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Dietitian - Specialist Community Dietitian

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Come and join our team working in beautiful, sunny Suffolk!

We are looking for an enthusiastic Dietitian to join our friendly and supportive Dietetic service at ESNEFT. The role is hosted by ESNEFT but split role with the ICB providing support the ICB Medicines Optimisation team who will provide clinical and professional dietetic advice on nutrition and the use of dietetic products. Within the Dietetic team you will be a key member of the community team, delivering Dietetic assessment and interventions to a complex caseload of patients in their own home and in a clinic setting working closely with a band 4 practitioner

You will benefit from being part of an integrated inpatient (Ipswich Hospital), outpatient and community service that incorporates a range of clinical specialisms including renal, paediatrics and oncology. This affords lots of opportunities to develop and learn new skills, with a commitment from the service to support your continuing professional development. As well as being an integral part of our friendly SNEE ICB medicines optimisation team. While you will be working with dietitians across the ICS, this role will have a particular focus on Ipswich & East Suffolk and North East Essex provision.

Main duties of the job

The Medicines Optimisation team within the ICB are responsible for pathway, formulary, and guideline development, which includes nutritional supplementation. The team carry out ICB wide programmes of education/training for primary care to improve practice and prescribing. The team also use their expertise for clinical queries from clinicians and practices. They support nutrition related ICB cost improvement plans (CIP) for each financial year. They also carry out product evaluations, which will inform the adoption of cost-effective and safe nutritional support in primary care.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about delivering a quality, evidence-based service, who relishes working in a busy setting and are a strong team player. We are seeking someone with excellent team working skills with both Dietetics colleagues and the wider MDT, as well as an ability to work independently and flexibly.

The Dietetic service operates from within the Integrated Pathways Division, alongside our therapy colleagues in speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. We therefore have excellent multi-disciplinary links. We also work closely with the Integrated neighbourhood community teams, and have close relationships with our AHP colleagues, under the leadership of our Director of AHPs.

We welcome enquiries and would be happy to arrange an informal visit to the Department.

About us

One of the largest Trusts in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients' own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients.

To support our employees to achieve their career aspirations you may be eligible to obtain a qualification via an apprenticeship. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a skills review to facilitate this. For full details please see the attached Apprenticeship Handbook.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Proven experience post qualification with additional proven experience at a senior level
  • Experience of service development/innovation
  • Proven line management/recruitment responsibility for junior staff
  • Project management
  • Facilitating training and education
  • Experience of providing services to:- older people those with complex needs - dementia, learning disabilities and neurological conditions enteral tube feeding
  • Completed audit or research projects and evidence of application to practice
  • Portfolio of evidence of CPD


  • Experience of delivery of structured education
  • Experience of leading service development/change
  • Multi agency and collaborative working
  • Membership of relevant specialist interest groups
  • Experience of working in or with GP practices/ primary care
  • Experience of working with care homes
  • Specialist knowledge acquired through non-medical independent prescribing qualification (nb. no prescribing will be undertaken as part of this role)



  • oBSc Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • oCurrent HPC registration in Dietetics
  • oMember of British Dietetic Association
  • oClinical Supervisory Skills Course/ Student training courses
  • oAble to travel routinely and independently across Ipswich & East Suffolk and North East Essex (and occasionally further afield) as required.
  • oAbility to travel between locations


  • oLeadership qualifications, management training
  • oPost registration training/ highly specialised courses, working towards masters level in area of interest



  • oBroad knowledge and practical application of clinical dietetics
  • oGood working knowledge of relevant speciality
  • oGood knowledge of the MUST tool and food first principles/appropriate nutritional supplement prescribing initiatives
  • oAwareness of current issues in: Nutrition and Dietetics The NHS and Department of Health The Health and Social care agenda
  • oKnowledge of BDA professional standards
  • oDetailed understanding of and contribution to clinical governance issues e.g. health and safety, risk
  • oKnowledge of setting professional standards
  • oKnowledge of recruitment and selection procedures
  • oKnowledge and application of leadership and management theories, practice and skills
  • oKnowledge and practical implications of general legislation to the department
  • oHealth and Safety risk awareness
  • oIntermediate IT skills e.g. keyboard Skills, Powerpoint, Patient Activity Systems

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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