Senior Community Dietitian, Enteral Feeding

Nicola Lamprell Ltd T/A Support 2 Recruit
£29-36K + Benefits
07 Oct 2017
07 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to work for a forward-thinking, people-centred organization, passionate about making a difference to communities across the north of England? Senior Community Dietitian - Enteral Feeding Based: Manchester (covering Manchester City Council area) Salary: £29-36K Benefits include 33 days' holidays, auto-enrolment pension scheme, mileage (at 30p per mile), staff discount scheme, employee assistance programme, flu vaccinations, paid volunteer day, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme & ongoing training / development opportunities Permanent Contract, 40 hours per week - part time & job share applications welcome. Our Client is a pioneering, privately owned community healthcare organisation supporting people in transforming their lifestyles through innovative wellbeing programmes. They have been working since 2009 on behalf of councils and CCGs to create a better life for their residents and patients, and are passionate about tackling health inequalities. With a modern, newly-extended headquarters in Bolton, they operate from bases across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire and Humberside providing everything from weight management, wellbeing, smoking cessation and ante-natal services to commercial OHS and education services. Our Client has grown substantially over the past year, and are now seeking an experienced Dietitian to join their well-respected community nutrition support and home enteral feeding team. You will be part of a small but expanding team of enthusiastic and friendly dietitians, dietetic assistants and administrative staff, and will liaise with a wider team of supportive health and community professionals. This fulfilling role will allow the post holder to develop effective, therapeutic relationships with patients and their carers to make lasting, positive changes to their nutritional status. The post holder will provide clinical leadership to junior dietetic colleagues as well as holding a caseload of home enteral feeding patients in clinics, their own homes and in care homes in Manchester who have been referred for a variety of conditions e.g. gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology, diabetology, neurology and stroke, terminally ill and palliative care patients. There will also be opportunities to provide oral nutrition support advice to patients referred to the service. You will also be highly involved with service development and professional training programmes for external partners. Duties and responsibilities include:- - Planning and prioritising own clinical nutrition support and HEF caseload. Providing dietetic assessment and treatment at a highly developed level, using specialist skills and knowledge to manage nutrition support and HEF caseload. - Providing high quality, nutritional and dietetic advice contributing to the care of patients, enabling them to make informed choices about their health and related behaviours to agree an individualised patient nutrition action / care plan. - Making clinical decisions, liaising with community and hospital nutrition support dietitians and feed company as necessary, about the appropriate and safe administration of enteral nutrition to the patient; making changes to the enteral regimen taking into account social situation and cost-effective prescribing. - Contributing to clinical decisions regarding nutritional appropriateness of intensive nutritional treatments, e.g. when dealing with referral for HEF for patients with Stroke, Neurological and Dementia. - Making clinical decisions concerning necessary changes to patients' dietary intake and oral nutritional supplement prescriptions, and communicate these decisions to other healthcare professionals as appropriate. - Liaison with other health professionals regarding the transfer of patients from home to hospital requiring dietetic follow-up, including malnourished and clinically ill patients requiring nutrition support. - Liaison with Acute Dietitians and out of area Dietitians to facilitate the safe transfer of appropriate patients onto the HEF caseload for continued monitoring and support by the Community Nutrition Support and HEF Dietitians. - Corresponding with clinicians and GPs regarding appropriate nutritional treatment plans, prescriptions and investigations following dietetic assessment. - Facilitating the ordering of enteral feeds and enteral feeding ancillaries in accordance with the agreed protocol for patients receiving HEF. - Monitoring the provision of appropriate HEF equipment to patients and promoting efficient and safe use of equipment within the service. - Providing specialist advise to GPs and other prescribers on the appropriate prescribing of nutritional supplements (including energy, protein, vitamin and mineral supplements) and medications to improve enteral feed tolerance, as well as advising on potential drug-nutrient interactions. - Obtaining informed consent from patients prior to the commencement of dietetic intervention and treatment. - Providing supervision and support to dietetic and other staff within the organisation. Â Work with the dietetic service lead and other dietetic team members to produce dietetic resources. - Continuing the development of training and teaching sessions concerning the identification, treatment and monitoring of malnutrition for health and community care staff. - Establishing links with Community Nutrition Support Dietitians in other trusts to promote sharing of good practice and evidence based research. Attend and actively participate in Community Nutrition Support and HEF Dietitians Team meetings. - Working within the framework of Clinical Governance to maintain and improve patient care, quality and efficiency. It is envisaged that suitable applicants will possess the following qualifications and experience:- - Education to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject area. A teaching certificate or health education certificate would be an advantage. - Registration with the HCPC and a member of the British Dietetic Association. - Varied experience working in dietetic acute and community settings, ideally working within an MDT setting. Experience of undertaking new patient assessment and treatment. - Previous involvement with patients who are enterally fed, and a good working knowledge of enteral feeding systems. - Up to date clinical knowledge of nutrition support and HEF based on current dietetic best practice guidance. Knowledge of relevant NICE guidelines and British Dietetic Association Statement of Conduct. - In-depth knowledge of prescribable oral nutritional supplements, enteral feeds and other dietetic products. Sound understanding of mediations and drug nutrient interactions. - Provision of supervision to other staff would be an advantage, but is not essential as long as teaching / supervisory skills on a one to one and group basis can be demonstrated. - Effective active listening and communication skills, able to relay sensitive and emotional information to patients, and a caring and compassionate nature. - Ability to write detailed reports and maintain accurate records. - Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and clinical caseload, cope with unpredictable workload patterns and remain calm under pressure. - Ability to travel independently across Manchester to deliver a dietetic service to patients in their own homes, care homes, day centres, clinics and other community settings. - Good basic IT literacy. The hours of work for this role are 40 per week Monday to Friday, core hours being 8.30am-5.00pm, however some flexibility on this is available and expected in return. The role is based from our Client's offices in Manchester, but you will be required to travel as detailed above for the performance of your duties. Please note that this role will also be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Interested? Please send your CV using the link provided. Candidates who meet the above criteria will be contacted in confidence for further discussion.
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