Primary Care Dietitian

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a.
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Dorset Healthcare is working in partnership with Poole Central Primary Care Network (PCN). The PCN is looking for a Dietitian with a broad range of skills and clinical experience with a particular interest in obesity and gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS.

This is a chance to develop leadership and service development skills to assist the PCN to develop effective and successful models of care across the system. The role is full time but part time/job share will also be considered.

As an experienced and highly skilled Dietitian you will need to demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to be flexible and adaptable to a developing agenda in primary care.

You should have an understanding of Population Health Management to enable the PCN to see how this dietetic role can be used to maximum effect for its patient population. You would work with key members of the Primary care team to establish services that complement mainstream service provision and address the local need.

Working in primary care it is expected that you will build strong partnerships with acute, community and local authority services. Connections with specialist dietetic services within the county, will aid your own CPD but also to ensure that you are linked to established patient pathways and are well placed to signpost to existing services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as a highly autonomous practitioner, often acting as a first contact practitioner within a primary care multi-professional team.

To improve the patient experience of access and waiting times

To use their competencies to manage parts of the primary care workload and save GP time, with a focus on weight management and GI conditions.

Improve the quality of care and implement NHS Long Term plan goals.

To manage change, to monitor and improve standards through supervision, evidence based practice, clinical audit, research and education. To promote and demonstrate best practice by integrating evidence into practice

Provide training to the wider multidisciplinary primary care team to raise nutritional awareness and promote the benefits of dietetic services with respect to a wide range of diet-related conditions within the PCN.

The post holder will be willing to work flexibly across seven days if required including weekends and bank holidays.

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.

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Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Degree or equivalent in Nutrition and Dietetics leading to
  • HCPC Registration as a Dietitian
  • Membership of the British Dietetic Association
  • Knowledge and understanding of Primary Care Strategy relevant to role


  • Non-Medical Prescriber (if professionally appropriate)

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience at Registered Practitioner Band 6 level or above
  • Able to demonstrate specialist expertise and wide ranging knowledge underpinned by theory acquired through CPD in relation to clinical assessment, treatment and evaluation.
  • Evidence of risk management skills and experience.
  • Evidence of involvement in meeting relevant clinical governance objectives.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.


  • Able to demonstrate publication, presentations and personal research at local and regional events.
  • Evidence of involvement in research

Personal Qualities/ Attributes


  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities.
  • Able to analyse and assess situations and to interpret potentially conflicting situations and determine appropriate action, where there is a range of options and judgement is required.
  • Able to work independently within sphere of authority
  • Able to adapt to a changing environment and changing priorities.

Additional Requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively.

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

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Sentinel House

Nuffield Road


BH17 0RB

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