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Specialist Dietatian

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
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Job summary

Specialist Dietitian

ELFT is recruiting a Specialist Dietitian to join the Forensics team. The post-holder will join other Dietitians in the Forensics setting to collaborate to deliver the strategic and clinical workstreams, including service development and quality improvement projects, clinical input for complex cases, and supervision for junior staff. Working closely both with the Forensics professionals and the wider ELFT Dietitians, there is a strong emphasis on continued professional development and peer support throughout the trust. We hope to offer this exciting, novel post to an ambitious Dietitian who wants to broaden their skill set and address dietary health inequalities in this field.

Main duties of the job

  • Complete full assessment of patient's nutritional status, using appropriate anthropometric, biochemical and medical records and identify their nutritional requirements.
  • Devise core and specialist nutritional treatment plans e.g. diabetes, weight reducing, food intolerance, disordered eating and dysphagia.Collaborating closely with colleagues to manage medical risk, which may be severe.
  • Implement specialist group and individual treatments to achieve treatment goals
  • Communicate with patients, using the most appropriate verbal, written or pictorial method, in a way that respects their view, autonomy and culture.
  • Translate key nutritional messages into simple ideas and language that can be easily understood by the client group.
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the clinical team and share information with the team members formally and informally.
  • Ensure the menu meets the cultural, religious and health needs of all our client groups.
  • Ensure that the food choices meet National Nutritional Standards
  • Undertakes administrative tasks in relation to own work.
  • Uses Microsoft Office applications on a daily basis.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • BSc in Dietetics
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Membership of BDA
  • Recognised qualifications in specialist areas relevant to the role


  • Clinical Supervisory Skills training.
  • Quality improvement training
  • Masters in a relevant subject or evidence of significant postgraduate study



  • Significant post-qualification experience as a Dietitian
  • Post qualification experience working with learning disabilities / ASD / mental health
  • Experience in design and delivery of training
  • Substantial experience working within MDT teams


  • Experience working in forensic / locked settings
  • Experience participating in Quality Improvement projects
  • Participation in research / development

Knowledge and Skills


  • Good understanding of national strategy, guidance and key standards in own specialist area and their application in practice
  • Specialist clinical knowledge in own area, particularly Dietetics management
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Clearly articulate the role of the Dietetics Service to wide and diverse range of people.
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision.
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings


  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • Research and Development Methodology
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and their application in practice.

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