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5 Leamington Terrace, EH10 4JW
£24,374 - £25,687 per year
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37.5 hours per week
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Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioner

Location: Edinburgh GP’s DBI

Salary: £24,374 - £25,687 per annum (£12.50 - £13.17 p/h equivalent)

Full time – Fixed Term until July 2025

If you are looking for a rewarding career and to work within an epic team that will help you grow and thrive, then you have come to the right place. Working within our Edinburgh GP’s DBI service you can start your day knowing what you do really does make a difference!

Service Description

The Scottish Government (SG) is focused on improving responses to people in distress. The DBI programme emerged through direct engagement with citizens who have experienced distress, front-line service providers and literature review. The SG established the DBI programme, which is hosted and led by South & North Lanarkshire H&SCP’s, via a DBI Central Team and has been tested, developed and continuously improved in Aberdeen, Inverness, North and South Lanarkshire and Scottish Borders. Many other parts of Scotland are engaged with DBI through the associate programmes, benefiting from the knowledge, infrastructure and tools developed including to support of the effective delivery of the DBI COVID 19 response programme.

Since 2017 the programme has been building a large and far reaching national and regional distress collaboration between health and social care, emergency services (Primary Care, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Emergency Departments) and third sector, putting citizens at the centre, providing early intervention, reducing duplication, increasing efficiency and improving outcomes and experience for people experiencing distress and those providing support.

A clear vision of connected, compassionate support has cultivated an ethos of collaboration. The de-medicalisation of distress and focus on people as citizens enables a sense of ownership and inclusion with compassion defined as “a sensitivity to distress together with the commitment, courage and wisdom to do something about it”. This underpins a shared commitment to collective action.

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, towards the shared goal of providing a compassionate and effective response to people in distress improving experience and outcomes for those experiencing distress and those providing support.

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the further development of the DBI approach across Scotland, which has widely been recognised as innovative and pioneering.

We are part of a new approach to DBI, working in partnership with Edinburgh GPs to support people experiencing distress. Initially we will be providing a telephone/video support service for people to the people of Edinburgh. The service receives referrals from Edinburgh GP practices, (DBI Level 1). The service (DBI Level 2) then respond by contacting the referred person within 24 hours to discuss their particular issues and the support that can be provided. Support is available for up to 14 days from first contact. Specific training will be given to all staff providing this service to ensure we provide a consistent, connected, compassionate approach.

We can offer you a tonne of employee benefits, and we can promise you’ll be inspired by some pretty amazing humans every single day. We will support you on your own career path; developing new skills, accessing formal and informal learning experiences and providing opportunities to put your continual progress into practice.

For more information, including full job description and application/interview guidance, please download our recruitment pack.

We cannot consider CV’s – all applications should go through the application process on our website. Only applications completed through our website will be considered. If you are unable to complete an online application, please contact us at and we can arrange for a paper copy to be sent out to you.

Please note that unfortunately we cannot offer visa sponsorship. We can only accept applications from applicants who currently have the legal right to work in the UK, or applicants who have already have an application in progress to obtain the legal right to work in the UK.

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