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Ref no:
Scotland, G1
£24,000 per year pro rata
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Part Time
30 hours per week
Work From Home:

This position has expired.

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. We have represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for almost 100 years. Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.

These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change. SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

For Scotland’s Mental Health

 Post:          DBI Practitioner- Covid Response Service; 2 posts

Ref:            REC1138     

Location:    Home-based (remote working is subject to review)                

Hours:         30 per week  

Salary:        Pro rata £24000.00 (£12.30 per hour)           

Contract:    Fixed Term for 2 years


About the Role   

 Scottish Government has announced an extension to the programme of Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) across Scotland. The extended programme will be available to support people whose mental health has been impacted as a result of the pandemic. SAMH are looking to recruit DBI practitioners to provide a Level 2 DBI service to Forth Valley and Fife and Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

 A Distress Brief Intervention is a time limited and supportive, problem solving contact with an individual in distress and is a two-level approach. DBI level 1 is provided by staff in the mental health hub in NHS 24 and involves a compassionate response, signposting and offer of referral to a DBI level 2 service. 

 DBI level 2 is provided by trained SAMH staff 365 days a year, who receive referrals via Primary Care services. The DBI Practitioner will contact the person within 24-hours of referral and provide compassionate, problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning, supported connections and signposting for a period of up to 14 days. The DBI Practitioner role is an exciting and challenging post which makes a real difference to people’s lives. You will use your great communication skills and mature attitude to support people to achieve their identified outcomes. Previous experience and knowledge of supporting people with their mental health would be desirable.

 What we are looking for

 We are looking to recruit 2 highly motivated individuals to join our friendly DBI team. DBI practitioners provide support, advice and personal distress management planning for people referred from front-line services, carrying out a 14 day intervention to people in distress.

 The role of the DBI Practitioner is to review the reasons for the individual’s distress, and support the person to develop immediate coping strategies and link them into a range of appropriate community services and facilities.

The DBI Practitioner will also support the person in distress to develop their Distress Brief Intervention Management Plan and link individuals into a range of appropriate community services and facilities as appropriate. Training in Level 2 Distress Brief Intervention, specific to the post, will be provided.

 You will;

  • Have the skills to provide compassionate connected direction and guidance to people referred to the DBI service by NHS24, Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service.
  • Support the Team Leader to co-ordinate, evaluate and review this support while providing accurate data information and completed distress management plans.
  • Have the ability to communicate constructively and confidently with multiple partner agencies such as Police Scotland, NHS 24, GPs, CMHT, Ambulance Service.
  • Have the skills and knowledge to ensure safe and effective provision of support to those people who use the DBI service through the promotion of outcomes focused person centred approaches

 What we will provide for you

 You will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities. You will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as develop professionally. Some of our benefits include;

·      Reimbursement of PVG, Disclosure & SSSC annual fees and registration costs.

·      Funded continuous learning and development opportunities, access to over 100 courses online in addition to classroom and virtual training sessions

·      30 days annual leave rising to 33 after 5 years’ service

·      4 public holidays

·      2 paid wellbeing days off per year to use on what matters to you.

·      Team wellbeing budgets

·      Workplace pension scheme

·      Life Assurance policy

·      Employee Assistance Programme


Closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd February 2023.


To apply and for further information please visit;…

 PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of any qualifications declared in your application will be required.

 Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

 Please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a high level of applicants and would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible

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