Post: Distress Brief Intervention Coordinator (3 Posts)

Location: Home Working (Regular travel to Inverness once restrictions are lifted)

Salary: £21,336 per annum Pro rata. Post 1 £17,068.80 per annum for 28 hrs/week and Post 2: £4,267.20 per annum for 7 hrs/week.

Hours: Part Time 2 x 28 hours, 1 x 7hrs (Weekend working)

Tenure: Fixed term Contract to May 2022 (Contract extension expected, subject to funding being confirmed)

Closing date: 13th September 2021 at midday

Interview date: 22nd and 23rd September 2021

About Us

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, Ambulance service, Primary Care and mental health teams, the project provides rapid referral to focussed, short-term support, with the option of onward referral to longer-term support if required. As a DBI Coordinator, you will join this major, high profile Scottish Government project in a key role.

For further information about DBI and our involvement in the project, head to our website and visit

About the Role

We are seeking to appoint 3 highly motivated individuals to join our DBI team. DBI 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, NHS24 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 protected adults. (The cost are met by the employer)

These posts are part time, 7hrs Weekend Working only or working 28 hours per week, office hours of 9am – 5pm with some weekend working on a rota basis (approx. every 6-8wks) and Regular travel will be required once travel restrictions are lifted.

If you are interested in this opportunity but are unsure that you have all of the qualifications and experience necessary, please do not hesitate to get in touch for an informal discussion with Anne MacDougall, the Distress Brief Intervention National Project Manager on 01463 710963 or email [email protected] 

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

How to Apply?

Please email your complete application pack to [email protected] by midday 13-09-2021 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.

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 our hiring 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.

Application Pack

Introduction to Distress Brief Intervention

Job Description

Terms of Service

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Support In Mind Scotland is the operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC088179. Charity Number SC 013649.