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Specialist Dietitian

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Specialist Dietitian in Eating Disorders will, in conjunction with the Eating Disorders Team, continue to develop and provide, a comprehensive and effective specialist service to young people and families. This will include specialist clinical oversight for children, young people and families within the services ARFID pathway.

You will be supported within the team by senior clinicians and will work closely with other specialists within the service. Clinical supervision and professional leadership will be provided.

This post would also contribute to the continuing development of the liaison pathway with Paediatric Inpatients and specialist meant heath units.

The post holder will work alongside clinical colleagues in order to deliver a holistic evidence-based care plan for patients and families.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be delivering specialist and specific dietetic advice to children, young people and families presenting with complex eating disorders. Experience of working with eating disorders is essential to the role.

A good understanding of adolescent development and the consequences and complexities of eating disorders is essential to service delivery. Clinicians work closely with young people, families, and clinical colleagues across various environments using the MEED framework to access risk.

The post holder will be responsible for the planning and operational day-to-day delivery of dietetic support for patients and families and be able to evidence organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team. Alongside providing consultancy, advice and training to staff, service users, and carers on diet and nutritional issues, requiring expert knowledge, teaching, and presentational skills.

Be able to advise and support the Hampshire Eating Disorder Team in assessment and treatment of clients with ARFID, including development and review of ARFID care pathways within the service.

Using professional judgements, to include the analysis of biochemistry results and clinical, physical and social conditions to advice on dietary treatments including future revision of care plans. Supporting the use of motivational, negotiating and person-centred skills to support patients and families to understand their diagnosis and help overcome barriers to change.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Registered Dietician with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role


  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of post graduate study in dietetics or other relevant clinical area



  • Significant post qualifying experience of at least 2 years in the relevant care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships
  • Establish and maintain communication with individuals, families, carers and groups about difficult or complex matters overcoming any differences in communication
  • Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development
  • Ability to travel across sites

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Avalon House

Chesil Street



SO23 0HU

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