Whose Story Are We Telling Anyway?

This is the 2024 BILD PBS conference keynote script. Clock this How To Be A Real Practice Leader – workshop notes on the practice leadership session


Now That I Come to Think About Co-Production in Prague

I spent some time in Czechia in spring 2024, and these reflections helped me make sense of my time there. The article focusses on how co-production is meant to be embedded within behaviour support


2023: Tony Osgood Becoming An Ally

On Becoming an Ally is the title of a talk for the 2023 Newcastle BILD conference focussing on positive approaches and co-production, kindness and compassion. The link is the transcript.

Some of the slides I used – including graphics ℅ The King's Fund, can be found here – Tony Osgood Presentation Handout

Suits you, sir

This article from over fifteen years ago was one of the first I wrote for Paradigm-UK's website. This considers challenging behaviour in learning disabilities (intellectual & developmental disabilities these days), the need for competent environments and support that is fit for purpose. The article became very popular (to this day I receive emails from people around the world), in part due to its humour, accessibility, and advocating for common sense.

Never mind the quality

This article was reworked to become a book chapter [Cambridge & Carnaby Eds Book on Care Management & Person Centred Planning -chapter four]  for a book edited by the wonderful Paul Cambridge and admirable Steve Carnaby. It outlines the chief dangers facing the national implementation of person centred planning. There's very little wrong with person centred planning, but like any approach, the devil is in the detail, particularly, how organisations 'scale up' individual approaches to wider populations.

Get Some Perspective

This is the second draft of a paper I wrote following an invitation to speak at a conference. I introduce the paper thus: On being asked to speak at a conference largely populated by people whose wages are earned through teaching others to employ physically restrictive interventions to manage the risk arising from behaviour that challenges. The title comes from the keynote I gave at the conference. The tone of the presentation is more conciliatory than this paper (though I wonder if it should be). Still, one has to engage and suggest there are alternatives to custom and practice.

Listening to People Using Services

This book chapter provides the story of how support is organised for one person. Written in 2019, the book this chapter is from was published by Pavilion, with editorial proceeds going to the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

Chapter 3 Extract: 'Working Together or Pulling Apart'

This is a pre-print extract from Chapter Three of the book Supporting Positive Behaviour in Intellectual Disabilities & Autism: Practical Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviour.

The book was published in January 2020.

Doing It For Attention

This article outlines strategies for responding to challenging and problematic behaviour once they've occurred, because no matter how good your plan of support is, no matter how skilled, people make mistakes and things go wrong. Cut yourself a break.

Falling on Deaf Ears

This is the first article I wrote about my experiences of working with 'Jane', a young woman with the label of autism who had a black-belt in self injury, that turned out to be self harm. It tells precisely what 'Jane' taught me about myself and my so-called knowledge.

At the time it was quite a controversial article. I received threatening phone calls, abusive emails and my bosses received huge pressure from 'vested interests' about the article's critique of services.

Still Hurting- What Jane Did Next

Despite the hate, 'Jane' had more to teach me about Serviceland, herself, autism and self-harm. This article was incredibly helpful to write because it helped me develop my understanding of how best to support people through the moody hills of commissioning and services.


Ancient Wisdom

This paper is a bit wordy (you have been warned) and was written for the British Institute of Learning Disabilities 2017 PBS Conference attended by their PBS Coaches.

Every Generation Must Fight the Same Battles Again & Again

The second kinda wordy article for the 2017 BILD PBS conference. I also produced a couple of presentations. Here's one of the Keynote Handout slide pdfs, and oh, wait, here's the slides handout of the other session.

You can find some articles written for the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, here.

Here is a download of a chapter I wrote concerning the role of learning disability nurses in support positive responses to behaviour that challenges: The Contribution of Nurse Specialists.

A paper written with the estimable Bob Marks on Positive Behaviour Support (from way back when it was a new term) for the Tizard's old Subscriber Network can be found here-  PBS Third Draft