Diabetes Specialist Dietitian

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We need an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team as a Band 7 Diabetes Specialist Dietitian.

To provide a specialist dietetic service to patients with diabetes and their families under the care of the Consultant Diabetologists at Darent Valley Hospital

To act as a source of expertise in the dietetic care of people with diabetes to patients and their families, medical staff, other health professionals, General Practitioners and the Dietetic Department

To be the professional lead for the dietary management of patients with diabetes for the Diabetes Centre and Nutrition and Dietetic Department and for the Acute and Community Healthcare professionals

To be an integral part of the Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Team, working with professional colleagues

To provide education and training to medical staff, General Practitioners, Nursing staff, Student Nurses, Dietetic Students and other Health Care Professionals within the Acute and community setting

To provide structured education for people with T1 and T2 diabetes (DAFNE and DESMOND)

Main duties of the job

To provide a specialist dietetic service to all out-patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes referred by the Consultant Diabetologists and local General Practitioners. This will include patients requiring a high level of care to minimize the progression of complications due to their diabetes and who have difficulties achieving optimal control.

To undertake comprehensive diet and lifestyle assessments and to formulate individualised patient management and treatment plans for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This includes ability to interpret patient's blood glucose record keeping, including continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data and reports

To assess and educate individual patients in self-management principles e.g. carbohydrate counting, effective blood glucose diary monitoring and interpretation, constructive interpretation of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data and reports, application of related self-management approaches based on structured education principles in Type 1 diabetes patients developing carbohydrate awareness skills in Type 2 diabetes patients

To be a nominated 'gatekeeper' together with a Consultant Diabetologist and a specialist nurse, for patients transferring to insulin pump therapy.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a detailed description of the Job roles and responsibilities please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or post graduate diploma or equivalent qualification
  • Registered Dietitian by Healthcare Professions Council
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate clinical education
  • Trained in facilitated learning for under-graduate practice placements
  • DAFNE Educator
  • Pump Educator
  • Evidence of CPD


  • British Dietetic Association Membership
  • Member of Diabetes UK
  • Member of the Diabetes Management and Education Group of the British Dietetic Association
  • DESMOND Educator



  • o Able to teach effectively
  • Able to work safely and effectively without direct supervision
  • Able to plan workload and supervise more junior staff and assistants
  • Able to evaluate and be critical of oneself
  • Ability to work in a team
  • o Leadership skills
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • o Awareness of developments in the NHS
  • o Good communication skills - both verbal and written
  • Good I.T. skills
  • Able to audit practice and make recommendations for change
  • Develop service standards
  • Able to teach Type 1 and type 2 diabetes structured education
  • Insulin pump technologies
  • insulin pump knowledge demonstrated


  • (Teaching qualification
  • (Advanced I.T. skills)



  • o Use of protocols and care pathways for specific interventions and conditions
  • oDAFNE Educator experience


  • Varied clinical experience with patients with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • oPump Educator experience



  • Motivation and interest towards extending skills and knowledge
  • A knowledge of personal accountability and responsibilities as laid down by Rules and Professional Conduct
  • Evidence of awareness for need for professional development and responsibility
  • Able to plan and deliver workload to support requirements of post
  • o Ability to plan and implement own given workload


  • Awareness of developments in the NHS

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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