Specialist Primary Care Dietitian

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive registered dietician to join our team delivering innovative dietetic services to the community.

No two days will be the same; you will have patient contact, be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, assessing both health and social needs through holistic problem solving and you will have the opportunity to shape the service you deliver.

The post holder will be expected to provide high-quality care, knowledge, and skills in the treatment of patients in a Primary Care setting in relation to specific diagnostic and assessment methods, to inform nutrition related queries and dietary management plans.

Prospective candidates should be efficient, enthusiastic and confident to work autonomously within a supportive team and their sphere of competence. They should have excellent communication skills, as the job will involve liaising with social care, clinical and community teams as well as patients and their carers.

You will be given the opportunity to work in a range of specialist areas and for the suitable candidate, you will have the opportunity to upskill and demonstrate additional skills that will assist with the holistic assessment to improve patient outcomes.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of the Brent Health Matters team is to work directly with local GP's, the local communities, its community leaders, and statutory services, to engage with those people that have difficulty with accessing health services.

You will provide clinical nutrition & dietetic services within the community (including GP and domiciliary visits to patients in their own home). The post holder will have their own caseload of patients with long term conditions and/or requiring weight management. Working closely with colleagues in the Brent Health Matters service based at Sudbury Primary Care Centre or at different locations, you will provide dietetic advice to patients referred by local GPs or identified through clinical staff interventions. Many of these patients will be hard-to-reach and would require flexibility in terms of access to routes and motivational techniques to improve patient participation.

About us

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster - and Hertfordshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To support the services Senior Primary Care dietician, in providing face-to-face and virtual dietetic interventions, including appropriate dietary assessment and treatment within GP clinics, the patient's own homes (domiciliary service) or at community events held within Brent, ensuring full compliance with Covid- 19 restrictions and PPE requirements.
  • To be responsible for own specialist caseload of clients who have long term conditions and/or require weight management and to maintain associated clinical records.
  • To provide appropriate advice to medical practitioners on the appropriate prescribing of dietary-related medication and other requirements.
  • To upskill and demonstrate a variety of basic nursing skills that may assist with the holistic assessment of a patient.
  • To use specific diagnostic and assessment methods (eg anthropometric measurements, biochemistry data and dietary assessments) to inform nutrition related diagnosis and dietary management goals.
  • To apply developing communication, negotiation and counselling skills to empower patients to achieve long term lifestyle and behavioural changes taking into account emotional, physical, social and psychological barriers as well as strong influences on change e.g. depression, dementia, language difficulties, resistant attitudes, aggression, behavioural problems, and mental illness.
  • To provide health promotion events within the local community, ensuring that information provided is evidence-based and relevant to the patient group.
  • To discuss complex ethical issues with service users and health professionals.
  • To effectively use interpreters, sign language, information technology or other means of communication appropriate to the client's requirements.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary / multi-agency collaborative working to promote continuity of care and represent dietetics at multi-disciplinary team meetings and case conferences.
  • To use clinical judgement to refer patients to other services and professionals when appropriate.
  • To be responsible for complying with legal and professional confidentiality guidelines at all times.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Degree or postgraduate diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Membership of British Dietetic Association
  • Member of Special Interest Group relevant to this post
  • Post graduate qualification in dietetic related field (eg health promotion, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).



  • Significant post-registration experience in a range of clinical areas of dietetics
  • Experience in managing patients with nutrition-related conditions such as diabetes and obesity (including patients with mental health needs or learning disabilities)
  • Experience in training / teaching healthcare professionals and patients
  • Experience in contributing to policy, procedures, guidelines and clinical standards developments within the service


  • Experience of providing health promotion sessions to patient groups
  • Experience of working in the community setting
  • Experience in supervising the work of others
  • Experience of using SystmOne, RiO, EMIS Web or similar systems

Skills and Knowledge


  • Advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of clients with nutrition related disease
  • Ability to apply dietetic skills across a range of clinical conditions
  • Knowledge of food habits encountered in different BME groups
  • Ability to deliver presentations/education sessions to health professionals & the public
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a professional team
  • Ability to reflect and appraise own practice
  • Ability to problem-solve, prioritise and demonstrate clinical reasoning
  • Good communication & report writing skills, in written & verbal format
  • Excellent IT skills - including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel & ability to research information using the internet
  • Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities, including the ability to work with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds


  • Able to communicate in a second language (in addition to English)

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