New NICE Guidelines on service design for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour were released today.
The new guidelines emphasise that:
- People with learning disabilities should be living as close to their family as possible
- People should have as much choice and control over their homes as possible
- Support should utilise Positive Behaviour Support to meet the needs of people who can show behaviours that challenge.
We are pleased to see the NICE Guidelines advocating for our approach to supporting people, to avoid hospital placements or placements far from families. Advocating for Positive Behaviour Support is very welcomed too. It is great they recommend services follow the PBS Competency framework for direct staff, yet we continue to advocate that people with learning disabilities require access to skilled professionals and believe that Positive Behaviour Support needs direct clinical leadership to be effectively done.
You can read more about the new guideline here