Specialist Dietitian

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a friendly, enthusiastic, confident Dietitian tobecome part of the Community Dietetic Team delivering community healthcarewithin the West Lancashire All Age Eating Disorder Service. The permanent post will be based at Ormskirk district general Hospital Ormskirk. But flexibility to work and travel around the area is required.

We offer a mentoring and clinical supervision programme with an experienced clinician for those new to community work.

Your role will involve the assessment and implementation of care plans for patientsin their own home, care homes and community locations including communityhospitals. Assist in the training of health care professionals and carers andmaintenance of IT systems that support patient care. Offering expert knowledge to a Multi Disciplinary Team.

The department has excellent IT facilities with good clerical support across theWest locality.

The West and our surrounding areas have good motorway and train links toLancashire including the city of Preston.

Main duties of the job

  • Work as part of a specialist multi-disciplinary community service providing care for non-resident adults and Young People with Eating Disorders in close liaison with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To implement, evaluate and modify highly complex care/interventions.
  • To lead development and implementation of evidence based protocols and standards of care.
  • To contribute to home re-feeding programmes and group work as appropriate.
  • To act as a source of expertise and provide consultation, education and training to other Dietitians and health care practitioners within Child and Mental Health Services and other services as appropriate (including Paediatric and Universal services).
  • To provide expert dietetic advice to support service planning and development and engage in aspects of clinical governance in accordance with trust requirements.
  • Provide Supervision to Students on clinical placement and to team members.
  • Participate in relevant organisational research/audits programs.

Nb whilst the role will be primarily 9-5, mon-fri, there will be an expectation that the successful post holder will be able to work flexibly according to service need, for example to contribute to home re-feeding and/or group work in the evenings and some Saturdays.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Honours Degree or equivalent in Nutrition and Dietetics approved by the BDA/Health Professions Council. Health Professions Council registered Dietitian. Evidence of relevant post graduate specialist clinical education at post graduate level or equivalent and /or equivalent experience. Criminal Records Bureau Clearance - enhanced.



  • Advanced clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment and evidence of evidence based practice in relevant health setting. Awareness of own strengths and limitations. Knowledge of relevant national policies and guidance including MARSIPAN and NICE and relevant assessment tools. Evidence of effective MDT working. Experience of contributing towards service development. Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches. Demonstrate a programme of learning, which involves additional theoretical or conceptual knowledge acquisition achieved through self-study, courses and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Thorough and sound knowledge of the development and maintenance of Eating Disorders and its physiological, psychological and medical aspects. Well-developed skills in motivational and behavioural change using a variety of approaches. Skills/experience in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Ability to carry out accurate keyboard / IT skills including word processing, email, PowerPoint, internet and dietary analysis. Assessment and treatment of adults an/or children with non-complex conditions. Ability/experience to manage own caseload with supervision as required. Experience of collaborative working across / between professions /agencies to achieve agreed outcomes for individuals in delivery of treatment outcomes. Ability/experience to work as a team member and independently as required. Ability to recognise gaps in own knowledge & skills and to negotiate ways to address these via appraisal. Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development Skills in providing clinical supervision to colleagues. Evidence of involvement in audit/service development projects.



  • Good evidence of organisational skills including time management, negotiating and decision making skills. Demonstrate ability to motivate team performance to achieve objectives. Ability to utilise research/audit to inform & evaluate practice. Ability to apply accurate anthropometric measurement skills. Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Ability to respond to changing situations appropriately. Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Eating Disorders West

Ormskirk District General Hospital


L39 2AZ

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