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Clinical Lead Dietitian

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum/ pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Job Title: Clinical Lead Dietitian

Division: Cancer & Core Clinical Services

Care Group: Therapies

Band: 8a

Salary: �50,952 - �57,349 per annum/ pro rata

Interview Date: 8th May 2024

We are recruiting for a Clinical Lead Dietitianwho shares our ambition and vision to deliver the Best of Care by the Best People and has the drive to take us forward, by ensuring that the Trust continues to be the first choice for patients and our staff.

Main duties of the job

To carry a complex clinical caseload and work at an advanced level of practice as the Clinical Lead Dietitian. This includes optimising multi professional care and improving transfers of care and discharge through direct clinical care and problem resolution.

To provide robust clinical leadership to the dietetic service. This is achieved through effective communication, influencing, motivating and inspiring others to deliver high quality care. This includes responding to national initiatives and advising on appropriate clinical and professional strategy relating to dietetic practice, in collaboration with the Professional Lead for Dietetics

Our values are Bold, Every Person Counts, Sharing and Open and Together. It is important that you understand and to refer to our values when completing your application and always reflect our values throughout your employment with the Trust.

We are committed to endorsing diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion our policies / procedures ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process.

To contribute to our exciting future and become part of our team, apply today.

About us

Here at Medway, we pride ourselves on working together as one to ensure that our shared vision of Better, Best, Brilliant is achieved. Our culture and values are what drives the Trust and is the heartbeat of who we are as an organisation.

Our Trust is a great choice for people who want to develop their career in an ambitious environment.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us.

All of our substantive & fixed term employees can enjoy a range of staff benefits, a gym, an active health and wellbeing programme, an on-site nursery and a cycle to work scheme.

We are taking positive action to ensure that we can attract, recruit and retain the best talent and would welcome more applicants from under - represented groups to support the Trusts commitment to a diverse, inclusive and an employer of choice workforce.

All staff at Medway comply the Trust's and the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Board's policies on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as an autonomous practitioner, working at an advanced level of clinical practice in the expert assessment and treatment of patients who often have highly complex and/or chronic presentations, using expert clinical reasoning skills in order to determine diagnosis, differential diagnosis, prognosis and optimal nutritional management.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own clinical caseload and to manage the clinical risk within own caseload. The post holder is wholly accountable for their practice in line with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (current version).

Undertake expert assessment and treatment of patients to an advanced level, including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies. This will require highly developed physical skills where a high degree of precision and high levels of hand, eye and sensory co-ordination are essential.

To manage patients along their clinical pathway as a continuum, formulate a clinical opinion in order to recommend best course of nutritional intervention, to reassess and progress treatments accordingly in order to develop, inform and influence discharge plans, to advise and plan further nutritional management elsewhere.

To take action where patients fail to meet expected milestones in their recovery, and, escalate concerns where patients nutritional needs are not met and propose solutions.

Understand complex facts or situations requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options

To propose improvements to clinical pathways by challenge existing organisational and professional boundaries and link together innovations in practice.

To lead the development of new clinical guidelines, policies and procedures and ensure existing documents are regularly reviewed and updated in order to reflect best practice

To be responsible for initiating and influencing the development of clinical assurance processes relating to clinical practice e.g. expanded clinical protocols and PGDs that are required as part of own clinical practice delivery, and to advise upon others that may impact upon Dietetic practice.

To regularly review clinical practice delivery in light of new models of care and to identify new ways of working, this includes the advancement of advanced clinical skills in this post of self and others.

To demonstrate a robust understanding and application of governance and risk, and to be able to apply this understanding to own clinical practice and clinical practice of others.

Maintain a high standard of personal behaviour, consistent with professional expectation, and, reflective of the Trusts values, and ensure effective communication with all members of the multidisciplinary team, patients carers and relatives. Act with personal and professional integrity within ethical and legal frameworks and process to maintain and improve standard

To interpret clinical professional and national standards relevant to own area of specialism, and advise on their application in the provision of practice within Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

To take a lead role on the risk management of new clinical practice developments in Dietetics

To have lead responsibility for the initiation, development, and evaluation of clinical practice standards within Dietetics, and for ensuring that quality standards and effectiveness of patient care are continually improved and evaluated through robust audit programmes.

To implement and suggest changes to policies and protocols relating to delivery of dietetic service to actively contribute to relevant trsut-wide policy development

To be responsible for training budget within Dietetics

To ensure that, as an individual practitioner, the post holder maintains timely and effective communication with the Head of Therapies e.g. concerning changes to the service and to ensure the quality and effectiveness of care for their patients.

To contribute to the professional agenda at a local, regional and national level by offering expert information in a Clinical Specialist capacity by providing appropriate advice to own and other professionals on care practices, service delivery and service development.

To represent the Therapies Department and Dietetic Service at multi-professional meetings as required at both internal and external meetings

To continually develop the role of the Clinical Lead for Dietetics within the service with particular relevance to own clinical fields by promoting awareness of the role throughout the Trust, local ICB, and nationally.

Person Specification



  • Degree / Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Current Health & Care Professions Council HCPC registration
  • Ability and willingness to work towards relevant post graduate courses/qualifications to Masters module level
  • Practice Placement Educator training


  • Recognised relevant post graduate courses/qualifications to Masters module level



  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of a wide range of approaches in dietetic management in the acute hospital setting demonstrated by advanced clinical reasoning
  • Awareness of community services
  • Robust understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk
  • Awareness of principles of Adult Safeguarding



  • Significant post qualification experience in a senior clinical role in a relevant field
  • Experience in leadership of a team
  • Experience of successfully implementing change
  • Practical experience of use of audit techniques and analysis
  • Experience of Critical Appraisal and Research



  • Highly developed physical skills where a high degree of precision and high levels of hand, eye and sensory co-ordination are essential
  • Able to communicate specialist information on range of clinical and service development issues within organisation and across other providers, which may require negotiation and persuasive skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including supervisory and mentoring skills
  • Able to work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team
  • Able to prioritise work, delegate and organise
  • Able to persuade and influence in highly complex and difficult situations with sensitivity
  • oAble to support the implementation of innovative and evidence-based models of practice

Employer details

Employer name

Medway NHS Foundation Trust


Medway Maritime Hospital

Windmill Road



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