality Manager and PBS Advanced Practitioner

Qualifications

  • Currently doing Level 5 Professional Diploma in Positive Behavioural Management.
  • NVQ Level 4 Registered Managers Award.
  • NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care.
  • NVQ Level 3  Health and Social Care.

Experience

  • 17 years experience in Health and Social Care
  • 13 years management experience.
  • 9 years working in a Residential school aged 10-21 for LD and Autism.
  • 8 years working for Brandon Trust Children and Adults with LD and Autism.
  • Locality Manager for a series of homes supporting young adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism and who communication via their behaviour.
  • Positive Behaviour Advanced Practitioner.
  • Positive Behaviour Management Trainer for Brandon Trust for 7 years
  • PBM Trainer for Positive Response Training Consultancy for 3 years.
  • Previous trainer in Team Teach.

Tammy Perchard

Locality Manager and PBS Advanced Practitioner.

Qualifications

  • Level 5 Professional Diploma in Positive Behavioural Management.
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Autisic Spectrum Disorders.
  • NVQ Level 4 Registered Managers Award.
  • NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care.
  • NVQ Level 3  Health and Social Care.
  • Level 4 QCF Preparing to teach in lifelong learning sector.
  • Level 3 Award in Mental Health and Psychiatry.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Diploma.

Experience

  • 19 years experience working in Adult Social Care (Adults with LD and Autism).
  • 17 years management experience.
  • Completed a number of transforming care transitions from hospital into home.
  • Locality Manager for a series of homes supporting young adults with Learning Disabilities, Autism and who communicate via their behaviour.
  • Positive Behaviour Advanced Practitioner (Organisationwide)
  • PBM Trainer for 16 Years.
  • Senior PBS and PBM Trainer for Positive Response Training Consultancy for 10 years.
  • PBS Trainer for 7 years.
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