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Frailty Specialist Dietitian

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Part Time

Job Details

Part time - 30 hours

The Community Dietitian Team at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Dietitian to provide maternity cover for an already established Frailty post providing dietetic support and service development for this vulnerable group of the population.

We would welcome applicants with extensive Band 5 experience or Band 6 Dietitians who are looking to gain experience in project management and frailty.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Dietitians to join our Integrated Nutrition and Dietetic service at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. You will work alongside other dietitians to provide a safe, effective and evidence based dietetic service'

Main duties of the job

  • Work as an autonomous specialist dietitian to provide high quality service to agreed standards
  • Provide specialist Dietetic treatment to delegated caseload of Frailty patients using evidence based patient centred principles to assess, implement and evaluate interventions
  • Regularly evaluate treatment plans to ensure they are safe and effective
  • To develop the Dietetic frailty service and act as a clinical specialist alongside the MDT
  • To provide advice on the use of oral nutritional supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition as required
  • Act as an independent practitioner and be professionally accountable and responsible for aspects of own work. Decide priorities for own work, balanced patient related and professional demands in consultation with Team Leaders
  • To work alongside consultants, specialist nurses and ward staff to provide specialist nutritional treatment plans as part of holistic patient care
  • Provision of expert advice on the management of patients referred to the nutrition team due to additional complex clinical and nutritional needs and liaise with Team Leader and Specialist Dietitians within the department to agree appropriate management
  • To attend ward rounds, MDT meetings and best interest meetings as needed, promoting an understanding of the role of diet and nutrition in achieving the best outcome for each patient
  • Provide training to healthcare professionals regarding nutritional care and interventions, including presentations

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

If you require support with your application please contact a member of the recruitment team, who can discuss alternative application methods.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

Benefits we offer to you:
  • Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays
  • NHS pension scheme membership
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further
  • NHS Staff discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt
  • Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and develop the dietetic intervention of the Frailty pathway and MDT working
  • Be responsible for planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating clinical case work within the Frailty patient group
  • Be responsible for planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating clinical case work within the frailty service
  • Provide a key role in partnership working with patients, carers, the MDT, and wider statutory, private and voluntary sector services.
  • To take responsibility for staff and student training and development.
  • To provide evidence-based care, education and information to patients, carers and health care professionals. This will be in a range of inpatient, outpatient settings and community home visits.
  • To take a lead with quality improvements in the Frailty Service

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.90. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of �13.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • oBSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (or equivalent qualification)
  • oRegistered dietitian - Health Professions Council


  • oAttendance at courses
  • oMember of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • oMember of BDA sub-group
  • oValidated post-graduate training in nutrition support
  • oPENG course



  • oSpecialist knowledge across a range of nutrition and dietetic procedures acquired through degree and postgraduate experience
  • oKnowledge of NHS policies
  • oSpecialist knowledge relevant to clinical area
  • oUnderstanding of audit and its role in clinical practice/service development
  • oAwareness of dietetic products and clinical reason(s) for use expert clinical practice in rehabilitation and frailty/malnutrition
  • oUnderstanding of NHS structure and systems
  • oAwareness of cultural diversity and equality issues


  • oGood working knowledge of frailty and underlying health conditions



  • oPost-graduate experience in nutrition and dietetic care of patients
  • oExperience of working with patients who require nutritional support
  • oability to work automously
  • omanage clinical case load
  • oKnowledge of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working with key stakeholders across Frailty pathway
  • oExperience of training healthcare and other professionals
  • Enteral nutrition support
  • oteam work


  • critically ill
  • Working in a multi-professional environment
  • training student dietitians
  • clinical audit

Skills & Abilities


  • oGood communication (written and verbal), negotiation and persuasive skills
  • oExcellent time management and organisational skills
  • oIT skills (nutritional analysis, word processing, email, inter/intranet searches.
  • oWell motivated with a positive attitude to developing the service
  • oAble to make an assessment of nutritional issues/problems
  • oWell-developed problem solving skills
  • oFlexibility in handling work pressures
  • oStrong commitment to personal development including maintaining own CPD portfolio
  • oAbility to manage a range of nutritional issues/problems
  • oAbility to communicate complex information to clients, carers and other professionals in a sensitive manner.
  • oAbility to adapt communication style where required
  • oAbility to motivate or persuade others to facilitate change
  • oAble to keep accurate records relating to patient care
  • oAbility to reflect on practice with peers/supervisor(s)
  • oActive team member
  • oPrioritisation skills
  • oAble to recognise own clinical and experience boundaries and to seek support/advice when appropriate


  • obehaviour change

Work Related Circumstances


  • ooExposure to potentially distressing or emotional situations pertaining to the clinical or social circumstances of patients
  • ooMust maintain patient confidentiality at all times
  • oAble to work flexibly to meet the needs of the Service
  • Car driver

Employer details

Employer name

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsgate /Stepping Hill Hospital



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