PCN Dietitian

Primary Integrated Community Services


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Job summary

Arnold and Calverton Primary Care Network (PCN) is seeking a Dietitian to work part-time to provide clinical dietetic leadership and development, specifically to those who are in care homes. You must have the relevant experience, knowledge, and skills to be able to work autonomously and make sound clinical decisions.

PICS are supporting our Dietitians to develop their skills and knowledge in line with (the FCP Roadmap/ First Contact Practitioners & Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care (Dietitian): A Roadmap to Practice/PICS competencies.

You will be based within Arnold and Calverton PCN covering:

  • The Calverton Practice
  • Stenhouse Medical Centre
  • Highcroft Surgery

Arnold and Calverton PCN has a patient population in between 30-50,000. You will be part of a wider team of Dietitians and supported by our Medical Director who is on the PICS leadership team.

Main duties of the job


  • Provide an enhanced dietetic service
  • Make dietetic advice readily available
  • Improve patient follow-up in the community


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

About us

Benefits of working for PICS

We offer a comprehensive package which includes:

  • Part of a team of experienced practitioners and supported by a Medical Director who will help support your professional development
  • Part of the NHS Pension Scheme or an alternative government-based scheme (based on eligibility) with generous employer contributions
  • Competitive salaries with clear progression pathways – referenced to NHS Agenda for Change
  • Fully integrated with NHS IT systems
  • Generous annual leave entitlement which references NHS Agenda for Change and recognises previous NHS service
  • On appointment – 27 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
  • After 5 years – 29 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
  • After 10 years – 33 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
  • Competitive leave entitlement that includes sickness pay and maternity leave
  • Join a caring culture and a company of can-do experts

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • The post holder will be responsible for the clinical dietetic leadership and development. They will facilitate the implementation and evaluation of novel nutritional pathways for patients within the Primary Care Network (PCN). They will provide specialist nutritional assessment, advice, and product prescribing / de-prescribing as part of a multi-disciplinary team service to patients, their families, and carers across the health community.
  • The post holder will be a key constituent of the Care Home MDT and will provide dietetic support to care home residents and training to staff.
  • The post holder will support the learning and education of healthcare professionals in the PCN and practices working closely with the Care Home MDT and Community teams.
  • The successful applicant will also support the PCN member practices in the prescribing and monitoring of all nutritional products including enteral feeds and gluten free foods across Nottingham North and East Primary Care Networks and will work closely with their dietetic colleagues employed in other settings.



The post holder, working closely with existing community dieticians, PCN and Community staff and practices will:

  • Provide an enhanced dietetic service to the frail patients, specifically those in care homes or complex chronic health conditions.
  • Ensure health care professionals are supported with local APC/National guidelines on ONS.
  • Make dietetic advice readily available.
  • Promote appropriate prescribing of oral nutritional supplements in line with local APC.
  • Improve patient follow-up in the community.
  • Encourage the use of MUST risk screening and food first within care homes.
  • Develop and deliver nutrition teaching programmes to care homes.
  • Encourage the use of MUST pathway to support early intervention/care for those at risk of malnutrition.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Support the PCN team by inputting into the overall strategy development and programming of work streams by applying expert knowledge and understanding of programme and project management.
  • Support and work with the CCG Medicines Management team and PCN Clinical Pharmacists to support cost effective use of nutritional products.
  • Plan programmes or work and ensure regular monitoring to enable progress to be assessed, resolving issues, and initiating corrective actions as necessary.
  • Communicate with all stakeholders.
  • Manage and track all issues, risks, and quality specifications. Escalate in a timely manner to the appropriate party when unable to resolve.
  • Make effective use of staff within CCG, PCN and practices to provide the necessary support to delivery.
  • Have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience to actively promote diversity and equality of opportunity, treat everyone with dignity and respect and avoid unlawful discrimination.
  • Contribute to performance improvement, taking a lead for identified areas where agreed.
  • Provide coordination of and participate in relevant internal and external working groups and provide project advice, expertise, and support, where requested
  • Provide relevant and timely specialist advice and guidance on own portfolio of projects/function
  • Work with members of the team to investigate the causes of any variance from target/plan and proactively contribute to the implementation of solutions.
  • Management of a risk and issues tracking mechanism and its proactive resolution and escalation processes.
  • Complete mandatory training,
  • Complete safeguarding reporting and significant event reporting as they arise.
  • Exercise autonomous professional responsibility for advice relating to the nutritional needs of patients in the community.
  • Provide dietetic assessment and care plans to patients in a variety of settings (GP practice, care home, patients own home, clinic) by way of face to face, video and telephone consultations.
  • Analyse and interpret information from a variety of sources regarding individual patients including biochemistry, medication, and clinical condition in order to provide best advice to other healthcare professionals.
  • To support the identification of non-nutritional causes of weight loss and refer onwards as needed.
  • Make recommendations and inform other dietetic colleagues, health care professionals and external agencies including GPs of issues concerning patients’ nutritional and dietetic management or transfer of care as appropriate, to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Identify and maintain a caseload.
  • To communicate complex nutrition and dietetic information in an understandable form to healthcare staff, patients and carers using negotiation, persuasion, motivation, and counselling skills. This may include situations where there are barriers to understanding.
  • To advise on nutritional issues with respect to catering for people in care homes to ensure nutritional needs are met, minimising the need for nutritional products.
  • Use clinical systems for record keeping, audit and maintaining a caseload.
  • Develop and implement data collection systems that will provide accurate and timely data.
  • Maintain confidentiality

Professional Development / Personal Performance:

  • Identify learning needs, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of education to meet identified need.
  • Establish own support mechanisms to enable structured reflection, including clinical supervision, development of supportive networks mentoring and coaching.
  • Participate in and undertake clinical supervision of colleagues on an individual or group
  • Participate in the Divisional appraisal System and demonstrate the achievement of agreed personal objectives.

Please download the supporting documentation for full role details and to support your application.

Person Specification



  • Please provide details of your CPD, using examples where necessary.
  • Please provide your registration number of your HCPC professional registration.



  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your experience is suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

Knowledge and skills


  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your knowledge and skills are suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

Personal qualities


  • Please provide details for why you would be a great fit for this role and why you have decided to apply.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Primary Integrated Community Services


Arnold and Calverton PCN



Employer's website

http://picsnhs.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

25 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7





Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Arnold and Calverton PCN



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