Top job! Care & Support Practice Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £46,237.06
  • Hybrid: Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd July 2024

  • Advertised from 5th July 2024
  • 37 hours per week
  • Reference: HO21/PDM


Ark has been successfully supporting people with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health and Complex Support needs to live good lives and make their home in their communities for 47 years. Providing over 16,000 hours of support a week, we currently support over 400 people across Scotland in 12 Local Authority areas.

We have an exciting opportunity to join Ark as Care & Support Practice Development Manager. This new post is a critical for Ark as we move into a new phase of organisational development and implement our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Strategy.

Ark has a long history of supporting people using PBS approaches and we want to build on this by making a step change in the way we support staffs’ understanding and development, placing PBS at the heart of our service delivery.

Reporting to the Director of Care & Support, the Care & Support Practice Development Manager will establish, develop and lead a Practice Development team. The team will initially focus on the development and implementation of Ark’s PBS strategy, supporting front line managers to become Practice Leaders and building knowledge, capacity, and resilience within Care & Support teams.

Longer term, the Practice Development team will also support the development of staff practice across a range of areas of practice and the development of competency frameworks.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Significant experience of successfully working with people with learning disabilities, autism, and behaviours of concern.
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • A commitment to upholding Peoples’ Human Rights and a values based approach to providing support
  • Demonstrable track record of delivering PBS effectively, impacting positively on peoples’ quality of life and staff practice.
  • An understanding of Practice Development and Practice Leadership.
  • The ability to oversee the development and governance of organisational strategy and embed approaches, translating theory and evidence into Policy, Procedure and Practice.
  • A recognised health or social care qualification and/or a recognised PBS qualification or the willingness to undertake relevant professional development.

Application notes

Does this sound like the perfect fit for you?

If you’d like to discuss the opportunity and find out more about the role, please contact Mark Hall, Director of Care & Support via email

Find out more, download the Job Outline and Apply at

Why Ark?

  • Hybrid Working: Enjoy the flexibility of splitting your work week between working from home, Arks services and our Main Office in Edinburgh.
  • Flexible Working Times: Not a 9am - 5pm person. Arks allows you to flex your start & finish time in agreement with your line manager.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Arks Employee Assistance program (EAP) gives all employees access to counselling sessions. There is also support available through weekly webinars and the EAP Website & App.
  • Employee Discounts: Employee Discounts Portal with 1000s of discounts on your favourite brands including Supermarkets, Cinema Tickets, Gym Membership and Holidays.

In return for your valuable contribution, Ark will also offer you:

  • Up to 36 days paid holiday per year pro rata
  • 4% Contributory pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Ark is a major provider of Care and Support to people with long term and enduring conditions including learning disability, mental health issues, dementia and autism. As a Housing Association, we provide a range of accommodation much of which has been designed or adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

Our aim is to create the best possible customer outcomes through our highly skilled people, the provision of high quality affordable homes and excellent care.

Please apply online or contact the HR team on 0131 447 9027 or at quoting the job reference.

CVs will not be accepted

Applications close at 4pm Monday 22nd July 2024.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 31st July 2024 & Thursday 1st August 2024.

Scottish Charity No. SCO15694