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Highly Specialist Dietitian

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per ann Pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
To work within the Specialist Community Learning Disability Team offering dietetic assessment and intervention for adult service users with a learning disability. This will be undertaken in partnership with:
  • The individual
  • The individual's carers / family members
  • Members of the multidisciplinary team

The post holder will be line managed within the Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire Learning Disability Team and will be professionally accountable to the Specialist Learning Disability Lead - AHPs.

All staff should comply with the Trust's Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity .

Main duties of the job

Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire Learning Disability Partnership team are looking for a highly specialist Dietitian with a passion for delivering the highest standard of care for individuals that have a learning disability.

You will be working as a specialist Dietitian within our Community Learning Disability Team based at Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire.

Our Community Learning Disability Teams provide person centred and holistic assessment and care for adults with a learning disability living in the community. The multidisciplinary team works with individuals that live independently in the community, with family/carers, and those that reside in supported living schemes or 24-hour residential placements. The service is committed to improving the health and well-being of people with a learning disability across Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, by working in a simple, person-centred way that empowers individuals to maximise their potential.

The Role:
  • Managing a caseload, using evidence-based person-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in clinic and community settings
  • Providing dietetic assessment and treatment to service users who present with nutritional concerns
  • Working in an interdisciplinary way to assess service user's needs, devising care plans, and evaluating outcomes.
  • Provide support and education to service users, carers, and members of the multidisciplinary team regarding nutrition and hydration.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community inpatient settings. perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for assessment, differential diagnosis, formulation of treatment plans, written assessment reports, appropriate intervention, evaluation of treatment outcomes and reviewing and discharging individual service users with nutritional needs. Service users to include those with profound learning disabilities, additional sensory and/or physical disability, mental health diagnosis and/or challenging behaviour.
  • To be responsible for managing a defined caseload, in the context of the service caseload, with ongoing evaluation of clinical effectiveness
  • To work with and be available to other Dietitians, Speech and Language Therapists, other professionals and generic technicians for support and joint consultation regarding clinical practice as required
  • To be an autonomous practitioner
  • To work with service users and carers to identify nutritional requirements as part of the overall care plan
  • To plan and implement individual interventions, in collaboration with the service user and carer
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify interventions with service users to ensure effectiveness of intervention and positive outcomes
  • To have knowledge and understanding of the application of alternative and augmentative communication
  • To have the skills needed to facilitate group work with service users

Person Specification



  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Relevant post graduate training or evidence of significant experience in a relevant specialist area
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Member of British Dietetic Association

Experience & Knowledge


  • Specialist knowledge and application of dietetic assessments and interventions, alongside an understanding of dietetic outcome measures
  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in dietetics and learning disabilities
  • Extensive clinical experience and ability to demonstrate application of advanced clinical skills
  • Experience of delivering care to service users living within the community and in-patient settings, including applied knowledge of risk assessment and management
  • Ability to facilitate clinician, assistant and student development through effective supervision
  • Planning and coordination of treatment packages
  • Leadership and first line management experience
  • Participation in research projects and audit
  • Experience of leading quality improvement activities
  • Evidence of CPD and commitment to life-long learning
  • Good understanding of relevant national strategy, guidance and key standards, and their application in practice
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and their application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


midshires Aylesbury Buckinghamshire

unit 1 Midshires business park Smearton Close


HP19 8HL

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