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Specialist Mental Health Dietitian * NEW HIRE BONUS*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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�3000 - New Hire Bonus

The permanent posts are eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions

An exciting job opportunity has become available for a Band 6 Specialist Dietitian who has a passion for supporting those with mental health conditions in inpatients and community settings. The role is split equally across 2 mental health hospitals, Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge, The Cavell Centre in Peterborough and a mental health outpatient clinic.

The hospitals include specialist units such as learning disability, psychiatric intensive care, dementia, elderly, personality disorder, and low secure forensic units. The post holder will also provide a once weekly outpatient clinic for a range of nutritional concerns, following-up patients post discharge, and supporting referrals from the wider community mental health team.

You would be working as part of a multidisciplinary countywide team with a wealth of experience. There will be training provided but some knowledge of dietary factors in mental health would be of benefit.An essential requirement of the post is that the person is registered as a dietitian with the HCPC and is willing to travel. Band 5 progression will be considered.

Main duties of the job

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.
  • To deliver a specialist mental health role (adults and older people) in the Nutrition and Dietetic Service in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT).
  • To work as a dietetic practitioner within uni-professional and multi-professional team environments with regular supervision.
  • To assess and treat a case load of patients in line with the Model and Process for Dietetic Consultations and maintain associated records.
  • Deliver a high standard of dietetic car

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Provide a dietetic service to the adult and older people's mental health wards in Cambridge and Peterborough.
  • To take into account such factors as the clients presenting condition, past medical history, social factors and to nutritionally diagnose, give appropriate advice and formulate treatment plans when consulting with patients, relatives and carers.
  • If the service requires, to run group sessions for patients and or carers.To be a specialist topic lead (allocated by the team lead) and work with the team lead in the development and maintenance of clinical standards, guidelines, pathways and evidence based practice in Adult and Older People's Mental Health.
  • To support the Team Lead in development and delivery of new ways of working to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the service, while continually monitoring and evaluating progress.
  • To liaise with wider MDT and external providers to attain optimal patient outcome.
  • Advise on the safe and appropriate use of prescribed nutritional supplements for patients taking account of the influence they have on any wider physical health condition.
  • To develop and update written resources, for example diet sheets and patient advice leaflets.
  • Act as a point of reference on the dietetic management and treatment of patients for non-specialist colleagues and other health professionals, giving advice and supporting their clinical practice.
  • Provide training and updates about nutrition in in Mental Health and related issues to a wide range of audiences including colleagues, catering staff, health and social care staff, carers and clients when asked and appropriate to role.
  • To liaise with local hospitals to hand over care and receive care.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree Level Qualification in Dietetics recognised by the HCPC for registration as a dietitian working in the UK.
  • Strong CPD evidence in portfolio for ongoing maintenance of competencies


  • Student training qualifications



  • Relevant post registration experience.
  • Mental Health specific experience including management of long term conditions.
  • Multidisciplinary team working


  • Experience of research and Audit
  • Previous experience in mentoring and clinical supervision of dietetic colleagues.

Skills and Abilities


  • Strong communication skills and ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • Report writing skills using IT packages. E.g word, Powerpoint, outlook .


  • Previous use of Systm1 or equivalent IT system.

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Demonstrates an understanding of the significance of safeguarding issues and interprets this accurately for all adults and children.
  • Shows a realistic appreciation of the challenges of working with adults with complex medical needs.



  • Tailored application to post.
  • Flexibility to work outside core hours on occasion

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to travel across the County and sometimes at short notice.

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

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Sackville House

Sackville Way


CB23 6HL

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