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Senior Coordinator Distress Brief Intervention

  • Full time
  • £25,334
  • Tomnahurich Street, Inverness
  • Closing 6th January 2023

  • Advertised from 22nd November 2022
  • Grade: Manager Level 4.3. 35 hours a week. Fixed term contract.


The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme is an innovative Scottish Government pilot project, which offers rapid referral to solution-focussed support for people aged over 16 who are experiencing distress.

Change Mental Health has successfully led the programme in Inverness (one of 4 test-site areas) for since 2017, co-ordinating the contribution of multiple partner agencies and providing solution-focussed support to people who are referred to DBI by front-line services. In April, the Scottish Government announced that DBI would be extended across the whole of Scotland as a response to the Covid-19 crisis. As part of this important extension of the programme Support in Mind will provide support for people in the Highlands, Argyll and Bute, the Western Isles and Dumfries and Galloway who are experiencing distress related to Covid-19. We are now seeking senior staff to lead both the core programme in Inverness and the extended Covid-19 response.

As one of two DBI Senior Coordinators, you will have a key role in the DBI team, training and supervising DBI staff and working closely with the National Project Manager on development of the DBI project.

In my role as a DBI Senior Coordinator, I have responsibility to ensure that our work to support people in distress is delivered to a high standard and within the framework agreed with the Scottish Government and the DBI Programme Board. I line manage DBI Level 2 staff to achieve our outcomes. In partnership with the DBI National Project Manager I co-ordinate the work of the DBI Level 2 team. I contribute to the evidence base required to enable the Government to make decisions about the future of the work in Scotland.

In partnership with the DBI National Project Manager, I ensure that we involve all stakeholders in the DBI programme, and that we develop a comprehensive understanding and map of the services and facilities available to support people to manage their distress and develop plans to prevent future episodes.

Why join us

Change Mental Health is a leading national mental health charity providing unique support to people with severe and enduring mental ill health. With 50 years’ experience across Scotland, we believe people affected by poor mental health and illness deserve the highest quality of support in the community and that every person has the right to be valued and to share in the opportunities, challenges, and joys of everyday life.

Our person-centred approach puts the people we work with at the heart of what we do ensuring they have greater opportunity, can build confidence and social skills, and become more integrated into their communities. By building connections and support around individual needs, our team of nearly 200 staff and 800 members value the lived experience which informs the services we deliver. We look beyond illness by taking a holistic approach that ensures no one has to face mental ill health alone.


  • Professional development including funded opportunities.
  • A generous 37 days’ holiday.
  • A 35-hour working week, enhanced sick pay & season ticket loan.
  • A great work life balance with flexible and blended working environment.
  • 24/7 access to an award-winning Employee Assistance Programme providing free legal, financial and medical advice as well as support with life’s challenges.
  • Enhanced sick pay and leave entitlements
  • Paid Mental Wellbeing Days
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Blue Light discount card

Application notes

Please download and complete the application form and submit via our BreatheHR portal. Applications must be received by 12 pm on 6th January 2023.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us in the notes section of the application form, to 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.