Laurence Leads the Way

Alternative Futures Group’s (AFG) Laurence Nelson is in the vanguard – having completed a course which will help AFG to better support people with complex support needs.

Practice Lead Laurence recently completed the Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Coaches Programme, funded by the Manchester Health Transforming Care Agenda. The aim of PBS is to improve the quality of the life of the people who are being supported and the quality of life for those around them – meaning that people receive the right support at the right time.

Laurence said: “The course looks to improve support to people in Greater Manchester with challenging behaviours – aiming to ensure involvement, planning and an evidence-based approach. It has expanded my knowledge and networks and it should ensure that the support we give will be considered.”

The six-month course included classroom teaching, joining a coaches’ network, a workplace assignment and presentation.

The Manchester Health Transforming Care Agenda is funding three other AFG staff on the PBS course whilst AFG is directly funding an additional three places.

AFG Head of Professional Leadership and Quality Cory Isham said: “Congratulations to Laurence. It’s exciting that AFG is building up its capability to support people with complex behaviour support needs. PBS is becoming the gold standard of delivery in this field and it’s great that AFG people are in the vanguard.”

The PBS training is CPD certified, giving attendees CPD points towards their continuous professional development.