Lead Specialist Dietitian
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The closing date is 04 June 2023
As a Lead Nutrition Support Dietitian, you will be innovative, have ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and will have an opportunity to implement service change and development to ensure services align with trust values and are fit for the future. The role provides leadership for our Newcastle community dietetic led, 'Oral Nutrition Support' Service. Within this you will provide dietetic care to malnourished patients. A particular focus of this role will be to support education to care home staff and the development of resources and treatment pathways for individuals experiencing nutritional difficulties in care homes.
You will also have well developed skills in organisation and team working, with the ability to work flexibly across community settings including care homes and patient's own homes. The post holder will have responsibility for direct supervisions, staff appraisals and will deputise (along with the other lead dietitians) for the community dietetic manager. Previous experience of successfully supporting individuals/ teams with staff/service development is required. Candidates should also have experience of supporting behaviour change, delivering staff education and the ability to use different counselling methods e.g. motivational interviewing.
- Interview Date 12/06/2023
- 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
Main duties of the job
- Development of treatment pathways in oral nutrition support.
- Facilitate team meetings in specialist area. Attend team and lead meetings
- Support staff education including in care homes
- Provide dietetic support to patients who are experiencing nutritional difficulties in care homes and at home (mostly oral nutrition support advice, also occasional requests from care home staff re dietary advice for other conditions e.g diabetes and weight management).
- Collate outcome data to help inform evaluation and need for services.
- Lead on future service development.
- Oversee staff supervisions, appraisals.
- Student training.
- Support provision of management cover to the community dietetics team, involves assisting with sickness monitoring, recruitment and being point of contact in managers absence.
As a lead you will be supported by the manager of the community dietetics team and head of service but will also be able to access valuable peer support from other community leads in diabetes and weight management as well as from the acute services provided by Newcastle Nutrition.
The post holder will join the community team, based in modern offices at Regent Point (Gosforth). You will be required to work at locations across Newcastle; therefore, a car driver with current driving licence is an essential requirement. Agile working is supported by issue of mobile kit (laptop, mobile phone). Newcastle Hospitals fully uses electronic patient records.
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.
Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.
We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.
Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.
11 May 2023
Agenda for change
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
317 Regent Point
Newcastle Nutrition is privileged to have good support from dietetic support workers/practitioners and administrative staff. As a lead dietitian you will be supported by the community dietetic manager and the head of dietetic services. Our department is committed to the provision of the full range of dietetic student practice placements. The successful candidate will be required to supervise students and support the organisation and delivery of student training placements within the community team. All dietitians within the service have established job plans and we actively encourage staff development as well as research / audit and continuing professional development opportunities.
- Provides a professional leadership role in specialist areas of dietetic practice, coaching and mentoring staff and students of any discipline.
- If appropriate to the job, role will provide day to day supervision of Dietetic Assistants, Bands 5 and 6 Dietitians.
- Provides highly specialist dietetic assessment, treatment, monitoring and management in one or more speciality areas of dietetics
- Acts as a source of expertise in dietetics practice locally, regionally and nationally.
- Acts as a source of expertise in nutrition support and dietetics to patients, consultants and other health care professionals.
- Delivers education and training with staff at all levels.
- Contributes to designing, planning and implementing research and audit and contributes to publishing results, working in interdisciplinary teams or with other health professionals.
- Works in close association with specialist nurses/other specialised healthcare professionals in named areas in order to deliver integrated services. This may include supplementary prescribing.
As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.
Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.
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Qualifications & Education
- Health and Care Professions Council registered Dietitian
- Degree in Dietetics or Science/Nutrition Degree plus Post-graduate Diploma in Dietetics
- Master degree in relevant area of practice or equivalent level of specialist dietetic experience and training
- Clinical Supervisory Skills Course and/or Teaching Certificate
- Valid driving licence, if relevant to the role
- Basic training in counselling and CBT
- Basic Food Hygiene
Knowledge & Experience
- Post registration experience in general clinical dietetics.
- Evidence of continuous professional development in a specialist area
- Evidence of developing in a specialist area and other areas of dietetic practice e.g. Supplementary Prescriber (Non-medical prescribing course V300).
- Evidence of participation in and contribution to the publication of research and audit
- Experience of training dietetic staff, students and other healthcare staff
- Evidence of initiating and publishing original research in one or more chosen areas
Skills & Abilities
- Standard keyboard skills
- Good interpersonal skills
Certificate of Sponsorship
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