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Specialist Mental Health Dietitian

Employer
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum incl. of HCAs
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Are you Dietitian who has a passion for providing excellence in the nutritional and dietetic care and who would like to specialise in mental health Dietetics? If yes, we would love to hear from you!

In this role all service users have a mental health diagnosis. And Nutrition and Dietetic Services provide dietary treatment to support the prevention and management of physical health conditions and to promote recovery of mental wellness.

Prior working within mental health dietetics is desirable, however we have successfully supported candidates keen to learn and work within this interesting area of dietetics.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to getting the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We offer ongoing training and development in all areas of mental health via regular supervision, annual appraisal and agreeing a personal development programme. This includes attendance at internal and external courses, professional team meetings and shadowing of colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The post includes inpatient and outpatient clinic work with dietetic assessments and reviews offered both virtually and in-person. This role provides dietetic care to young people, adults and older adult service users. The remit will include working in Southwark and Lambeth on inpatient wards, leading the outpatient dietetic clinic for these boroughs and providing a service to Greenvale Special Care Unit for older adults in the community. There is opportunity to work on National and Specialist units within the trust in order to develop the post holders areas of interest and / or to carry out quality improvement projects and / or research.

Referrals are mostly for under-nutrition, underweight and re-feeding syndrome, including tube feeding and over-nutrition and metabolic syndrome linked to mental ill health and psychiatric medications, especially antipsychotics. Also, food allergies / food intolerances, gut issues and specific food likes and dislikes resulting in fewer foods eaten with risk of nutritional deficiencies are common.

The post requires the ability to work safely, effectively, and cordially with individuals and groups. To be flexible, to manage own caseload as well as to provide cover for colleagues in their absence and/or to cover vacancies along with the wider team. Professionalism and excellent communication skills, including use of motivational interviewing techniques to help support behavioural change are key.

About us

The team comprises 16 Dietitians and one Dietetic Administrator and is growing. The dietitians have specialised in mental health dietetics and/or eating disorders. We are a welcoming and friendly team, who are supportive of one another and our MDT colleagues. We work collaboratively and innovatively, building upon the evidence base to advance dietetic practice within mental health, striving to always be at the fore front of mental health dietetics and to provide excellence in dietetic care. Our dietetic offices are located at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Maudsley Hospitals.

Our core values are in keeping with the trusts five commitments being:

1. to be caring, kind and polite

2. to be prompt and value your time

3. to take time and listen to you

4. to be honest and direct with you

5. to do what I say I'm going to do

Flexible working:

The trust offers flexible working as part of our way of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to workMonday to Friday in the time frames from 7am to 7pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance. The majority of time spent in this role requires in-person working on site.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities and requirements

Overall Job Purpose and responsibilities include:
  • To provide a kind, caring and responsive, evidence-based clinical nutrition and dietetics service to young people, adults and older adult service users, who have a mental health diagnosis, on inpatient wards, a special care unit and dietetic clinic in outpatients.
  • To be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, representing and advocating for excellence in nutrition and dietetic care for all service users within the clinical remit.
  • Support the service by providing nutrition knowledge, dietary advice and training for staff from a variety of other disciplines, which is sound, evidence based and up to date.
  • Raise awareness, understanding and effective implementation of the trust nutrition policy.
  • To support the development, knowledge and use of the menus, which provide nutrition and hydration within the clinical remit together with the trust lead catering dietitian and trust stakeholders.
  • To deliver and develop together with dietetic colleagues a well-established weight management programme for service users living in the community.
  • To evaluate and develop dietetic care pathways, integrating, and adding to the latest evidence base, providing excellence, and advancing nutrition and dietetic care.

Personal Specification: Essential Requirements

Qualifications:

HCPC Registered Dietitian

Relevant Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics

Strong evidence of continuing professional development

Membership of British Dietetic Association (BDA) or other body conferring professional indemnity insurance

Experience:

Experience in clinical dietetic practice specifically in nutrition support, including refeeding syndrome, use of oral nutritional supplements and enteral tube feeding

Experience in clinical dietetic practice specifically in weight management and metabolic syndrome

Knowledge:

Excellent overall knowledge of clinical nutrition and dietetic care.

Knowledge of the cultural diversity of the client population, in particular food choices, cooking and eating practices

Skills / Abilities:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Skills in evaluating stage of change, motivation, barriers and supporting behavioural change

Able to build rapport and effective working relationships with service users and carers, who may be distressed or challenging.

Ability to work effectively autonomously with individuals and groups

Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in multi-disciplinary teams

Able to conduct clinical audit / service evaluations, quality improvement projects and apply the learning gained to make improvements

Able to apply the dietetic care process appropriately and effectively

Able to apply critical appraisal skills to research literature

Skill in managing and prioritising a clinical caseload

Ability to be flexible and juggle competing demands to meet the service and patients needs

Able to improve own and others practice by using skills of reflection and supervision

Able to demonstrate knowledge and adherence to appropriate professional standards

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • HCPC Registered Dietitian
  • Relevant Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Strong evidence of continuing professional development
  • Membership of British Dietetic Association (BDA) or other body conferring professional indemnity insurance


Desirable

  • Student Training course


Experience

Essential

  • Experience in clinical dietetic practice specifically in nutrition support, including refeeding syndrome, use of oral nutritional supplements and enteral tube feeding
  • Experience in clinical dietetic practice specifically in weight management and metabolic syndrome


Desirable

  • Experience of working within a psychiatric ward or mental health setting


Knowledge

Essential

  • Excellent overall knowledge of clinical nutrition and dietetic care.
  • Knowledge of the cultural diversity of the client population, in particular food choices, cooking and eating practices


Desirable

  • Knowledge of clinical dietetics in mental health, including side effects of psychiatric medication


Skills / Abilities

Essential

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Skills in evaluating stage of change, motivation, barriers and supporting behavioural change
  • Able to build rapport and effective working relationships with service users and relatives, who may be distressed or challenging.
  • Ability to work effectively autonomously with individuals and groups
  • Able to apply the dietetic care process appropriately and effectively


Desirable

  • Experience working in Research


Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Maudsley Hospital

London

SE5 8AZ

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334-CLI-6289474

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