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Community Specialist Dietitian

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Band 6
Part Time
Are you enthusiastic and forward thinking about therapy? Do you want to work for a Trust that values AHPs and their contribution to the patient journey and holistic care?

This is an exciting time for our organisation, as we have received substantial investment to further develop our services. Check out our therapy video link to gain an understanding of our department and values.

We are looking for an enthusiastic innovative Dietitian who would like to work as part of a team delivering a wide range of nutrition and dietetic care within Cornwall Community. This vacancy is for a band 6 Dietitian post.

The remit will be to contribute to the service under the guidance of the lead Dietitian, professional lead and service manager. This will require input to patients and staff across a large geographical community area through one to one consultations and the engagement of multi professional colleagues in the implementation of practice.

This post is situated within Cornwall Community Dietetic Team which covers the area from West Cornwall to the Devon Border. We are a small friendly team who work very closely due to the shared caseload.

This post would be suitable for someone interested in remote work.

The wider Dietetic Service has a variety of specialities including, Renal, Eating Disorders, Gastroenterology/Nutritional support, Oncology, Diabetes, HEF, Paediatrics and Learning Disabilities.

Main duties of the job

To work as a senior autonomous practitioner providing dietetic support and advice to patients and Health Care Professionals with a wide clinical remit.

To contribute to policy development.

To develop appropriate resources as required.

To keep accurate records in accordance with RCHT and Health Care Professions Council regulations/policy.

About us

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

May be required to work without supervision in remote locations

To provide experienced Dietetic support and advice to patients and their carers

Undertake dietary review and nutritional assessment (including consideration of anthropometry, biochemistry, pharmacology, and medical history) of patients and set a plan of care for both in-patient and outpatient care within this remit.

To record accurately all assessments and interventions in medical notes/ nursing documentation/dietetic record cards in line with Trust policy

Deliver Dietetic lead outpatient sessions for patients with a wide variety of complex needs, to assess patients nutritional status, therapeutic dietary needs, and advice regarding dietary/lifestyle changes. Review progress regarding dietary advice given where appropriate.

Communicate in writing to the referrer noting nutritional status of patient and outlining lifestyle and dietary plan given and the follow-up arrangements, maintaining accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements.

To effectively communicate a plan of care with other appropriate health-professionals e g. Community Dietitians, GPs, clinical nurse specialists consultants etc.

To work collaboratively with other disciplines, ensuring delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary services.

To review and develop a range of Specialist educational resources which have a clear evidence base and which are appropriate for the users of the services.

To develop a network of communication between other agencies e.g. catering, pharmacy, GPs, consultants, nurses and other allied health professionals etc.

Work as a senior autonomous practitioner liaising with other specialist practitioners on a local, Strategic Health Authority and National level to promote equitable, evidence-based practice.

To communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise condition management, recovery potential, further disease prevention. To recognise that individual patients have different needs for information at different phases of their illness and to be responsive to patients needs.

Communication skills of active listening, emotional engagement, empathy, tact, openness, motivation, and reassurance will be used with a variety of patients. Barriers to effective communication will regularly be evident e.g. anxiety, fear, altered perceptions, impaired sight and impaired hearing.

To have the ability to deal appropriately with daily exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances.

To be sensitive to patients and carers spiritual needs and to be aware of local resources for spiritual care. To be able to recognise psychological needs of patients and be able to offer general emotional care and know when to refer patients to a more specialist service.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Nutrition/Dietetics or equivalent leading to Health Professions Council (HPC) Registration as a Dietitian.


  • Advanced certificate in counselling skills or counselling experience



  • A wide range of post registration dietetic experience to include in and out patients and groups.
  • Experience of working autonomously with a dietetic caseload without direct supervision


  • Experience managing dietetic staff

Practical/Intellectual Skills


  • To be able to demonstrate Proficient IT skills including Microsoft 10 Excel, Email, Power Point, Word.
  • Working knowledge of how to set up and use projectors/laptops and experience delivering group education
  • Ability to work autonomously and be confident with lone working
  • An ability to assess success, interpret data and write reports
  • An ability to manage a designated caseload
  • Ability to travel across Cornwall to other sites as required including flexibility with where service need is.
  • Ability to supervise and support other staff
  • An ability to run groups for people of more than 20.
  • An ability to evaluate and report on complex data.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital



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