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Community Dietitian

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

'Are you ready for your next challenge? We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and confident dietitian who can work independently as well as being part of our team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a full time worker for this permanent community role based in Bournemouth. You will be working with adults and children in a variety of settings including GP surgeries, Care Homes, Community Hospitals and in people's own homes. You will be dealing with a variety of conditions including overweight, malnutrition, IBS, food allergy/intolerance, disordered eating and selective eaters. You will be helping to train student dietitians to support the future workforce.

You will be liaising with staff across health and social care services. You may have to attend safeguarding conferences, professionals meetings and team around the child or family meetings.

There will be opportunities to train other professionals in areas such as malnutrition and overweight.

You will be responsible for taking the lead for the department in a specialist area of interest. Training will be offered if required.

The team are friendly and supportive and have regular meetings and supervision. There are also plenty of opportunities for training to ensure you keep up to date for your HCPC registration.

We have 10 dietitians and 4 dietetic assistants plus secretarial support.'

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for a clinical caseload to out-patient clinics in different settings, domiciliary visits and input to care and learning disability homes.

To act as a source of expertise in nutrition and diet therapy advising medical staff and other health professionals. To provide training for health care and non-health care staff.

To be involved in supporting the dietetic assistants within the team with their professional development. Line manage one of the dietetic assistants if required. Contribute to service development, evidence based resources and taking the lead for the department in an area of special interest.

To follow the Trust's policies on safeguarding and to attend training as necessary. To take part in CPD and practice supervision in line with trust policies. Support student dietitians on their placements

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Knowledge,Skills and Training


  • BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • HCPC Registered


  • Post registration training to masters level e.g. Advanced Diploma in Dietetics, PENG, Specialist Interest Group module e.g. diabetes, NAGE, Paediatrics, teaching qualification.

Job Specific Experience


  • Wide range of post registration dietetic experience e.g. diabetes, oncology, basic paediatrics, enteral feeding
  • Ability to use clinical judgement and clinical reasoning skills in assessing and evaluating complex patient information.
  • Ability to work with patients with complex communication needs and/or barriers to communication and understanding.
  • Understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults/child protection procedures


  • Ability to work with children and their parents/carers to assess and advise on common nutritional problems

Managerial/Supervisory experience


  • Experience of supervising student dietitians


  • Experience of supporting the professional development of others

Information Technology


  • Basic IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training OR Demonstrable experience of using word processing , spreadsheet, database and or presentation software to RSA II/lll or equivalent standard.
  • Confident in the use of dietary analysis software packages.

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