Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. Today, SAMH operates 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services 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.
An exciting opportunity has arisen in our National Distress Brief intervention (DBI) Services . We are looking for an exceptional Team Leader for the West Dunbartonshire Teams. As a DBI Team Leader you will provide Leadership and guidance to a small team of DBI practitioners delivering direct DBI support all across the areas of the West Dunbartonshire . The DBI Team Leader will co-ordinate, evaluate and review this support, allocate referrals and ensure that all referrals received from level 1 partners are contacted within 24hrs. You will be providing mentorship to Practitioners and also liaise with Partners. As the DBI Team Leader you will have the ability to communicate constructively and confidently with multiple partner agencies such as such as Primary Care , Education and Police Scotland.
As an experienced Team Leader, you will provide positive leadership and management whilst demonstrating and evidencing the following;
The overarching aim of the DBI Programme is to provide a framework for improved inter-agency co-ordination, collaboration and co-operation across a wide range of care settings, interventions and community supports, with the shared goal of providing a compassionate and effective response to people in distress, making it more likely that they will engage with and stay connected to services or support that may benefit them over time.
A Distress Brief Intervention is a time limited and supportive problem solving contact with an individual in distress. It is a two-level approach. DBI level 1 is provided by front line staff in Primary Care , Education and Police Scotland. and involves a compassionate response, signposting and offer of referral to a DBI level 2 service. DBI level 2 will be provided by trained staff within SAMH who would contact the person within 24-hours of referral and provide compassionate community problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning, supported connections and signposting for a period of up to 14 days.
A history of DBI can be found at dbi.scot
This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to make a difference to peoples’ lives and support them to achieve their identified outcomes. You will be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a mature attitude together with adaptability and enthusiasm. Knowledge and experience in supporting people with mental health problems is desirable.
The working pattern is predominantly Monday to Friday; however you may be required to work out with this in line with service needs including evenings, weekends. There is a requirement to participate on the management on call rota out with working times. The post though initially home working will include meetings that requires travel
To be successful in this post you will meet the essential criteria, core competencies behaviour and skills listed in the role profile and be able to demonstrate a proven track record of delivering outcomes for vulnerable adults; and knowledge and experience of working in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.
SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 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
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 West Dunbartonshire.
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 , primary care and education 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 who receive referrals from front line level 1 staff and respond accordingly within 24 hours. 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 young peoples 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.
We are looking to recruit 2 very highly motivated individuals to join our West Dunbartonshire DBI team. DBI practitioners provide support, advice and personal support planning for Young people referred from –frontline services, carrying out a 14 day intervention to people in distress. The role of the DBI Practitioners is to review the reasons for the individuals 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.