Senior Community Dietitian (Nutrition Support) & Community Dietitian

Support 2 Recruit
North West England
£23-29K & £29-£36K + Benefits
13 Nov 2017
16 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 - Nutrition Support. Salary £29-36K (Ref NS)
- Community Dietitian - £23-29K (Ref CD)

Based: Manchester (covering Manchester City Council area)

Benefits include 33 day' 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 modern, newly-extended headquarters in Bolton, they operate from bases across Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, 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 experienced Dietitians to join their well-respected community nutrition support 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.

You will hold a caseload of patients who require oral nutrition support in the community. In the case of the Senior role, you will also provide clinical leadership to junior dietetic colleagues. With both roles, there will be the opportunity to gain experience in providing home enteral feeding support to patients within the service. You will also be heavily involved with service development and professional training programmes for external partners.

Duties and responsibilities include:-

- Planning and prioritising own clinical nutrition support caseload, to patients referred for a variety of reasons including gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology, diabetology, neurology and stroke, and terminally ill and palliative care patients.
- Providing dietetic assessment and treatment at the appropriate level, using specialist skills and knowledge to manage nutrition support.
- 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 as necessary.
- Contributing to clinical decisions regarding nutritional appropriateness of intensive nutritional treatments.
- 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.
- Corresponding with clinicians and GPs regarding appropriate nutritional treatment plans, prescriptions and investigations following dietetic assessment.
- Ability to adapt the dietetic treatment plans to the changing needs of patients.
- Using empathetic, motivational, negotiating, counselling and cognitive behavioural skills in formulating a plan, establishing a change, establishing a rapport with clients and working with barriers to understanding.
- 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. 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 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. For the Senior role, a teaching certificate or health education certificate would be an advantage, but is not essential.
- Registration with the HCPC and a member of the British Dietetic Association.
- Supervisory experience (for the Senior Dietitian role) would be an advantage.
- Experience working in acute and community dietetic posts, ideally working within an MDT setting. Experience of undertaking new patient assessment and treatment.
- Up to date clinical knowledge of nutrition support based on current dietetic best practice guidance. Knowledge of relevant NICE guidelines and British Dietetic Association Statement of Conduct.
- Knowledge of prescribable oral nutritional supplements, enteral feeds and other dietetic products. Understanding of mediations and drug nutrient interactions.
- 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 these posts 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 across the Manchester City Council area 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, stating which role you wish to apply for. Candidates who meet the above criteria will be contacted in confidence for further discussion.