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Dietetic Team Leader - Community

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed individual to lead the Dietetics Community Team in Ipswich and East Suffolk.

Working as part of the Integrated Pathways Division alongside our therapy and speech and language colleagues the successful candidate will be passionate about providing care closer to people's homes and confident in motivating the team to deliver seamless service to older people and vulnerable adults in a variety of care settings.

You will have responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of the community team and requires a range of skills and experience including the ability to communicate effectively lead and support staff and manage a defined caseload of complex patients including home enteral tube feed patients.

The Dietetic Team consists of 26 staff including Dietitians and Dietetic Support Staff providing a service an integrated both adult and paediatric service to acute and community settings. You will have access to clinical supervision and have opportunities to undertake continuing professional development as identified by your training needs and objectives.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the leadership team in the Nutrition and Dietetic Service with specific responsibility for the operational management and delivery of the dietetic community services across a variety of settings.

To contribute to the strategic direction and service development of the Nutrition and Dietetic Service under the leadership of the Professional Lead for Dietetics in support of patient pathway redesign/integration and digitally enabled care.

To be lead clinical dietitian for community services, including promoting high quality care to older people and vulnerable adults together with the delivery of the home enteral tube feeding service.

To provide a source of expertise to patients, carers, medical practitioners, AHPs and social care within the hospital, patients' own homes, small hospitals and care homes.

To manage a defined complex clinical caseload.

To lead the planning, development and evaluation of defined service improvement and transformation projects within Nutrition and Dietetics.

To lead the development and implementation of the programme of work regarding raising awareness of malnutrition and appropriate prescribing across East Suffolk Care Homes, Community Hospitals and Health Professionals mentoring the Prescribing Dietitian and liaising with Medicines Management at the CCG.

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Informal visits or enquiries are welcomed. Please contact Catherine Dyson or Helen Gould, Professional Leads for Dietetics on 01473 704000. Alternatively email or

Person Specification



  • oBSc Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • oCurrent HPC registration in Dietetics
  • oMember of British Dietetic Association
  • oClinical Supervisory Skills Course/ Student training courses
  • oAbility to travel between locations


  • oLeadership qualifications, management training
  • oPost registration training/ highly specialised courses, working towards masters level in area of interest



  • oExtensive experience post qualification with experience at a senior level
  • oExperience of service development/ innovation
  • oProven line management/recruitment responsibility for junior staff
  • oProject management
  • oExperience of providing services to:- older people those with complex needs - dementia, learning disabilities and neurological conditions enteral tube feeding
  • oCompleted audit or research projects and evidence of application to practice
  • oPortfolio of evidence of CPD


  • oExperience of leading service development/change
  • oMembership of relevant specialist interest groups



  • oBroad knowledge and practical application of clinical dietetics
  • oKnowledge of BDA professional standards
  • oKnowledge of recruitment and selection procedures
  • oKnowledge and application of leadership and management theories, practice and skills
  • oIntermediate IT skills e.g. keyboard Skills, Powerpoint, Patient Activity Systems



  • oAbility to analyse complex professional clinical and ethical issues and apply in practice
  • oAbility to lead student training within speciality


  • oAccredited behaviour change course

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital



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