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Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 pro rata per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Dietitian to join our Integrated Nutrition and Dietetic service at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. The Inpatient Dietitian department has 15 WTE Dietitians. The team comprises of an Integrated Nutrition and Dietetic Service Lead, Team leader, band 7, band 6 and band 5 Dietitians, Dietetic Support Workers, Dietetic Apprentice and Secretary. We are integrated service with community dietetic and patient education colleagues.

The role will be focused on providing a high standard of dietetic care to inpatients requiring nutritional support. There will be opportunities to cover a variety of ward allocations and rotations, working alongside senior dietitians in their specialist areas. You will have involvement with general outpatient clinics.

Newly qualified staff are required to complete a Preceptorship programme. Professional development is encouraged through supervision, appraisal, mandatory training and CPD activities. Supervision is provided by senior clinical staff.

We welcome applications for those who are newly qualified. Return to practice applicants will also be considered for the role.

Main duties of the job

Optimise the clinical progress and quality of life of patients by providing individualised nutritional assessments, evidence-based recommendations and care plans across designated wards and clinics.

Work as a committed member of both the Inpatient Dietetic team and the Integrated Nutrition and Dietetic service, contributing to the achievement of Departmental, Team and Trust goals.

Provide relevant advice and training to other health care professionals.

Participate in service development.

Provide specialist knowledge across a range of procedures underpinned by theory

About us

We hold a unique position in the Stockport community as the provider of healthcare and we are one of its largest employers.

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from you.

If you require support with your application please contact a member of the recruitment team, who can discuss alternative application methods.

We recognise that flexible working is important. We take requests for flexible working seriously, consider any request we receive and try to work with you, so we can explore if your request may fit with the needs of the service.

Benefits we offer to you:

o Between 27-33 days of annual leave plus bank holidays

o NHS pension scheme membership

o Salary sacrifice schemes for lease cars, home electronics and more, to make your salary go further

o NHS Staff discounts

o Cycle to work scheme

oSalary finance - for loans, savings, budget planning and tips on managing debt

o Stockport Credit Union- for local financial advice

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide a clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Service to designated wards and, if required, outpatient clinics at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Attend relevant ward rounds/meetings and liaise with medical, paramedical and nursing staff as necessary.
  • Act as a resource for nutrition and dietetic information and advice to other professionals.
  • Assist in updating and development of diet sheets and new teaching materials.
  • Participate in menu checking for inpatients on therapeutic diets and liaise with the Catering Department for the provision of therapeutic diets.
  • Assist with training and updating healthcare professionals, regarding evidence-based nutrition therapy, including giving lectures and informal talks.
  • Collect all data necessary to meet local information requirements and as required by the Nutrition and Dietetic Service for service monitoring.
  • Participate in quality assurance programmes, and development and maintenance of service standards, policies & procedures.
  • Participate in personal and professional development through objective setting and regular job review.
  • Work as a committed and effective member of the dietetic staff in order to maximise the potential of the service and profession.
  • Maintain professional competence and expertise by keeping up to date with current research, working practices and models of working.
  • Provide dietetic cover for other wards and hospitals as necessary.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trusts policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of �41.90. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of �13.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Degree in Human Nutriton and Dietetics or Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics
  • Registered member of the HCPC


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Approved courses or study days which support dietetic knowledge and/or practice



  • Professional knowledge acquired through relevent science-based degree
  • Specialist knowledge across a range of nutrition and dietetic procedures, underpinned by theory
  • Awareness of audit and its role in clinical practice
  • Awareness of policies, procedures and guidelines


  • Awareness of dietetic products and clinical reason(s) for use
  • Basic understanding of NHS structures and systems
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and equality issues



  • Clinical placements or other previous experience


  • Working in a multi-professional environment
  • Working in a team

Skills and Abililties


  • High quality written commuinication skills
  • High quality verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate complex information to clients, carers and other professionals in a sensitive manner
  • Ability to adapt communication style where required
  • Numeracy skills
  • Active team member
  • Negotiation, motivation, persuasive skills
  • Able to keep accurate records relating to patient care
  • Flexibility/adaptability in handling work pressures
  • Problem solving/analytical skills
  • Competency in the assessment of nutritonal issues/problems
  • Competency in the management in a range of nutritonal issues/problems
  • Able to recognise own clinical and experience boundaries and to seek support/advice when appropriate
  • Ability to reflect on practice with peers/supervisor(s)
  • Willingness to contribute to service developement
  • Handling sensitive situations
  • IT skills (nutritional analysis, word processing, e-mail, intranet/internet searches
  • Able to manage own time in order to manage clinical caseload
  • Able to work under supervision, accepting direction if required
  • Able to prioritise tasks

Work related circumstance


  • Able to lift and carry items such as feed boxes and equipment, patient notes, dietetic resources/information sheets, presentation resources in accordance with Manual Handling Policy
  • Subject to occasional unpleasant smells/body odours.
  • Maintains confidentiality

Employer details

Employer name

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


Stepping Hill Hospital

Poplar Grove



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