Specialist Diabetes and Nutrition Support Dietitian-Developmental Role

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 5
Part Time
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This is a Band 5 to Band 6 development role - Please see attached the relevant Job Descriptions.

An exciting post is available combining Diabetes and Nutrition Support. This post is part of the well established team working across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including 23 dietitians and 10 Dietetic Assistants/Assistant Practitioners and admin support. This post is fixed term until 31/8/2023.

The post holder needs to be highly organised, adaptable and able to work under pressure. Good support will be provided to the successful candidate including training and clinical supervision .

Successful candidates must be able to travel around the county at short notice, as this is a community based post involving frequent travel to patient homes, care homes and other venues in the Peterborough and surrounding areas.

Huntingdon is a well placed with easy rail and road access to London and Cambridge. It has all the amenities you need including a good range of shops and areas of interest.

Main duties of the job

  • To deliver a specialist diabetes role for the Nutrition and Dietetic Service in Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)
  • To deliver a specialist Nutritional support role in the Nutrition and Dietetic Service in Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT).
  • To work as a dietetic practitioner within uni-professional and multi-professional team environments with regular supervision
  • To assess and treat a case load of patients in line with the model and process for dietetic consultations and maintain associated records
  • Deliver a high standard of dietetic care in the community
  • To deliver a large number of education and training sessions related to diabetes, for both those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • To deliver education and training sessions related to HEF and Nutrition Support.
  • To supervise or monitor the work of other dietetic staff, assistants and students

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide a specialist dietetic service to diabetes MDT teams working with a wide variety of complex adult clients. The work will take into account such factors as the clients presenting condition, past medical history, social factors and medication e.g. patients with diabetes who have requirements for nutrition support or gastroenterology.
  • To provide a specialist dietetic service in the community to a wide variety of complex adult clients with nutritional support needs.
  • To nutritionally diagnose, give appropriate advice and formulate treatment plans when consulting with patients, relatives and carers.
  • To consult adult diabetic clients as a sole practitioner or jointly with a DSN, either in their own homes or in community settings. This will include clients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.
  • To deliver Structured Programmes of Education with a DSN or other member of Diabetes Team.
  • To support the department diabetes dietetic team in the development and maintenance of clinical standards, guidelines, pathways and evidence based practice in diabetes.
  • To develop and update written resources, for example diet sheets and patient advice leaflets.
  • To liaise with wider MDT and external providers to improve patient access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (MSK) and attain optimal patient outcome.
  • Advise on the safe and appropriate use of prescribed nutritional supplements for patients taking account of the influence they have on diabetes.
  • Act as a point of reference on the management and treatment of diabetes, and nutrition support for non specialist colleagues and other health professionals, giving advice and supporting their clinical practice.
  • Provide training and updates about diabetes and related issues to a wide range of audiences including colleagues, catering staff, health and social care staff, carers and clients.
  • Maintain accurate records of all patient consultations and related work carried out at each clinical session, using the Nutrition and Dietetic Process and Model for consultations.
  • Complete Templates on SystmOne as required
  • To undertake systematic literature reviews and critically appraise the evidence identified and identify implications for practice
  • To ensure evidence based, auditable dietetic standards and protocols are in place, developing and updating as necessary.
  • To work within the dietetic departmental clinical standards and evidence based practice and within professional boundaries
  • To support the department's Preceptorship Scheme when appropriate.
  • To participate in the Nutrition and Dietetic Service specific emergency preparedness process
  • To attend all relevant business and education meetings, unless on authorised leave or permission has been obtained from line manager.
  • To assist with the development of the department competency framework and complete competencies relevant to this post.
  • To be peer reviewed at least twice per year. At least one must be undertaken in a clinical setting and be conducted by a more experience dietitian within your specialist area. . The second can be undertaken in other areas such as staff training or group education
  • To peer review other dietitians or assistants/ technicians as requested.
  • To work on projects dealing with new ways of working in nutrition support, taking into account national and local initiatives, identifying areas for improvement and development.

  • Person Specification Qualification Essential
    • Degree level qualification
    • HCPC registration
    • Strong evidence of CPD (portfolio) . Recognised post-graduate relevant qualifications in diabetes or equivalent experience.
    • Type 1/2 diabetes patient education qualification
    • Behaviour Modification qualification, Motivational interviewing course(s)
    • Recognised relevant post-graduate qualification MSc Dietetics
    Experience Essential
    • Diabetes, HEF/Nutrition Support specific experience including management of long term conditions.
    • Understanding of and desire to work in the community setting.
    • Experience working with a range of patients of varying complexity in a range of settings and Multidisciplinary working
    • Delivery of Structured Education programmes
    • Able to interpret relevant biochemistry and other tests
    • Experience of research and audit and resource development.
    • Previous experience in mentoring and clinical supervision of dietetic colleagues and Supervising students course and / or experience
    • Working with clinical units/GP partners, including Local Commissioning Groups, Medicines Management, CCG.
    Skills Essential
    • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities and active listening skills.Report writing skills and experience using IT packages. e.g Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Systmone or equivalent health database systems . Critical Appraisal skills
    • Time management and prioritisation skills. Ability to work flexibly as part of a team; including working outside of core hours on occasion and, if required. Demonstrate a positive attitude
    • Able to work under pressure, concentrate on patient assessment and to calculate patient requirements
    • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others .Works within competencies for role .Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
    • Understands the principle of confidentiality and recognise peoples' right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect .Demonstrates professional curiosity
    • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others and encourages others to express themselves openly .Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances .In stressful situations, keeps own feelings in check, takes constructive action and is supportive of others .Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so
    • Ability to understand and use a range of blood glucose monitors.
    • Ability to advise on the manipulation of relevant medications, within safe boundaries, i.e. insulin, tube feeds and supplements
    Knowledge and Understanding Essential
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the significance of safeguarding issues and interprets this accurately to promote the welfare of all adults and young people
    • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development
    • Demonstrate an ability to solve problems, manage change and take a strategic view
    Physical Essential
    • Ability to travel across the County sometimes at short notice.

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