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Community Dietitian

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Either Cannock or Tamworth,
£27,055 to £32,934 a year £25,655 - £31,534
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 dietitian to join our Specialist Adult Dietetic Service covering South Staffordshire. This is an excellent opportunity to work within a friendly team in a dynamic NHS community setting and would be suitable for a newly qualified dietitian (or awaiting registration) or someone who already has some experience of working as a Band 5 dietitian.

Our team deliver a dietetic service for a wide variety of patients including nutrition support, home enteral feeding, diabetes, mental health, general dietetics and those with complex weight management needs. The post holder will have regular clinics and deliver group work with patients/training for staff, as well as having a caseload of patients in their own homes and nursing homes.

The successful candidate will receive regular clinical supervision as well as opportunities for CPD and personal development, including trust preceptorship program. This post will be based in Cannock or Tamworth with an element of working from home, but the ability to travel independently between venues across Staffordshire and carry equipment is essential to the role.

Main duties of the job

This is a dynamic post that requires the post holder to work within a well established community team, working closely with other dietetic teams and other professionals/agencies in addressing a range of care/support issues across the spectrum of conditions, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving the health and wellbeing of the population served.

The Specialist Adult Dietetic Team deliver services across the South of Staffordshire. This includes nutrition support, home enteral feeding, diabetes, general dietetics, mental health and those with complex weight management needs. This role offers a wide range of learning and development opportunities within a supportive team which includes training to allow easy transition from university to the NHS as required.

About us

Working for MPFTMPFT provides physical and mental health care, learning disability, and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin. In addition, we provide services on a wider regional and national basis. We serve a population of 1.5 million and employ around 8,500 members of staff.By joining MPFT you will become part of a diverse and inclusive team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:o putting people at the heart of what we doo empowering people to improve care and wellbeingo delivering better health, better care in partnershipWe are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals. All have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with usWe will support your career development and progression. Membership of the excellent NHS pension scheme, generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave, pay and the option for flexible working. You will receive up to 27 days annual leave (increasing to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.We are also proud to have a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To adhere to and apply the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) standards of proficiency and the British Dietetic Association (BDA)code of ethics and professional conduct and all other relevant guidance from the HCPC and the Partnership Trust.
  • To be professionally accountable and responsible for all aspects of own work.
  • To assess new service user referrals and care/support needs, using analysis of patients biochemistry, anthropometry, medical & dietary history and behaviour to plan specific dietary therapy interventions.
  • To formulate, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of treatment /care/support for individuals, families and carers. The care/support plans may include the following:
    • Promoting independence/self management and maintaining safety
    • Increased functional ability
    • Improvement in health and wellbeing including mental health
    • Develop and independently run dietetic therapy groups.
    • Interventions in disease/condition management
    • Prevention and reduction of health inequalities
    • Admission avoidance
    • Early supported discharge
    • Case management/ treatment/ care plans
    • Palliative and end of life care
  • To use professional knowledge and judgement to take into account the range of care/support packages and treatment options available. To consider each service users personal circumstances and preferences in order to implement and adjust programmes of care and intervention.
  • To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the service user and their carers offering reassurance and empathy. This may be in regard to the nature/prognosis of their condition and implications of this.
  • To work with individuals and carers who may find it difficult to engage with the service or aspects of the service resulting in uncooperative or challenging behaviour that has to be managed.
  • To use professional knowledge, skills and experience when working in changing environments and across professional boundaries.
  • To maintain contemporaneous and accurate records as required by the Partnership Trust and in line with professional standards (HCPC). This includes self management and supervision of identified team members, giving guidance and direction where appropriate.
  • To ensure that the skills of identified team members are appropriately deployed and that care is delivered by staff with the relevant education, experience and competence.
  • To deliver a high standard of intervention, whilst managing the demands of unplanned aspects of the role using innovative problem solving techniques where appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical support and leadership to identified team members likely to be dietetic assistants or practitioners.
  • To collect and input statistical information as required within agreed timescales.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • Dietetic Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of/willing to undertake post-registration training relevant to the post


  • Post Graduate qualification in Dietetics
  • Evidence of completing specialist short courses



  • Relevant experience/placements including assessment and management of dietetic interventions in long term conditions and disease
  • Ability to manage time and caseload effectively
  • Supporting service users, families and carers in dealing with clinical conditions and disability through diet and lifestyle such as in the treatment and prevention of malnutrition and obesity its related comorbidities
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of Community working
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation
  • Membership of relevant Specialist Interest Groups/Networks

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