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Community Dietitian

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Dietitian to join our team of 42 Community Dietitians, Assistant Practitioners and administration staff working within our community services division across Liverpool and South Sefton.

This post is open to applications from newly qualified and experienced Band 5 Dietitians as well as Dietetic students. We will consider requests for part time or flexible working.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of clinical care to a defined population. Supported by senior practitioners, they will deliver care within the boundaries of their role. They will work effectively and collaboratively within the team to meet the needs of patients, support the delivery of policy and procedures and provide clinical leadership.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate programmes to promote and prevent adverse effects on health and well-being.

Implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for patients.

Identify, and manage as appropriate treatment plans for patients at risk.

Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations.

Provide information and advice on prescribed or over the counter medication.

Recognise, assess and refer patients presenting with mental health needs.

Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes.

Promote and deliver evidenced based care.

Assist senior practitioners as required.

Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles, to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.

Communicate effectively with patients and carers, recognising the need for alternative methods of communication to overcome different levels of understanding, cultural backgrounds and preferred ways of communicating.

Act as an advocate when representing patients and colleagues viewpoints to others.

Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the relevant professional body.

Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures

Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality.

Deliver care according to national and local guidelines, working in partnership with other clinical teams/departments.

Assess effectiveness of care delivery through self and peer review, benchmarking and formal evaluation.

Participate in the maintenance of quality governance systems and processes across the organisation and its activities.

Utilise the audit cycle as a means of evaluating quality implementing improvements where required.

Evaluate the patients response to health care provision and the effectiveness of care.

Support and participate in shared learning across the wider organisation.

Utilising a structured framework (e.g. root cause analysis) participate in the management, review and identify learning from patient complaints, clinical incidents and near miss events.

Participate in the performance monitoring review of the team, providing feedback as appropriate.

Act as a positive role model takes responsibility for own development, learning and performance including participating in clinical supervision.

Actively promote the workplace as a learning environment encouraging everyone to reach their potential, learn from each other and from external good practice.

Understand own responsibilities and accountability in the delivery of care to patients, ensuring that the needs of the patient are the priority.

Participate in planning and implementing changes within the area of care and responsibility.

Work with other professionals to ensure sufficient staff of appropriate ability, quality and skill mix is available to meet the needs of patients.

Contribute and participate in the development of local guidelines, protocols and standards.

Critically evaluate and review innovations and developments that are relevant to own practice.

Keep up to date with new developments locally and nationally identifying those that will enhance the teams work.

Undertake mandatory and statutory training.

Act as a mentor to students assessing competency against set standards as requested if appropriately qualified.

Accept and delegate tasks appropriately.

The post holder shall as necessary provide cover for and undertake duties of absent colleagues.

Person Specification



  • Registered practitioner.



  • Awareness of Clinical Governance, patient group directions and associated policies.
  • Understanding of audit process.
  • Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • IT literate
  • Work as member of a team.
  • Ability to travel to work across boundaries.



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Riverside Centre for Health

Riverside Centre for Health


L8 6QP

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