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Specialist Eating Disorders Dietitian

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated Specialist Dietitian who has an interest in working in a Community Adult Eating Disorder Service. This role is part of the current transformation programme across mental health services within Essex. The post will focus on provision in the north team across west, mid and north east Essex. However, we are a Trustwide service and the postholder will be expected to work in other locations in the Trust as required.

The post holder will provide specialist dietetic input to adults with eating disorders in the community and in Day Care, including in the FREED pathway. It will involve working with service users and multidisciplinary team members to identify and address the complex psychological and social factors that affect the dietary treatment, thus enabling long term/permanent lifestyle changes.

Managing severely underweight patients with Anorexia Nervosa that are at risk of refeeding syndrome whilst in an Acute setting will require collaborative liaison work with the acute trusts.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team in delivering services working flexibly where appropriate and operationally required.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the EPUT Eating Disorders Nutrition and Dietetics provision for the north team of the Community Adult Eating Disorder Service.
  • To provide specialist dietetic assessment, diagnosis and treatment programmes to individual service users with a variety of complex dietetic needs within the community (including FREED and Day Care) eating disorders pathway.
  • To provide expert nutritional advice, signposting, guidance and information to health and social care professionals, clients, carers, relatives or other non-professional contacts to ensure care is delivered in accordance with evidence-based practice.
  • To assess, plan, implement and evaluate specialised dietetic interventions for people with Eating Disorders in community and inpatient settings.
  • Formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes based on specialist knowledge, evidence-based practise, national and local guidelines using profession-specific clinical skills and techniques (eg 1:1's, group activities, patient education, carer education).
  • To manage complex and challenging caseloads and be able to appropriately prioritise by need.
  • To provide complex dietary support with a challenging patient population.
  • To be instrumental in developing the Eating Disorders Dietetic Service in line with the Service vision and best evidence-based practice.

  • About us

    EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
    • Season Ticket Loans
    • NHS discounts for staff
    • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
    • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
    • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
    • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
    • Day One Flexible Employer

    The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

    Join our Staff bank

    What is Staff Bank?

    Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

    All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

    If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To provide liaison support with Acute Trusts where ED patients are being managed medically and Psychiatric beds where ED patients are being managed for co morbid diagnoses.
  • The most challenging aspects of this role will be the complex patient population and working towards keeping them safe and progressing with recovery whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries and working within scope of practice.
  • To be an autonomous practitioner being professionally accountable for own clinical caseload and working without direct supervision in a variety of community settings.
  • To interpret clinical and non-clinical information using clinical reasoning skills to accurately diagnose and develop specific treatment plans.
  • Provide specialist advice to other professionals or single assessments to meet clients holistic care needs.
  • Negotiate with clients and carers to identify and formulate client centred goals and demonstrate ongoing evaluation of client progress using agreed outcome measures.
  • Contribute to the clinical discharge planning process and onward referral as required.
  • Prioritise urgent or unexpected or planned referrals, adjusting caseloads and allocations to meet revised needs.
  • To provide specialist teaching and supervision where required to other professionals.
  • To support less experienced staff, students and colleagues to provide the best possible experience for service users, carers and families
  • Develop own and others skills, knowledge, expertise, ensuring continuous professional development (e.g. in-service training, workshops, shadowing, 1:1, training courses, peer facilitation) when relevant and appropriate to the needs of the service and funding.
  • To maintain accurate patient clinical records and statistics according to Trust policy and professional guidelines.
  • To be an active member of the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).
  • To work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, clients, family and carers and other relevant agencies.
  • To be current with all mandatory training and seek out opportunities for continuing professional development.

  • Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • BSc. or MSc. in Dietetics OR BSc. in relevant science & Post Graduate Diploma or MSc. in Dietetics
    • HCPC registration


    • Registered member of the British Dietetic Association



    • Knowledge of Clinical application of dietetic knowledge to eating disorders clinical population
    • Knowledge of the MEED framework for managing those most at risk with eating disorders
    • Evidence of contribution to clinical education and in-service training of less experienced staff/students and assistants.
    • Understanding of clinical effectiveness and its implications for services including experience of quality issues, audit and evidence based practice
    • Knowledge of the risks and management of refeeding syndrome as it might apply to this patient group


    • Awareness of psychological treatment approaches such as MANTRA



    • Substantial post qualification clinical dietetic experience in an acute hospital or community setting
    • Significant experience of working with people with Eating Disorders
    • Experience of and commitment to multi-disciplinary team working
    • Experience of supervision of students and assistants
    • Experience of delivering MDT Eating Disorder dietetic training both internally and externally


    • Experience of running groups

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    Northgate Centre

    North Station Road


    CO1 1RB

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