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Specialist Dietitian

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, forward-thinking Dietitian with excellent communication and team working skills to join the Kirklees Learning Disabilities Health Team

This is an opportunity for a Band 5 with post qualification experience who has completed preceptorship to join the service to undertake a development plan with the aim of developing the required competencies for a band 6 post. The candidate would need to successfully complete the competency framework before they gain the band 6 and this would not be achieved due to length of time in post.

You would join our well-established team and be working in a range of community settings to support the assessment and delivery of high-quality therapeutic interventions to address the nutritional and dietary needs of service users. Focusing particularly on nutrition support, diabetes, weight management and other specialist areas of dietetics that arise.

The full MDT works together to enable service users reach their optimal potential and remain well in their communities. This will require management of a clinical caseload and close liaison with other agencies.

Experience in learning disabilities/mental health is desirable.

We provide regular appraisals, management, and clinical supervision from experienced band 7 Dietitians and from the wider professional Network across the Trust with an emphasis on evidence-based and innovative practice.

Contact: Neil Leppard 07881 838127

Main duties of the job

You will demonstrate a positive attitude and manage a clinical caseload within the service that is responsive to service user needs.

You will be a specialist source of advice and expertise, in the management of the nutritional wellbeing of service users, such as nutritional support, food allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, weight management.

Provide a clinical and educational community dietetic service, contribute to implementation of the Trust's Nutrition Policy, and update and implement service standards.

You will be putting research into practice and Links and support/supervision will be available from the Dietetic Network for this specialist area as required.

You will benefit from clinical supervision and the professional leadership of the Dietetic Network across the Trust.

As part of the Dietetic network, you will be able to contribute to student training.

You will undertake an MDT interdisciplinary approach in the Kirklees locality, to improve service user outcomes and ensure delivery of a co-ordinated service through interpretation/application of local and national guidance.

The post is fully agile laptop/smartphone provided for base and home working.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.


Job Purpose

1. Assess patients, develop care plans, advise and monitor patients progress for a range of conditions in inpatient and outpatient settings.

2. To be responsible for advice to staff, patients and carers

Core Duties & repsonsibilities


1. To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own work including the management of patients in your care

2. To undertake clinical assessment and treatment of own caseload of patients including calculation of individual diets and enteral feeding regimens where appropriate

3. Monitor and review individual treatment plans as required according to patients clinical condition to provide the most effective and efficient outcomes for patients.

4. Organise, produce, deliver and evaluate training on nutrition and dietetics related issues other health service staff and patients and carers

5. To communicate effectively with patients carers, members of the multidisciplinary team and other agencies to achieve patient centred goals

6. To produce and update dietetic/nutritional teaching materials and therapeutic diet sheets.


1. To be responsible for maintaining own professional development through a variety of CPD activities and reflective practice

2. To assist senior clinicians with the supervision, training and induction of student dietitians, dietetic assistants and newly appointed staff when necessary

3. To contribute to audit and development and implementation of clinical standards/policies/outcome measures within the department.

4. Respond to nutritional queries from other health professionals and the general public.

5. To keep accurate and comprehensive records in accordance with trust and dietetic department standards, including computer based data entry.

6. To adhere to Trust and dietetic department standards/policies and procedures. Including Trust and area specific appraisal and clinical supervision

7. To ensure that equipment such as enteral feeding pumps is used safely by staff, patients and carers.

8. Work closely with immediate dietetic colleagues and team leader to provide a comprehensive and cohesive dietetic service.

9. Develop and maintain links with other Dietitians, through local, regional and national networks.

10. To work collaboratively with service users, catering staff and facilities monitoring co-ordinators to ensure that menus meet the nutritional, cultural and ethical needs of service users.

11. The post holder holder is expected to cover the duties of colleagues in posts within the range of the post holders knowledge and skills.

For full Job Description please see attached in Supporting Documents (Band 6 Job Description attached for reference)

Person Specification

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Can communicate specialist dietetic information in an understandable form to patients and carers on a one to one or group basis, and in written form.
  • Can demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work effectively as part of dietetic and multidisciplinary team.
  • Skilled in counselling and behaviour change techniques.
  • Able to assess and treat patients requiring dietetic intervention and to monitor and adapt dietetic treatment as appropriate.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft PowerPoint internet and Word.


  • Presentation/teaching skills.
  • Audit skills.

Personal Attributes


  • Demonstrate commitment to professional and personal development. Able to reflect on clinical practice to enhance competency.
  • Able to work independently and using own initiative
  • Use time management skills to effectively organise, prioritise and manage a demanding caseload that may be subject to unforeseen changes.
  • Able to make informed clinical and non-clinical decisions under pressure.
  • Confident, enthusiastic, committed and displays proactive approach.
  • Adaptable and flexible around working times and practices including evening and weekend work where necessary.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to role.


  • Member of British Dietetic Association



  • Experience of working in a therapy setting across the health community (inpatients and outpatients)


  • Experience of training student dieticians



  • Demonstrate a willingness to undertake training as relevant to the role


  • Appropriate membership to specialist dietetic interest group/s.
  • Behaviour change training level 1.
  • Clinical supervisory skills course.



  • BSc/MSc or Post-graduate Diploma in Dietetics
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


  • Evidence of other post-registration education and training

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


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8 Fox View, Off Halifax Road


WF13 4AD

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