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Specialist Dietitian

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated Band 6 Specialist Dietitian who has an interest in working with adults and young people with a wide range of mental health conditions, learning disabilities and/or neurological conditions.

This is a permanent position and you will join our well-established dietetic team at CNTW. Initially you will work into Walkergate Park, in Newcastle alongside an experienced advanced dietitian for approximately 6 to 9 months.

The multidisciplinary team at Walkergate Park have extensive experience and expertise in managing physical disabilities, neurobehavioural, neuropsychological, and neuropsychiatric problems. This fully comprehensive service is delivered from state-of-the-art premises, purpose designed for modern rehabilitation practice, in the North East of England. The centre provides high quality rehabilitation services on an inpatient, outpatient, day patient or community basis.

After this period, you will then have the opportunity to develop your skills in other dietetic areas within the Trust, these opportunities will be discussed with you and form part of your personal development plan.

Main duties of the job

Full support will be provided by an experienced band 7 Advanced Dietitian and other band 6 Specialist Dietitians. Staff are actively encouraged to take part in the development of the Dietetics service within the Trust including audit and promotion of the service through various events and initiatives. We offer excellent training opportunities to provide you with the skills you need to do your role.

You will take a lead role in the specialist dietetic assessment, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and management of patients in the clinical setting.

You will act as a source of expertise in nutrition support and dietetics to patients, consultants, medical staff, other health care professionals, carers and relatives.

You will have the opportunity to work as part of multi-disciplinary teams and develop the skills and knowledge to deliver dietetic input within inpatient, community and specialist services to provide excellent, high quality treatment and care. This post will provide experience and development in a number of clinical areas, such as nutrition support, weight management, dysphagia, dementia, diabetes and eating disorders, over a number of specialist services.

About us

You will join our expanding trust wide Dietetics Service, which has 31 Dietitians, an Assistant Practitioner and Clinical Support Assistants with excellent links to multidisciplinary teams and nutrition and health promotion initiatives across the Trust. We take great pride in how supportive, welcoming and friendly we are as a team, our aim is to create an environment where every member of our team can succeed.

The team have strong links with local universities, and we take dietetic students from Teesside and Newcastle Universities. All staff have a valuable role and are expected to be actively involved in supporting the learning and development of our dietetic students'.

The post will require travelling to various sites, parking in our Trust car parks is free. There are hot desking offices available for Dietitians to use across the Trust and we will provide you with a laptop and Smart phone to enable you to work across multiple sites and access our electronic notes and dairies as needed.

The Trust aims to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS, now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a long term and rewarding career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the separate job description and person specification for more information.

It is essential you have current and ongoing registration as a Dietitian with the HCPC to be considered for this post.

Part time or flexible hours will be considered.

Advertising date : 9th November 2023

Closing date : 23rd November 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Degree in Dietetics or Science/Nutrition Degree plus post-graduate Diploma in Dietetics which leads to eligibility to Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration
  • Current valid registration as a Dietitian with the HCPC
  • Evidence of Continual Professional Development including post graduate courses


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association and Mental Health Specialist Group
  • British Dietetic Association: Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group (PENG) course
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults training
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post registration experience in general clinical dietetics and further post registration experience in one or more specialist areas
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience working in and presenting to groups
  • Evidence of participation in audit/research
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision for junior dietitians and mentoring students
  • Experience in the development of Dietetic services


  • A working knowledge of vulnerable adult and child protection issues
  • Knowledge of existing national guidance and key standards in eating disorders
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act

Skills and Competencies


  • The ability to solve complex clinical problems some of which will require immediate resolution
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance as part of the supervision process
  • Ability to be flexible adapting approaches to suit different settings and patients
  • Risk assessment, risk management and safety planning skills
  • Good IT skills and ability to use electronic systems for recording clinical information


  • Basic counselling skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Training and induction of staff

Role/Team Specific Requirements


  • Professional in approach and manner
  • Ability to work independently whilst contributing to multi-disciplinary teams
  • Committed to lifelong learning and continuing professional development
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner and as part of a team and prioritise own work load and that of others
  • Flexible in covering colleague's patient cases in some circumstances

Personal Characteristics/Additional Requirements


  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational and problem solving skills
  • Able to work under own initiative, work under pressure and achieve deadlines
  • Reliable, dependable with good time keeping
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and motivated to promote Dietetic services
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and a positive attitude to combating stigma
  • Ability and willingness to travel around the Trust and able to meet the mobility requirements of the post


  • Keen to learn and gain further experience and with an interest in all aspects of dietetics

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


St Nicholas Hospital

Newcastle upon Tyne


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