Specialist Mental Health Dietitian

West London NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
25 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 6
Full Time
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We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, dynamic, ambitious, and highly motivated Band 6 Specialist Mental Health Dietitian to join the Dietetics team at West London NHS Trust. This opportunity has arisen due to internal promotion and is currently a 9 month fixed term arrangement with potential for extension. This post allows a Dietitian to further consolidate and diversify a broad set of skills in a highly supportive environment across a range of mental health services. Although this is a full-time position, we would welcome applicants interested in part-time or job-sharing this role. This would also suit an experienced Band 5 Dietitian wanting to try out a Band 6 role for the first time.

Main duties of the job

We are interested in recruiting an individual who is able to provide a thorough, evidence-based service to patients with an aim of person-centred care. The successful candidate will be responsible for offering high quality dietetic assessments and interventions to service users with mental health problems across our mental health services including Acute Mental Health Services, Older People's Mental Health Services, West London Forensic Service and Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIS). There are constant opportunities for joint working with multidisciplinary colleagues both within the team and across the wider services.

The successful candidate will be responsible for offering dietetic support and interventions to mental health services in Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham and Southall. This will include acute, older peoples and forensic inpatient wards, as well as EIS teams in the community. The team base is on the St Bernard's site in Southall however travel will be expected across our sites in Southall, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Multidisciplinary joint working will be central to the development of integrated care, and fostering strong relationships with stakeholders will be key.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Professionally accountable for own caseload, working autonomously in a variety of inpatient and community settings including the service users own home.

To develop and implement dietary intervention plans and provide advice to service users with a variety of dietetic needs and a range of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.

To work compassionately with service users and carers to achieve identified goals and to promote social inclusion and well-being.

To work collaboratively with the catering department of the London based services to ensure that menus are nutritionally high quality and compliant with government buying standards.

To provide the best possible experience for service users, carers and families.

Responsible for ensuring that the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users and their carers are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all members of the team.

To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing clinical leadership, day to day supervision, clinical advice and clinical supervision to associate practitioners, dietetic assistants and students as appropriate.

To provide clinical supervision to dietetic staff and students.

To be committed to and take a lead role in activities integral to the Trusts Quality Improvement Programme.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the Dietetic Service and the wider Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • B.Sc. (hons.) in Dietetics or post graduate diploma in Dietetics
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Certificate in Food Hygiene (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (within an agreed timescale)
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association and the Specialist Mental Health Group.
  • BDA Clinical Supervisory Skills course.
  • British Dietetic Association accredited course(s) in relevant specialist area (or willing to undertake within agreed timescale)
Experience Essential
  • Experience in Dietetics including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs.
  • Day to day supervision of staff
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision
  • Research and development methodology
  • Evidence based practice in mental health or learning disabilities and knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (within an agreed timescale

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