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Advanced Dietitian

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The role is specifically focused on providing an insulin pump service for adult patients who use the specialist diabetes service at Wirral university Hospital

Main duties of the job

  • Clinical Lead role in the assessment and treatment of patients within a speciality, having developed highly specialist knowledge of that clinical area, and being an autonomous clinician, maintaining a high standard of clinical practice
  • To provide leadership within speciality and to be a role model to all AHP staff across the directorate.
  • To participate in providing 7 day services and an extended working day, as required.
  • Working with clinical Team Leader and AHP Management team to provide a coordinated quality service

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as competent and caring staff by our patients.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents.

We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m.

The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

To be the key lead for providing and developing high quality of care within own speciality to constantly strive to improve and develop AHP services (within the clinical governance framework), and to create an environment in which excellence in clinical care flourishes.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including patient treatment, equipment uses, resources and documentation (within clinical governance framework).

To ensure effective management of own specialist caseload and to maintain high standards of clinical practice.

To be responsible for the training of own profession staff (postgraduate and undergraduate) in core and specialist area of work, and other AHP staff groups, by identifying learning needs and leading on actions to meet these needs to be responsible for own CPD.

To be an autonomous practitioner, requiring highly developed specialist knowledge to assess patients with complex needs, identifying problems and formulating individualised treatment plans making treatment decisions and evaluating effectiveness of treatment using well developed clinical reasoning skills.

To ensure full and accurate documentation records are kept of own patient interventions and to be responsible for ensuring that other team members maintain documentation standards in line with legal, local, national, and professional guidelines. To ensure that accurate information (including national and local statistics) is entered on computerised records.

To be responsible for clinical audit activity to evaluate specialist services, working in conjunction with the clinical team leaders, leading to identifying appropriate service development or improvements /maintenance of standards of care. To effectively manage change.

To ensure that new and existing protocols/ guidelines are implemented, and to develop guidelines when appropriate founded on evidence-based practice and in accordance with professional, local, and national guidelines.

To ensure effective communication (verbal and written) with professionals, non-professionals, and patients regarding patient treatment & advice.

To ensure appropriate use of risk assessment and to take appropriate action when risk is identified. To monitor the safety and safe use of all equipment used.

To have the Freedom to Act guided by broad occupational, hospital and national guidelines. Guidance may be provided by peers, managers, or external reference points

Person Specification

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Graduate Diploma or BSc or equivalent qualification recognised by HCPC in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics or Speech & Language
  • HCPC registration
  • At least 4 years post grad experience (including Experience as band 5 AHP to consolidate basic post-graduate skills & to develop more specialist skills followed by appropriate experience in a relevant area of work at band 6 (or equivalent) level


  • Member of Charted Society of Physiotherapy, British Dietetic Association, Royal College of Occupational Therapy, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists or similar
  • Evidence of significant and relevant post registration training and relevant evidence in CPD portfolio in order to prove development of specialist clinical skills and development of highly developed specialist knowledge. Profession specific training in specialist area, recognised as equating to masters level, e.g MACP, Sensory Integration training, Bobath, PENG clinical update etc

Knowledge and Skills


  • Basic computer skills

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Demonstrate a high degree of expertise and competency in a wide range of skills which involves assessment and treatment underpinned by sound theoretical knowledge. Experience of highly complex caseload management. Experience of advising and guiding others within profession and other members of the MDT.
  • Ability to work as an autonomous clinician, managing own case load, including complex patients, and time, using clinical reasoning and analytical skill to perform appropriate assessment, identify problems and appropriate treatment plan
  • To have the analytical ability to be able to review treatment / services, with evidence of taking part in audit
  • Demonstrate awareness of the roles of others in providing patient care and ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to identify learning needs and develop the skills of staff and students in speciality. This includes mentorship, appraisal, supervision and training.


  • Active collection of relevant CPD in portfolio

Knowledge and Skills


  • Well developed theoretical knowledge under pinning clinical practice
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good analytical, problem solving and clinical reasoning skills


  • Knowledge and experience in hospital computer system
  • Ability to communicate within difficult circumstances and demonstrate empathetic approach to patients.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), analytical, problem solving skills and clinical reasoning
  • Understanding of national issues and relating them to own clinical practice

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to support others and needs of the service.
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Good organisational skills


  • Ability to organise own workload and administrational procedures

Employer details

Employer name

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Arrowe Park Hospital

Arrowe Park Road


CH49 5PE

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