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Specialist Learning Disability Dietitian

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Kings Lynn
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
Specialist Learning Disability Dietitian (Band 6)

37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to work within the Norfolk Adult Learning Disability Service.

Learning disabilities (LD) is a challenging yet rewarding area to work in. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join a friendly team of band 6 dietitians and a band 7 team lead. The learning disability dietetic team is closely aligned to five locality based teams across Norfolk which are integrated with social care. Therefore, multi-disciplinary working is a key element within this role.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will hold and manage their own caseload of patients. You will assess and treat patients for a wide range of nutritional concerns and liaise with a number of different agencies to meet their nutritional and health needs. You will also be involved in providing training and education to patients, carers, other support staff and professionals on a range of nutritional topics. There will be opportunities to become involved in service development and quality improvement projects.

Whilst you will be line-managed and supervised by the team lead, you will be supported by the whole team, as well as receiving support from the learning disability health team manager for that locality.

Your base is likely to be Park View Resource Centre in Kings Lynn as you will be working predominantly within the West and North LD Teams. However, this is negotiable and will be taken into consideration with the needs of the service. You may be expected to provide countywide input and cover as needed. Therefore, travel is required. Whilst you will have an office base, alternative working arrangements are a key feature of this role e.g. working from home and other sites. Flexible working arrangements can be discussed.

The learning disability dietetic team are part of a wider community dietetic team who are based at Thorpe Health Centre. Free parking is available on site.

About us

Come and join an outstanding organisation, as rated by the CQC, where we value our staff.

The dietetic department hold regular peer review sessions, shared lunch and learn sessions and away days. NCH& C also have many internal learning opportunities. The Trust takes a positive and proactive approach to supporting staff in their personal development.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and to consistently demonstrate NCHC's Trust values of: Community, Compassion and Creativity.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage own specialist caseload and provide nutritional and dietetic advice in specialist area to medical, health care professionals and other agencies
  • To assess, plan and implement treatment programmes and monitor patients in a variety of settings, offering therapeutic dietary advice and education, to address patients' complex and changing needs
  • To lead service development within own clinical area with support from the team leader and contribute to the nutrition and dietetic service as a whole through participation in service development

Person Specification



  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration in Dietetics
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course for training student dietitians or equivalent supervising experience
  • Accredited BDA courses in specialist area e.g. learning disabilities/diabetes/nutrition support


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Member of relevant Specialist BDA Group e.g.: Mental Health Group
  • Driving Licence (Adjustments can be made for candidates with a disability)



  • Significant post registration experience, some of which should be in the specialist area
  • Experience of teaching nutrition and dietetics to patients and healthcare professionals including group teaching Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in audit and/or research
  • Good Clinical knowledge and experience in specialist area e.g. paediatrics, diabetes
  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good time management and ability to prioritise workload
  • Commitment to engage in CPD and appraisal system
  • Ability to reflect and appraise own performance
  • Ability to deal with distressed patients/relatives/carers and staff
  • Counselling skills
  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • Behaviour change skills
  • Computer literate - including the ability to use Word, PowerPoint and Excel software

Personal and people development


  • Good teaching and presentation skills and experience of teaching a variety of NHS/non-NHS staff and patients.
  • Supervisory skills

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Effective team member
  • Ability to be assertive as appropriate
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NCHC's trust values of Community, Compassion and Creativity



  • Must hold full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle (if applicable)
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Park Review Resource Centre

London Road

Kings Lynn

PE30 5QD

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