Clinical DietitianBand 5 - Hours of work 37.5 Permanent Role
Are you a Dietitian wishing to gain broad experience in clinical dietetics?
We are looking for a HCPC registered Dietitian to join our team of Dietitians and a Dietetic Assistant based at Tameside General Hospital. Applications from student dietitians due to qualify in the next few months are welcomed.
This is an opportunity to gain practical experience delivering a dietetic service to a range of wards e.g. medicine including respiratory, gastroenterology, surgical and orthopaedic. The post holder will be involved with oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition*(* after suitable training / with supervision). There will also be an opportunity to work with senior dietitians in other areas such as critical care to facilitate professional development.
You will be involved with the delivery of training to both health care professionals and patient groups.
If you want to be part of a friendly, sociable department, which is committed to high quality Dietetic care we look forward to hearing from you.Main duties of the job
The post holder will provide effective dietetic treatment for a caseload of adult inpatients at Tameside General Hospital. This will be on a variety of wards so will give experience in a wide range of areas of dietetic practice.
Support will be provided by senior dietitians to ensure appropriate professional development and to give an opportunity to experience more specialised dietetics.
The post holder will provide training to other Healthcare Professionals, patients and will be involved in the training of student dietitians.
COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters so that we can manage individual and environmental risks, and so that we can support those who may be undecided about vaccination. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/covidvaccine where you can also find out more about how to access vaccination. There is a current Government consultation underway which will determine whether some new starters may need to be vaccinated.About us
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of quality services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children. Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners. We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate & these are:
We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.
We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ people & Disabled people.
We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.Job descriptionJob responsibilitiesMain Duties and Responsibilities
- To provide a quality Dietetic service to adult patients across a selection of wards.
- To manage a Dietetic caseload of patients on a variety of wards including medical, orthopaedic and elderly care.
- To liaise with senior members of the dietetic team.
- To participate in the training of other health professionals as agreed with team lead.
- To cover clinics (outpatients or community) if required.
- To communicate clearly and effectively with a range of individuals including patients, carers and other health professionals.
Responsibility for Patient Care
- To demonstrate empathy with patients and carers ensuring their views, choices and experiences influence Dietetic care provision.
- To use a range of communication tools including motivation and negotiation. To recognise barriers to change and be familiar with different types of communication e.g. verbal and non verbal.
- To be able to communicate clearly with small groups.
- To develop clear concise written reports for the referrers to the service.
- To maintain accurate and comprehensive records and treatment plans in line with organisational standards.
- To be responsible for a clinical caseload of inpatients, with a range of conditions, requiring competent clinical practice with guidance and support from more experienced colleagues as required.
- To be individually responsible for assessment of nutritional need, determination and monitoring of treatment or requirements. This will involve nutritional diagnosis, interpretation of biochemistry, anthropometrics and clinical condition, with guidance and support from more experienced colleagues as required.
- To take responsibility for ensuring that patients and carers have consented prior to dietetic intervention, in line with professional guidelines.
- To consider the practical implications of advice and tailor information to the individual circumstances of the patients, families and staff involved.
- To work with catering colleagues regarding the provision of in-patient food and beverages.
- To ensure that appropriate internal and external agencies have the necessary information to support the client in meeting their needs.
- To facilitate referrals to the appropriate agency or health care colleagues on identification of a non dietetic need or if referrals require more specific specialist advice.
- To liaise with hospital and practice based staff, GPs, dietetic colleagues and support workers to provide an integrated approach to patient care including individual case management.
- To provide dietetic advice to medical staff, health care professionals and organisations as requested.
- To recommend appropriate nutritional supplements / products.
- To provide dietetic cover for colleagues during periods of absence.
- To plan, organise and present clinical teaching programmes for health care
professionals and patient groups in response to identified need.
- To identify service needs, areas for improvement or efficiency and in conjunction with dietetic management implements action plans to improve provision in line with overall priorities and resources.
- To be an active team member and participate in department and team developments, clinical governance issues, projects and professional development meetings.
- To ensure safe practice through development of workload management taking into account risk management and documentation and reporting of critical incidents as outlined in the organisations guidance.
Planning and organising
- To retain HCPC registration.
- To participate fully in the appraisal process and maintain professional development in line with national legislation. Complies with professional codes of conduct, performance and ethics, professional guidelines and department policies and maintains strict confidentiality and is accountable for own work.
- To fully adhere to all Trust and National Infection Control advice.
Person SpecificationEducation & QualificationsEssential
- Has the ability to work independently, using good time management and organisational skills to meet the demands of the job role.
- Can prioritise own work and be flexible around whole service needs.
- Will carry a bleep and manage interruptions and respond to urgent requests.
- Can plan and deliver training within specific time scales as appropriate.
- BSc (Hons)or post graduate diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Current registration with the HCPC
- Member of the BDA
- Student assessment course
- Good practical knowledge of the dietetic treatment of a range of conditions.
- Working knowledge of evidence based / best practice interventions
- Knowledge of relevant national and local clinical guidelines
- Knowledge of the roles of other professionals and the principles of multidisciplinary team and partnership working
- Able to demonstrate a problem solving approach to the nutritional management of a range of conditions
- Knowledge of current professional issues within dietetics
- Experience working with a patients with a range of clinical conditions including nutritional support (oral and enteral tube feeding)
Skills & AbilitiesEssential
- Experience working with individuals with long terms or degenerative conditions where empathy and good communication is needed
- Work / voluntary experience in a healthcare / public facing environment
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills suitable for use with planning and providing treatment
- Good listening skills and an ability to offer empathy.
- Good time management and organisational skills.
- Able to prioritise work.
- Good report writing skills.
- Able to use judgement and clinical expertise to interpret and analyse information.
- Has an understanding of own limitations and when to ask for assistance
- Able to work independently and as part of a team
- Able to work under pressure
- Computer literacy and key board skills
- Able to demonstrate Continued Professional Development
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Tameside General Hospital
Ashton Under Lyne
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