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Specialist Dietitian or Graduate Dietitian

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has risen for Band 5 Graduate Dietician or Band 6 Specialist Dietitian to join The Teesside Children's and Young Peoples Community Eating Disorders Service. We can either recruit a Band 6 Specialist Dietitian or a band 5 Graduate Dietitian and support their development to Band 6 level, dependent on experience.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is able to work with the wider multi-disciplinary team (MDT), with our partners in Acute Trusts, and other important stakeholders.

The aim of our Specialist Eating Disorders Team is to provide non-judgmental timely support for young people and their families who may require specialist support to recover from an eating disorder, so they can build confidence enabling them to live their lives.

The service also embraces a culture of service user participation.

There may be some expectation to provide Dietetic support to the broader CAMHS teams that involves working with a number of complex presentations, in addition to eating disorders, including faltering growth, selective eating and weight management.

Wellbeing of colleagues and working collaboratively is essential as we see this as an important aspect to keeping our staff happy at work.

This post provides an opportunity to work as part of a broader and supportive team of Dietitians working within a specialist mental health and learning disabilities NHS Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

Promotes and maintains safety, privacy, and dignity of all service user in the delivery of person-centred care, recognising and respecting differences including spiritual and cultural beliefs.

Undertakes complex dietetic assessments and develops complex dietary care plans e.g., identify and manage dietary intake for service users at risk of re-feeding syndrome.

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are always maintained and that care is delivered in accordance with Guidelines, Access and Waiting Time Standards, and the Trust's Values and behaviours by all members of the team.

Assesses service user, including those with complex needs and develops, implements, and evaluates intervention plans as part of the MDT, with the involvement of young people and their families.

Provides updates and reports on service user progress at clinical meetings and makes recommendations to inform the clinical decision-making process regarding service user care as part of the MDT.

Maintain up to date knowledge and competency in the skills required to perform safely and effectively in the role. Undertake relevant training (including statutory and mandatory training) and be responsible for personal development agreed with the line manager and in line with the requirements of the AFC Knowledge and Skills Framework.

About us

Our Dietetic Team is the largest and most established Specialist Mental Health/LD dietetic team in the UK and has strong links with the British Dietetic Association. We have a robust clinical and management supervision structure and support and promote continued professional training and development.

Some of the benefits for staff working in the Trust include:
  • Travel: Free parking, car sharing scheme (via Lift Share), Business Car Lease Scheme, Non Business Use Car Lease Scheme and Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Staff Wellbeing: Access to Trust gyms, rapid access to an independent counselling service, rapid access to physiotherapy, Occupational Health Services, free flu vaccinations at/near your place of work, dedicated Employee Support Service, Mindfulness Training, access to the Employee Psychology Service and Staff Retreats.
  • Rewarding Employment Practices: Staff Compact, career development, Quality Improvement Systems (QIS), ability to purchase additional annual leave, career breaks, flexible working, Investors in People, nursery provision, pre-retirement provision, retirement gift, access to canteens and coffee shops, access to the Chaplaincy Service, staff surveys/experience, staff awards, long service recognition award and gift, Christmas savings club, staff lottery and access to Health Service Discounts.
  • Relocation Package: We are able to offer support with relocation costs if you are moving into the area.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • B.Sc. (hons.) in Dietetics or postgraduate diploma in Dietetics
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Willingness to undertake the Preceptorship Programme and Competency Framework(within an agreed timescale)
  • BDA Clinical Supervisory Skills course(or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale).
  • Certificate in Food Hygiene (or willingnessto undertake within agreed timescale)
  • Willingness to undertake Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (within anagreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2(or equivalent)


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association and relevant British Dietetic Association specialist group.



  • Experience of working in a wide varietyof dietetic practice areas whilst on student placements


  • Experience of working with service users with mental health conditions or learningdisabilities
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience presenting to groups



  • 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.
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Significant knowledge of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Research and development methodology
  • Knowledge of the Trust's Quality Improvement System (or willingness to learn in agreed timescale)



  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Delegate tasks appropriately
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision.
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.
  • Breakaway techniques (within agreed timescale)


  • Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing skills.

Personal attributes


  • Able to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours
  • Compassionate in meeting the needs of vulnerable people and their families and carers.
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently as appropriate to the band
  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement
  • Committed to promoting a positive image of people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • Committed to promoting a positive image of the Dietetic Service
  • Self aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance and accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision



  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


The Glades - Acklam Road Hospital

Acklam Road



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