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Administrator - Positive Behaviour Support

  • Part time
  • £20,841 – £21,942 pro-rata
  • Renfrewshire
  • Closing 2nd February 2023

  • Advertised from 19th January 2023
  • 2 days per week. Fixed Term to July 2024
  • Ref 3126


Unleash Your Potential: Help us Change Lives?

Because People Matter at Turning Point Scotland, why not join us to reach your full potential.

Our Turning Point Scotland Service in Renfrewshire is looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic Administrator, who is motivated to work as part of our thriving and diverse team.

Your ability to work on your own initiative, manage and prioritise a busy work schedule and demonstrate attention to detail is essential. Along with your excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills along with experience of working in a proactive and flexible way will support our team in delivering the Care and Support in the community.

If this is, you then join us as our Administrator.

The wellbeing of people with learning disabilities is at the forefront of what we do in TPS. In line with person-centred and citizenship-based approach to supporting individuals, we are committed to the delivery of a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) model and how this is in line with our values. In delivering approaches that improves the quality of life for the people we support, PBS promotes respect and dignity for people with learning disabilities and supports their human rights.

TPS is committed to the development of all staff delivering support to adults who have learning disabilities, including; appropriate training, debriefing, PBS skills development and problem-solving.


The Scottish Government published The Coming Home Report in 2018, which highlighted PBS as a well-established and internationally recognised approach; evidencing its effectiveness in supporting people with complex needs and behaviours which are perceived as challenging. In addition, examples such as; the Winterbourne View scandal, recommended PBS as an approach among the range of good practice guidelines. The Scottish Government has made a commitment to develop a Positive Behavioural Support Community of Practice for Scotland.

It is with this in mind that TPS Heads of Service for both Learning Disability and Forensic services, have developed a team and approach, to enhance the resources and skills that are already in place within TPS.


  • PBS LEAD PRACTITIONER (2xfull-time): Requires experienced practitioners who can demonstrate their knowledge, experience and values that underpin working positively with adults who present behaviours that are challenging. Also, demonstrating their commitment to their ongoing professional development. Essential is an SVQ 3 in Social Care. The successful candidate must be willing to undertake a Professional Development Award in PBS.
  • SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST (0.5 full-time equivalent): Requires an experienced therapist who has worked in the field of learning disability, supporting individuals and staff teams to understand and implement communication tools that support individuals to overcome some of the barriers to them being able to convey their needs. As an experienced therapist, professional supervision will be sought by TPS to ensure ongoing professional development and knowledge.
  • ADMINISTRATOR (0.4 full-time equivalent): to support with the administration of the team and petty cash, travel expenses, annual leave and absence returns.

PBS APPROACH AND Turning Point Scotland

Taking a PBS approach to supporting people who have learning disabilities, autism and mental health is not a new concept to TPS. We have in place a number of approaches, resources and training tools in place to support the delivery of a positive approach. Such as;

  • MAPA Training: all staff working in the PBS Team expected to have a leadership role in this area and be qualified to deliver MAPA training.
  • Communication tools e.g. Talking Mats, Makaton, Communication Charts/Plans
  • Peron-centred approaches
  • Commitment to Keys to Life and Citizenship
  • Functional analysis and understanding the environment
  • Support planning and behavioural support plans
  • Autism awareness
  • Introduction to Forensics
  • Supervision and support, PDRP

PBS is a whole-system approach to supporting people with complex support needs. It is not a single intervention but rather a person-centred approach which puts people at the centre, working in partnership with the person and their carers to enable the right support to be provided at the right time. The additional value from having a PBS focussed team is to support staff teams at times when the challenges are all-consuming and they are feeling a ‘bit stuck’. An external professional(s) i.e. one who is not invested in the support the person receives, can take an objective view of the situation and offer solutions. Debriefing and reassurance to the staff team in supporting the individual, could be part of the role.

The PBS team is not a replacement for multi-agency support, but an additional and faster response through:

  • Manage and prevent staff burnout, lessen the impact of challenging periods on staff and people we support
  • Rapid response: prevent placement breakdown.
  • We currently support individuals who present with complex issues
  • It links in well with and supports our other resources (see above)
  • It has a trauma informed basis
  • It fits well with a citizenship approach
  • Establish positive links with reputable external networks


The initial funding for this service is for a 2-year pilot period. Throughout the pilot there will be 6-monthly reviews to establish the feasibility of the service. During the reviews we will be monitoring funding and considering how the service can be sustained in the longer term.

Staff will be clear from the outset that this is a 2-year funded service and as such, investment in other overhead costs e.g. office/accommodation, will be based in the Renfrew office, which has longer sustainability and available space.

In Summary

Turning Point Scotland has a history of supporting and understanding individuals with complex issues taking a trauma informed approach across all areas of our work. The PBS and Trauma-informed approaches that we take across the diverse nature of our services, will allow this model to be implemented across TPS services. However, this pilot project will concentrate on the specific geography of Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and North Lanarkshire.

TPS recognises that all behaviours are a process of communication and have a valuable meaning. Therefore, a PBS approach seeks to understand people's behaviour and communication with a view to improving support, changing structures, cultures, environments, and empowering people. By offering less restrictive alternatives to physical restraint and psychotropic medication, PBS can play an important role in developing effective community-based support to individuals currently living in hospitals.

The fundamental purpose of this project is to develop a culture of positive and proactive approaches across the LD and Forensic services, and, equip our services with a Practice Leadership toolkit that encourage peer understanding and support, with an emphasis on debriefing, reflection and problem-solving.

We understand that everybody’s experience is different.

As our Administrator, you will work closely with the whole staff team to provide a general administrative support including financial administrative tasks.

You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be comfortable working with Microsoft Office packages.

Application notes

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Closing date; 2nd February 2023