Linda Hume, Martin Reilly, Nadia Khan

Enabling Capable Environments Using Practice Leadership: A Unique Framework for Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Carers

Reflecting a shift to more humanistic and ecological approaches to professional care, this handbook brings together contemporary thinking and practice for those who offer evidence-based, person-centred support for people with intellectual disabilities.


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This handbook promotes a perspective shift within learning disability services that aims to move the focus of professional support away from diagnosis and identifying what someone cannot do, towards assessing and
supporting strengths and providing opportunities and resources to enhance people’s quality of life. Designed to be used both by facilitators and as a self-study guide for those who support people with intellectual disabilities, Enabling Capable Environments will provide direction to enhance practitioners’ skills and develop a more collaborative, hands-on leadership approach. The authors set out a unique framework that outlines the critical approaches that underpin enabling capable environments and how these can be implemented successfully.


Learning disability specialist clinicians, front-line care staff, nurses and allied health professionals; students of these disciplines; professional and family caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities; care provider organisations


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

ISBN: 9781803882505

Publication Date: April 2024

Page count: 220



1: Humanistic and values-led supports
2: Enabling Capable Environments
3. Applying Capable Environments
4. Sustaining Capable Environments
5. Developing and Implementing a Periodic Service Review (PSR)
6. Practice Leadership
7. Person-Centred Active Support (PCAS)
8. Enabling Opportunities and Developing Skills
9. Person-Centred Approaches to understanding behaviour that challenges
10. Development of Multi-Element Behaviour Support Plans (MEBSP)
11. The Role of Resolution Strategies
12. Evidence-based Practice: What we should see

References and resource list


Linda Hume (Registered Nurse: Learning Disability), BSc (Hons), MSc, PgCert, FHEA & Doctoral Candidate University of Stirling. 

Linda Hume is a Registered Nurse: Learning Disability and is an Independent academic and consultant. This also involves a post with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation as Coproduction and Engagement Lead, the Lead for Research, and Practice Leadership at the IABA Research and Education Foundation and a lecturer at several universities across the UK. Linda is also an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Intellectual Disability – Diagnosis and Treatment.

Linda has worked in a range of leadership roles in Health, Social Care and Academia. Her teaching, research and consultancy focus on working with families, supporting organisations understand and implement evidence-based person-centred approaches for people with a learning disability.

Nadia Khan BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst), BSc (Hons), MSc, Doctoral Candidate University of Kent

Nadia Khan is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst and is a Positive Behaviour Support Manager at the Richmond Fellowship Scotland. Nadia has a background in adult social care, residential school settings, and individual support within family homes. Nadia is currently a PhD candidate at the Tizard Centre within the University of Kent where she is researching staff psychological wellbeing within learning disability services. Nadia has experience working within one-to-one supports, as well as systems-wide implementation of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and has experience of conducting research within the learning disability field.

Martin Reilly BTEC level 5 in Positive Behaviour Support from NHS Wales.

Martin Reilly is the Positive Behaviour Support Lead with the National Autistic Society in Scotland. Martin has worked with individuals with learning disability, autism and behaviours that challenge for the last 15 years. Over the last few years, Martin has focused on supporting the development of a National PBS team within the NAS and helping to ensure a consistent approach to PBS within the organisation. Martin has a keen interest in practice leadership, active support and capable environments as a means of improving quality of live and reducing restrictive practices for individuals supported within services.


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