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Specialist Dietitian

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian (Community Eating Disorders Service)

We are looking for a Band 6 Senior Dietitian to join the Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS)based at Wonford House, Exeter. Experience and an interest in eating disorders is essential, we will provide a range of training opportunities that can help you develop the skills you need.

We are a dynamic and innovative multi-disciplinary team, providing eating disorder evidence based interventions and assessments and across the DPT footprint in Devon (excepting Plymouth).

We strive to integrate psychiatric and physical care which is essential in the managing of our complex patient needs. This involves close links with GP surgeries and CMHTs plus local hospitals and specialist eating disorder in-patient units.

We have a wide range of skills and experience as a multi-professional team with a variety of staff groups, which include a Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialist Doctors, Dietitians, Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Peer Support Workers, Physical health clinician along with Admin support.

Each patient has a named clinician within the team who supports them with their psychological health and wellbeing and delivers psychologically informed interventions. Every person's treatment is individualised and we aim to deliver specialist client-centred care, which inspires hope & recovery for our patient group and their family and carers.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will play a key role in managing a specialist caseload of patients with complex nutritional and psychiatric needs, using evidence based and person centered principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition treatment plans.

The post holder will have the opportunity to have training and supervision in relation to both the psychiatric, physical & nutritional health components of eating disorders and wider mental health difficulties, alongside support to help develop the necessary skills needed to manage the complex nutritional needs of this patient population.

The post holder will work alongside CEDS colleagues to ensure that the service can provide compassionate and holistic recovery focused care to address the nutritional needs of people with eating disorders and other mental disorders.

The post holder will contribute to the management of resources within the clinical and professional area, e.g. nutritional products, equipment and literature, will act as a resource on nutritional issues to the multidisciplinary team across the Trust, promoting healthy lifestyle and good nutrition for all individuals that use the services and to provide relevant staff training.

The post holder will contribute to the planning, developing and evaluation of the dietetic service within the Trust.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or post-graduate diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Health Professions Council registration as a dietitian
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Post registration training or experience in mental health/eating disorders


  • Motivational interviewing or counselling skills
  • PENG clinical update (parenteral and enteral nutrition group of the BDA)
  • Food hygiene certificate



  • Knowledge and experience of a wide range of approaches to clinical dietetics
  • Previous experience of clinical governance
  • Ability to demonstrate sound knowledge and application of up to date, evidence based practice
  • Understanding to the structure of the NHS, in particular where it impacts on dietetic practise
  • Evidence of experience of working within the field of mental health
  • Experience of facilitating group education


  • Member of relevant specialist dietitians groups
  • Experience of research

Knowledge & Skills


  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Negotiation skills
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills with other health professional, individuals using the service and careers
  • Evidence of excellent presentation skills and an ability to work efficiently with individuals and groups
  • Ability to generate written communication which is relevant, concise and accurate
  • Able to maintain personal and professional boundaries
  • Ability to judge the individuals stage of motivation for change and accommodate this in the dietetic treatment plan
  • Ability to access anthropometric data and adjust dietetic treatment plan as appropriate
  • Ability to plan, manage and prioritise own time and workload
  • To manage a workload which can be varied and unpredictable
  • Ability to work in a busy surrounding, shared office or busy ward environment
  • Mobile working across Trust
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and creative
  • Ability to deal with unpredictable situations such as distressed individuals or careers and challenging behaviour


  • Basic counselling skills and an awareness of a range of approaches to behavioural change
  • Accurate keyboard skills excel spreadsheets, word processing, electronic records, internet and dietary analysis
  • Word processing and PowerPoint skills for correspondence, production of educational resources and presentations
  • Ability to use instruments to measure anthropometry and body composition.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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