LUNCH & LEARN - Understanding Lucy: Our journey with Positive Behavioural Support

No prior booking is required for this event. 


This session is suitable for all staff and volunteers across the North East and North Cumbria health and care system. If you have any queries about your eligibility to attend, please get in touch.



Boost, in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, are planning a series of Lunch and Learns. These are 30 minute, virtual, informal sessions that take place at lunchtime - while you take a break and eat, you can listen to our invited speaker give a short talk sharing their experience of improvement work. The session is then open to anyone who has questions or reflections to offer.

Join us for this Lunch and Learn to hear from Debbie Austin (Strategic Learning Disability Workforce Development Manager – Family Carers / Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust) on 'Understanding Lucy: Our journey with Positive Behavioural Support'.

In this session, Debbie will be talking to us about her lived experience supporting her daughter, who has a severe learning disability and who is autistic.

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is a person-centred way of supporting people with a learning disability, which focuses on working in partnership with the individual, treating them with dignity, and ultimately enabling them to live a better life (Bild, 2023).

PBS has become a way of life for Debbie's family, and has transformed their lives.


About our speaker...

Debbie Austin is a family carer - her daughter Lucy has Down Syndrome and is autistic. Debbie is passionate about PBS, which has transformed family life by helping her to understand the communication behind Lucy’s behaviours. As a result, she seen an increase in Lucy’s happiness and quality of life and a significant decrease in the behaviours themselves. 

Debbie works for the NHS on behalf of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System as a Strategic Learning Disability Workforce Development Manger - Family Carers, drawing on her lived experience as a family carer, and also on 30 years of experience working as a physiotherapist (the last 12 being in a Community Learning Disability Team).


The session will take place via Microsoft Teams, and will be recorded. Please click here to join this Lunch & Learn...

If you have any queries about this event or any special requirements, please contact get in touch.

Event Details

Event date 23 January 2024 12:30 pm
Event end date 23 January 2024 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 24 November 2023
Cut off date 23 January 2024 12:30 pm
Individual Price Free
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