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Community Nutrition Support Dietitian

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Are you ready for your next challenge? We have an exciting permanent Community Nutrition Support Dietitian vacancy within Ealing Community Dietetics as part of Central North West London NHS Trust, working under the umbrella of Ealing Community Partners.

This is a Fixed Term Contract Band 6 post until 1st April with possible permanent contract thereafter. You will be responsible for supporting tube fed and nutrition support patients in their own home or nursing homes and running nutrition support clinics at health centres, face to face or virtual telephone or video consultations. You will also support, advise and train dietetic students and other health care staff.

Applicants must have good communication skills and experience of working with nutrition support including tube feeding at Band 5 or above.

Ealing have tube feeds and oral nutritional supplements off FP10 and you will therefore be responsible for the provision of feed (without GP prescription) and equipment for Ealing patients.

The Ealing community teaminclude specialist Nutrition SupportDietitians, Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular disease and Paediatric Dietitians as well as nutrition practitioners and assistants. The department is committed to support continual professional development and clinical supervision.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide and develop the Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service in the Borough of Ealing.
  • To be responsible for providing and developing dietetic clinics and domiciliary visits within agreed localities
  • To act as a source of expertise to members of Primary Health Care Teams, consultants, allied and other health professionals, local authority professionals, education, community groups and private industry
  • To develop and provide effective health promotion/community development activities.
  • To develop and provide nutrition education and training to professionals within Ealing student dietitians and community groups
  • To develop the specialist clinical service, carry out audits and research

About us

Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of your own work.
  • To work autonomously to provide specialist/expert dietary advice to patients carers, nurses, clinicians and other health professionals/agencies within and across Trusts regarding nutrition
  • To be responsible for selecting and authorising/prescribing nutritional sip feeds and enteral feeds for patients and recommend products not included in the dietetic authorisation list for prescription by GPs and medical staff. To monitor stock is maintained at adequate levels in nursing homes in your care and that all products are used appropriately.
  • To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively with patients from a wide range of backgrounds, carers and families, tailored to their needs, to gain consent, ensure understanding of condition, treatment options, risks, acceptance and compliance with dietary treatment, which may include unwelcome or difficult to accept information e.g. life time adherence to a artificial diet or limitations of treatment in terminal illness.
  • To apply developed communication, negotiation and counselling skills to empower patients to achieve long term lifestyle and behavioural changes taking into account emotional, physical, social and psychological barriers as well as strong influences on change e.g. depression, dementia, language difficulties, resistant attitudes, aggression, behavioural problems, mental illness. To effectively use interpreters, sign language, Information Technology or other means of communication appropriate to the clients requirements
  • To be an expert source of information and advice to patients/carers and nursing staff on the use of artificial feeding and feeding equipment. To discuss complex ethical issues with service users and health professionals e.g. whether to continue feeding or not
  • To promote and ensure multi-disciplinary/multi-agency collaborative working to promote continuity of care. To initiate and attend multi-disciplinary team meetings and family meetings. To provide timely and informative patient progress reports/discharge summaries to secondary, primary care and local authority/social services. To refer to other health professionals/social services when appropriate.
  • To network and work in partnership with other disciplines/agencies e.g. public health department, prescribing leads, nurse leads, falls service to support prevention as well as treatment
  • To keep contemporaneous, accurate and comprehensive notes and records for each patient.
  • To collect agreed statistical information in accordance with Trust and Dietetic Team standards.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Degree/Post-graduate Diploma/MSc in Dietetics
  • Health Professions Council Registration
  • Evidence of post registration education and training portfolio e.g. BDA specialist courses, teaching certificate, nutritional support, counselling
  • Extensive post registration experience in clinical dietetics.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Post-registration experience in clinical dietetics including nutritional support and tube feeding
  • Experience in training/teaching healthcare professionals/students
  • Knowledge and Experience of contributing to service improvement
  • Experience of conducting audits/research and evaluations
  • Experience of working effectively autonomously
  • Knowledge of diversity and ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Experience in accurately taking anthropometrical measurements


  • Knowledge and application of counselling skills/behavioural change

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to work as a team member and promote collaborative multi-disciplinary/multi agency working
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively, meet deadlines and deal with work pressures/demands
  • Good oral and written communication skills including behavioural change/motivational interviewing techniques
  • Good presentation skills
  • IT Competent
  • Ability to deal with conflict and uncomfortable or distressing situations

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Featherstone Road Clinic

2 Hartington Road, Southall



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