The Scottish Government has established a national DBI Programme Board and a DBI central team has also been set up by the host organisation to oversee the implementation of the pilot programme.

Each of the four partnership sites have also established DBI Implementation Boards. This structure will ensure that key stakeholders are involved and that local provision is embedded and connected with, and respectful of, related and complimentary programmes.

To evaluate the effectiveness of the approach, the Scottish Government has commissioned an independent evaluation, informed by an evaluability assessment completed by NHS Health Scotland. [1]

Training programme:

The University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health & Wellbeing is also leading a systematic programme of developing the DBI and supportive training in preparation for the implementation phase commencing in June 2017.

The DBI package and training programme will be in place for a very controlled implementation in Lanarkshire beginning in June 2017, with incremental up scaling across all four partnership sites from October 2017 in preparation for full implementation in April 2018.

Staff involvement:

The DBI Implementation Boards in each of the four partnerships sites will work closely with those involved to ensure the programme is implemented respectful of competing demands and harnessing the opportunities that DBI brings. During the development phase the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health & Wellbeing is leading the development of the DBI and training package. This will see interviews and/or focus groups with staff and some individuals with experience of distress. Staff are being asked to fully engage with the University team when opportunities present.

Planning for the implementation phase, which will include the ‘roll out’ of training, will be progressing over the coming year through dialogue with front-line services in the pilot areas. Local discussions will also be progressed to embed the DBI pathway within a local compassionate, connected and collaborative infrastructure.