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Community Dietitian

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
TheNEFLT Barking & DagenhamNutrition and Dietetics team has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, confident and flexible Community Dietitian to join the team on a 1 year fixed term contract.

The post holder will be working as a valued member of the wider NELFT Barking, Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering dietetic department, providing specialist advice, education and support to patients, carers, and other health professionals. They must be confident with home enteral feeding and general community dietetics and act as the clinical expert and professional resource.

Main duties of the job

The postholder must be able to travel efficiently and be able to work in a variety of settings within NELFT e.g. community clinics, nursing homes and domiciliary visits.Essential criteria for the post :
  • Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent post graduate degree
  • Up to date registration with HCPC
  • Minimum of 2 years post graduate Dietetic experience
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Experienced in student training

Main responsibilities of the from the Job Description
  • To represent the nutrition and dietetic service within the multi-disciplinary team, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated service, and integrate nutritional advice into the treatment programme.
  • To be able to cope with, be sensitive and be non-judgemental with patients who have disfigurements and speech impediments and their individual needs.
  • To be able to provide advice in a sensitive manner within the child's environment.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients/clients in your care.
  • Work within NELFT Trust clinical guidelines and professional guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards.
  • To be responsible for maintaining own accurate and comprehensive patient/client treatment records, in line with professional standards of practice and within the parameters laid down in the NELFT Trust's Note Keeping Policy.

About us

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction.

High Cost Area Supplement - Outer London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of the basic salary (minimum payment of �3,898 and a maximum payment of �4,967).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for providing specialist dietetic care, including assessment, dietary therapy and monitoring to community patients and carers.
  • To provide a clinical Dietetic service to patients in residential care homes, nursing homes and patients in their homes who require nutritional support and other types of dietary interventions
  • To be responsible for organising and prioritising own and dietetic assistant workload in the day to day allocation of work.
  • To educate and train dietetic students and other health care professionals across the organisation.
  • To deputise when required in the team leaders absence and delegate appropriately to Barking & Dagenham team.
  • To have organisational knowledge relating to Trust protocols and procedures and adhere to them, particularly for nutrition support, home enteral feeding, long term condition management & palliative care.
  • To be responsible for providing accurate records of information required by the Trust for audit purposes.
  • To ensure effective risk management at team level by accident/incident reporting, assessing and controlling risk and ensuring residual risks are added to the Trust register.
  • Responsible for Community Rehab Service (CRS) for patients diagnosed with neurological condition (MND, MS, Parkinsons, stroke) including working with MDT
  • Nutritional education sessions for pulmonary rehabilitation groups
  • Providing support and education for long term condition and district nurses teams including nutritional education and MUST training

  • Person Specification



    • NVQ level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy
    • Registered as a Dietitian with the Health Professions Council
    • BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
    • BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent


    • Membership of the British Dietetics Association and specialist group



    • Minimum of 2 years experience working in community dietetics
    • Experience of complex enteral feeding & nutrition support
    • Evidence of the dietetic management of a wide range of complex clinical conditions, particularly long term conditions and neurological conditions.
    • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams: nutrition nurses, district nurses, nutrition team, speech & language team Community/Specialist Nurses, GP's, Health Care Assistants
    • Demonstrate ability to set priorities and manage own time


    • Line management experience

    Knowledge & Skills


    • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities
    • Evidence of a range of CPD activities
    • Be familiar with using anthropometric measures and the MUST screening tool
    • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work autonomously
    • Ability to work as part of a team


    • Student training knowledge
    • Clinical audit skills and training



    • To be aware and demonstrate the Trust Values
    • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area

    Employer details

    Employer name

    NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


    Porters Avenue Health Centre

    Porters Avenue


    RM8 2EQ

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