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National Distress Brief Intervention Project Lead

Post: National Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)  Project Lead
34 Tomnahurich Street, Inverness, IV3 5DS
Salary: £33,841.00 per annum, pro rata

How to apply

Submit your application via our BreatheHR portal. Applications must be received by 12pm on 28th of September 2023. Please remember to click ‘upload’ after attaching your application form to the portal.

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About the role

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated National Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) Project Lead who will be responsible for overseeing and leading all Change Mental Health DBI Teams and assisting in the development of the DBI programme on behalf of the organisation.

The purpose of this role is to work closely with senior colleagues in Change Mental Health and with a wide range of statutory and third-sector agencies to ensure that the Distress Brief Intervention continues to deliver innovative service in a compassionate and connected way. This role required working across several areas of Scotland, including Highland, Argyll & Bute, Dumfries and Galloway and the Change Mental Health National office in Edinburgh. The National Project Lead will develop the service while working closely with key partners, liaising with the appropriate Area Managers and the Deputy Director: National Services for Change Mental Health.

The work includes: ensuring a robust quality framework is in place to support the best practices, developing and maintaining partnerships, line management and overseeing the rota system, leading on the roll-out and expansion of DBI Services and supporting the team during out-of-hours times.

These positions require someone with experience in project management, positive leadership, managing and motivating a large team, effective communication with external and internal stakeholders and working autonomously.

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 costs are met by the employer).

About the DBI project

Change Mental Health is the lead partner in Highland, Dumfries and Galloway and Argyll & Bute for the Scottish Government’s Distress Brief Intervention project (DBI). The DBI is a Scotland-wide 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 while working within the framework agreed upon with the Scottish Government and the DBI Programme Board.

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


  • 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
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