Positive Behavior Support Worker (BIRCH/PBSW)



£18,278 - £24,050/annum

Job Location
- United Kingdom -- England -- South East England -- Kent -- Pembury

Job Type

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Positive Behavior Support Worker

Service/Location: Aspens – Pembury, Kent, TN2 4QU 


Aspens is looking to recruit specialised and highly experienced support workers to join two single-person services and be part of a developing PBS team.  Positive Behaviour Support is an evidence based approach to supporting people with complex and challenging behaviours and is based on the principles of improving quality of life, being person centred, and using behaviour analytic strategies. 

As a PBS worker you will have the opportunity to develop your existing skills through the completion of a recognised and accredited L5 qualification in Positive Behaviour Support as well as gain valuable supervision from the PBS Specialist.

This role requires a high level of resilience as the people we are supporting can have difficulties in expressing themselves, leading to behaviours of concern.  No two days will be the same, however, each successfully overcome challenge can bring its own rewards. This is a job that will keep you busy and allow you to use creative solutions to problem solve.

 “I am a 22 year old woman and for the past year I have lived in my own home which I love! I am supported at all times, as although I am very able and independent in lots of ways, I struggle with understanding risks and how to communicate with others. 

I can do lots of things for myself like make simple meals and drinks and I can read and write. I love colouring, designing posters, and painting nails! I can do the majority of my personal care but may need you to prompt me. I really love water so may have several showers during the day, especially if I don’t have anything else I enjoy planned.  

I have limited verbal communication and echolalia. Sometimes I use single words but often I will take you to what I want. I will use full sentences if I feel strongly about something and really want to do something. It is important not to use the word no with me as it can make me feel anxious. My staff help me understand my plans by using pictures and giving me two choices at a time. 

There is so much I like to do but these activities do need to be planned as I don’t like crowds of people and can sometimes be a bit unpredictable in my behaviour. I love shopping, music (Beyoncé and Michael Jackson are my favourites!), being pampered and having my nails and make up done, bowling and being outside. No day is ever the same with me and I like to live life to the full!” 

“Hi I’m a 27 year old man and I need a support worker to help me in my day to day life. I am caring, enthusiastic and lots of fun! I can do the majority of my own personal care and dressing but do need prompting to do this properly. 

I like to clean my own flat and hoover but like staff to prompt me and make this fun. I have my own mobility car and love going out shopping, swimming, bowling, going for long walks and kicking a football around. 

I have a diagnosis of ADHD which affects me in many ways. I take medication to help me with my condition but I need support and understanding from care team to help me cope with everyday life. I do become easily distracted and am always on the go. I don’t mean to but I sometimes act without thinking and can become aggressive and verbally abusive. 

When I communicate I tend to use key words and fragment my sentences. I can be very repetitive in my speech and this can make me difficult to understand at times. When I feel that I’m not being understood I become frustrated very quickly. I am very perceptive and can tell what mood you are in and you feelings towards me. When I first meet you I may be shy and quiet and it may take me a while to feel comfortable with you!”


About us

At Aspens, we have over 100 years of experience in supporting people with learning disabilities and on the autism spectrum as well as children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities or complex needs. We are here to provide practical and emotional support at all levels of independence, in everyday environments and in the community so that each member of our extended family is empowered to live the way they choose. In fact, our most powerful advances come from the people we support, because they tell us how it should be.  

Positive Behaviour Support Worker Requirements

We are looking for PBS workers who will be able to successfully support our client to reach her potential; this will include building up a trusting and confident relationship, supporting her around her home to do house hold chores, helping her develop new skills such as cooking meals, finding new activities that she enjoys to broaden her involvement in the local community, and increasing her quality of life in all areas.

As a PBS worker you will also be expected to maintain accurate records, monitor progress in all areas of development, complete accurate incident reports when required, implement evidence based strategies when recommended by the PBS Specialist, and regularly attend team meetings.  In order to be successful in your role you will have regular supervisions and team meetings with both the service manager and the PBS Specialist.

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience of working with people who have a Learning disability and/or Autism. 

  • Experience of working with people who may display behaviours of concern

  • Willingness to work towards the Level 5 PBS Qualification or have a Level 5 Qualification and the ability to work at that level.

  • Driving Licence. 

  • Available to work shifts including; long days OR nights 

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of implementing reactive strategies, including the use of physical intervention

  • Experience of working within an active support framework

  • Experience of working within a PBS Framework

  • Experience of using alternative forms of communication, for example PECS or Makaton

Personal Requirements:

  • Positive ‘can-do’ Attitude 

  • Friendly, Positive, Calm and Helpful 

  • Good problem solving skills  

  • Good Sense of Humour 

  • Team worker  

  • Flexible and Trustworthy 

  • Patient and Caring Attitude  

  • Good at listening 

Pay and Benefits 

  • Hourly rate of £18,278 to £24,050 per annum depending on qualification and experience. 

  • Ongoing employee training and development including working towards level 5 PBS qualification. 

  • Holidays 22 days plus bank holidays 

  • Permanent contract & guaranteed hours  

  • Full Induction 

  • Paid training 

  • Specialist support from our expert PBS team. 

  • Caring supportive teams 

  • Pension enrolment 

  • Bonuses for new employee referrals

  • Free DBS check 

Any offer would be subject to Disclosure and Barring checks and satisfactory employment references.

We will consider job share and part time arrangements for all posts in line with the needs of the charity.

Whether you are experienced carer/support worker, or someone looking for a change in career if you are caring, compassionate and up for a challenge, APPLY NOW. If you need further information, please contact Alison on 0330 335 8997


Contact information

Alison Jacob

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