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Distress Brief Intervention Coordinator (4 Posts)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,336
  • Home Working (With regular travel to Inverness once travel restrictions are lifted)
  • Closing 6th August 2020

  • Advertised from 23rd July 2020
  • Fixed term to April 2021(Possible extension, subject to funding).
  • Part Time 21 or 28 hours or Full Time 35 hours per week. (Happy to Talk Flexible).


Support in Mind Scotland provides support for people whose lives are affected by mental health problems or illness. We do this throughout Scotland by offering a range of services to people directly affected by a mental health issue and to those who care for them, whether family, friend or supporter. We are committed to delivering services shaped by the lived experienced of people affected by mental health. We believe in a holistic approach to providing support and aim to empower our service user to make the best use of what help and support is available to them.

About the DBI Project:

Support in Mind Scotland is the lead partner in the Highlands for the Scottish Government’s Distress Brief Intervention project (DBI). The DBI is a Scotland-wide pilot project, testing a ground-breaking approach to addressing the emotional and psychological pain experienced by people in distress. Working in partnership with frontline services, including Police, Primary Care and Emergency Departments, and with third sector support organisations, the project provides rapid referral to focussed, short-term support, with the option of onward referral to longer-term support if required. DBI Coordinator, you will join this major, high profile Scottish Government project in a key role.

Head to our website for further information about DBI and our involvement in the project at and on our website at

About the Role:

We are seeking to appoint 4 highly motivated individuals to join our team of DBI Coordinators in the Highlands. Coordinators provide support, advice and personal support planning for people referred from front-line services, carrying out short-term work with people in distress to review the reasons for their distress, develop immediate coping strategies and link them into a range of appropriate community services and facilities.

The purpose of this role is to work with people in distress who are referred by front line services (including Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service NHS Highland Accident & Emergency and Primary Care) to the Level 2 Distress Brief Intervention team. The work includes: reviewing the reasons for distress, working with individuals to develop their Distress Brief Intervention Management Plan and using supported referral to 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.

The post holders will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or update their membership record for regulated work with children and protected adults. (The cost are met by the employer)

These post are either Full Time or part time, working either 21, 28 or 35 hours per week. We are happy to consider any combinations of work pattern between suitable candidates.

If you are interested in this opportunity but unsure that you have all of the qualifications and experience required, please do not hesitate to get in touch for an informal discussion with Anne MacDougall, the Distress Brief Intervention National Project Manager on 0146 371 0963 or email

Why join us?

This is a great opportunity to join a thriving award winning charity, and help shape its future. In return for your work and dedication, we offer scope for development, a benefit package including 37 days’ holiday, enhanced sick pay, family friendly policies and access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

Find out more about what we do and who we are at

Application notes

Please email your completed application pack to by midday 6th August 2020 with “Recruitment –Confidential DBI Coordinator” in your email subject line.

We have adjusted our recruitment process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews will be held via video call software. If you are shortlisted to interview, we will provide you with guidance on how to access the interview. Interview date: 13th and 14th of August 2020

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of any arrangements that we may make to the interview process.

We reserve the right to close this advert earlier or later than stated, so please don’t delay your application to avoid any disappointment.