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DBI Team Leader – 2 posts

  • Full time
  • £23,650 – £26,993
  • Home based
  • Closing 29th October 2021

  • Advertised from 11th October 2021
  • 37.5 per week. Permanent.
  • W678


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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our National Distress Brief intervention (DBI) Services . We are looking for two exceptional Team Leaders, to join our small and friendly 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 Fife, Forth Valley, Scottish Borders and Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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 Police Scotland, NHS 24, GPS, Community Mental Health teams and Ambulance Service.

As an experienced Team Leader, you will provide positive leadership and management whilst demonstrating and evidencing the following;

• Leading and managing teams 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.

• Reporting and evaluating of operational service delivery demonstrating delivery and development and ensuring accurate recording of Data.

• Experience establishing effective partnerships with key stakeholders.

• Compliance with relevant, legislation, contracts and service specifications, SAMH policies and ensuring practice reflects current research findings.

• Effective and efficient management of all resources.

• Contributing to the wider work of SAMH to support the achievement of SAMH strategic objectives.

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 NHS24, Police Scotland & Scottish Ambulance Service and involves a compassionate response, signposting and offer of referral to a DBI level 2 service. D.BI 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

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.

Application notes

Closing date for all applications will be Friday 29th October 2021 at 12 noon.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 11th November 2021

PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of qualifications declared on the application form are required.

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

Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website

Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to, no other form of application will be accepted.