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DBI Team Leader

  • Full time
  • £23,650 – £26,993
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • Closing 2nd December 2021

  • Advertised from 18th November 2021
  • 37.5hours per week. Scale 25 - 29
  • W687


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;

  • 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.
  • You will have experience Working with children and young people and families with complex issues including trauma, mental health and child protection

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

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

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties . A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form.

Closing date for all applications will be Thursday 2nd December at 12 noon.

Interviews to be confirmed

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.