Paula Hopes known as Paula
RNLD, PGCE-LTHE, M.Sc. Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour
After qualifying as a learning disability nurse in 2003 I worked in a small residential setting for adults whose behaviour is described as challenging. Following this I worked in South Yorkshire in an assessment and treatment unit before moving back to my home town, Middlesbrough. I was employed as a behaviour nurse specialist, working with children and adults across a large Mental Health and Learning Disability Trust, the role required analysis of challenging behaviour and settings in which the behaviour occurred, close work with mediators and multi-disciplinary teams to provide individualised intervention plans aimed at skills teaching and increasing quality of life.
My most recent post was as a Senior lecturer at Teesside University, where I was involved in pre and post reg education, including the development and delivery of a level 5 module ‘developing positive approaches to working with those whose behaviour is described as challenging’.
Delivery of pre and post reg teaching.
Personal tutor and supervisor
HEA fellow, NMC, RCN
I am currently registered as an expert clinician within Care and Treatment reviews as part of the transforming care agenda.
Areas of Expertise
MDT working, LD Camhs, positive behaviour support, working with those whose behaviour is described as challenging, delivering functional assessment and intervention to improve quality of life and enhance skills.
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