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Principal Bariatric Dietitian

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester / Ipswich
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Band 8A
Full Time
Our Weight Management Service will deliver bariatric/metabolic surgery, endoscopic and medical weight management treatments to the North Essex and Suffolk population.

To support us in this new service we have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Bariatric Dietitian for an initial period of 12 months.

The role will provide both direct patent care and leadership of the bariatric dietetic team, including training, developing competency frameworks and day to day management of the team.

You will be a core member of the Multidisciplinary Team meetings and discuss each patient's suitability for treatment to agree with other members of the MDT a shared decision for treatment for each patient.

You will have significant previous experience in specialist Tier 4 bariatric dietetics and be experienced with the assessment and pre and post-operative care of bariatric patients.

You will be BDA registered with recent NHS bariatric practice and be a member of the BDA Obesity special interest group

You should be at a stage in your career where you are ready to lead a team of dietitians and develop training and competency frameworks, supervise and carry out appraisal. We will provide you with mentorship and training for the leadership/management elements of the role. All members of the MDT will be required to complete SCOPE training within 12 months and become a member of BOMSS.

Internal applicants currently employed by ESNEFT will be offered on a secondment basis only.

Main duties of the job

Delivery of the Clinical Governance agenda in the Weight Management Service working within the Trust framework of Clinical Governance ensuring clinical services deliver quality, performance and operational objectives.

Continuous improvement of clinical productivity, patient safety and experience for all patients and carers.

Management of the dietetic elements of the Weight Management Service, ensuring the delivery of high quality, timely care

Ensuring the implementation of national and Trust initiatives, quality improvement initiatives and the Trusts quality priorities as outlined in the quality account and quality strategy

Accountable for the provision of safe and effective workforce requirements to meet patient needs and to develop a future workforce in line with the National and Trusts workforce strategy

Contribute to service design and transformation, including workforce requirements to optimise efficiency and effectiveness while reducing waiting times and delivering financial efficiencies.

Provide leadership for Dietitians working in the Weight Management Service.

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.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Dietetics
  • HCPC registration
  • Professional qualification relevant to the role
  • Masters Degree in relation to health management or equivalent experience that recognises developed and complex levels of knowledge, which enable the development of original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations. Professional training / Learning at this level will need to demonstrate highly developed professional knowledge, which is appropriate for senior professionals / managers


  • Masters Degree or working toward/unit/departments Masters Degree level education
  • Management Leadership Qualification



  • Proven experience at senior therapist level including substantial recent experience as Band 7
  • Extensive post graduate/post registration experience
  • Current health policy and its impact on the management and development of acute health services
  • Extensive specialist experience in a Tier 3 and 4 Weight Management Service
  • Experience of staff management and team leadership


  • Leadership Facilitator
  • Experience of leading strategic/cross Trust changes
  • Experience in preparing business cases
  • Experience of effective budgetary management



  • Heightened awareness of national therapy initiatives
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to liaise & negotiate
  • Proven ability to lead teams effectively, exercising sound judgement
  • Knowledge & application of research methodologies
  • Implementation of clinical audit methodologies


  • Carried out clinical changes in light of changing evidence base
  • Developed Business Cases and successfully delivered change

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester / Ipswich

Colchester / Ipswich


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