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Deputy Head of Nutrition & Dietetics

Hywel Dda University Health Board
To Be Agreed
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you looking to join a well-respected, friendly, dynamic, award winning team who put staff and service users at the heart of everything we do?

Are you a senior registered Dietitian looking for an exciting new opportunity, with demonstrable experience of leadership and clinical service delivery?

Do you have a passion for high quality Nutritional care which will make a difference to peoples lives?

If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and want to live in a beautiful part of the world, as a key member of our service and senior AHP management team we invite you to get in touch.

Main duties of the job

Designated Deputy for Head of Nutrition & Dietetics supporting all areas of service leadership and management, including representation at local and National forums

The post holder provides focused strategic direction to the operational delivery and development of the service in areas of responsibility, managing risk, performance and ensuring compliance with professional standards

The post-holder maintains clinical expertise in a specialty area and provides clinical supervision, mentoring, complex case management oversight, leading service development, innovation and delivery against agreed priorities and strategic direction

Responsible for the operational and professional leadership of delegated nutrition & Dietetic services to include registered and non-registered staff across specialties, holding responsibility for defined projects

Acts as a delegated accountable senior manager for the service and represents Nutrition & Dietetic Services across a range of senior forums, collaborating with staff across services, agencies, develops and presents proposals and reports on behalf of the service

Employs effective communication and negotiation skills in development of operational service plans within area of responsibility

Leads on development of care pathways, local clinical guidelines and protocols informed by evidence

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 12,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (six of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Actively promotes the service and profession, leading on the development of new roles and capacity building initiatives to address service gaps or unmet need.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 07/05/2024.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Professional qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics as evidenced by degree qualification or equivalent Masters level education in relevant clinical, leadership or management subject
  • HCPC registered Dietitian
  • Advanced knowledge & expertise in dietetic practice and relevant clinical specialties
  • Advanced clinical supervisor training / knowledge
  • Comprehensive continual professional development portfolio relating to clinical leadership
  • Knowledge of current national and local strategy, policy and legislation and its application to Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance frameworks
  • Knowledge of organisational structures
  • Knowledge of Organisational Strategy and application to service planning and delivery


  • Recognised management/ leadership training and/or qualification
  • Post graduate qualification related to designated specialist clinical area
  • Recognised clinical expert in specialist area
  • Active participation/ member of specialist interest group



  • Significant and broad post graduate dietetic experience
  • Undertaken team and/or clinical leadership role or function
  • Significant experience of line management including performance management
  • Extensive multi-professional working
  • Experience of leading service improvement /development work and / or change management using recognised methodology
  • Managing highly complex information and report writing
  • Operationalising strategic plans
  • Evidence of leading clinical audit and / or research
  • Experience of representing the service / profession in a range of arenas including nationally
  • Capacity & demand to inform planning


  • SLA / Contract monitoring
  • Silver IQT or equivalent quality improvement training
  • Working across agencies including statutory, third, voluntary and private sectors

Language skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


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