Innovative Pak’s award honour

Specialist Support Worker in Psychology, Pak Chiu, has been named as a runner up in a prestigious national award scheme.

Pak, 26, will receive his award at the annual British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Positive Behaviour Support Conference 2011 in the Midlands. In fact Pak, who lives in Greenwich and is based at the Adult Learning Disabilities inpatient services unit at Atlas House on the Goldie Leigh site, will also be working at the two-day event from 5-6 May, presenting a workshop.

Pak’s award is for the innovative work he has put into developing an easy to use and read hard copy version of a Prevention Management Violence Aggression (PMVA) care plan. Pak said: “It makes it easier for staff to implement psychological interventions when supporting people with learning disabilities that present with challenging behaviour.

“The care plan promotes non-physical interventions by means of diversionary tactics, breathing exercises and active listening. It looks at ways of improving the patient’s environment by removing things that might upset service users and keeping the environment suitable.”

All this information is recorded in an easy to read and access format for front line staff, carers and family members.

Around half of all people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour are subject to physical interventions. The right policies and practice, and high quality training, to increase staff skills and confidence and reduce injuries, is therefore critical. Much has been achieved by BILD’s work in this area over the last 10 years through the BILD Code of Practice and Policy Framework and its physical interventions accreditation scheme.

BILD works to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and family carers. To do this it focuses on human rights, positive behaviour support, developing the workforce that provides support, and working for greater community involvement.

Published on 5th May 2011