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Lead Dietitian - Adult Community

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Lead Dietitian for Adult Community

Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Band 7 �43,742 - �50,056 Per annum pro rata

Hours: 30 hours / week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible / part time working

We are looking for an experienced dietitian to join our community team as a Band 7 Lead Dietitian.

This post will have high proportion of clinical work and also team lead responsibilities (shared with other Band 7 Lead Dietitian).

Previous experience of community dietetics is essential, and experience of supervision /line management would be beneficial but is not essential, provided appropriate transferable skills and expertise can be demonstrated.

You should have excellent clinical and communication skills, and can demonstrate an ability to be flexible, manage time effectively and have a strong commitment to teamwork.

We will close post early if we have sufficient applicants and therefore to apply as soon as possible.

For further details please contact:Liz Pryke ( or Ciara Mackie (

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for managing a highly specialist clinical caseload of adult community patients for Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH).

Patients will be assessed and treated in a variety of different settings in the community including their own home, residential care homes, Neuro Rehabilitation Unit (NRU), WICU, TOPAS, Campbell Centre, Marlborough House, Chadwick Lodge, Willen Hospice.

To lead the team of Community Dietitians and Assistant grades.

To work in collaboration with Lead Dietitians and the Therapy Leads to jointly provide clinical and managerial leadership to the Adult Community team, employed by MKUH, in the delivery of a high-quality service for its patients.

The post holder will have knowledge of emerging clinical developments, provide advice to inform service development in the speciality in support of the Dietetic Service Lead

To demonstrate and role model specialist clinical assessment and treatment skills for an agreed caseload of patients.

To continually review staffing levels/skill mix in accordance with the changing needs of the service and informing the Dietetic Service Lead of any problems that may arise.

To act as a source of expertise in specialist area for patients, carers, medical staff and other health professionals, GPs and colleagues.

About us

MKUH staff scored highest for 'I look forward to coming to work' (NHS Staff Survey 2023).

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Leadership and Management

To provide clinical and managerial leadership to the clinical team in area of clinical speciality by working collaboratively with other Lead Dietitians and the Dietetic Service Lead.

On an ad hoc basis you may be required to deputise for the Dietetic Service Lead in their absence and to support them in the delivery and development of area of clinical speciality.

Clinical Practice

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of your own work, ensuring a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management by supporting more junior staff to do likewise.

To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of community patients and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time. To oversee the caseloads of more junior staff.

Professional Duties

To maintain own competency to practice through CPD activities, demonstrating awareness of new trends and developments and their incorporation into practice as necessary.

To actively participate in the in-service training programmes by attending and delivering presentations, tutorials, individual training sessions, peer review, external courses and professional clinical interest groups.


To demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance and Risk Management and their application to work situation.

To assess and manage clinical risk within patient caseload in a wide variety of settings, providing guidance to junior staff.

To actively participate in relevant forums and a rolling programme of education, clinical evaluation audit and research within area of speciality.

Please refer to the job description for further details.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • Registration in relevant profession with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Evidence of a range of specialist continuing professional development
  • Member of relevant specialist interest group (Relevant to area of speciality).
  • Student Supervisory Skills training
  • Relevant post graduate clinical training
  • Awareness of NHS and Trust systems, policies, procedures and current changes
  • Sound therapeutic and clinical knowledge
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and awareness of national guidelines relevant to specialist area
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of evidence based clinical practice for a range of conditions relevant to area of speciality.


  • Membership of relevant professional association i.e. British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Management or leadership training or qualification



  • Significant experience in applying Therapeutic process to include assessment, interpretation, individual care planning, motivation, monitoring and evaluation of highly specialised treatment in area of speciality
  • Experience of working with patients in relevant specialist area
  • Active member of multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including liaison with clinical specialists, GP, specialist nurses, community teams etc
  • Supervision, appraisal and training of junior members of staff and students
  • Ability to automously manage a caseload of highly complex patients
  • Proven leadership experience in relevant clinical specialty or similar clinical field


  • Ability to undertake projects within specialist area e.g using NICE guidance, benchmarking and clinical audit
  • Ability to lead and participate in departmental audits and review of Trust Policy



  • Proven time management skills
  • Ability to remain flexible when organising and prioritising own clinical and non-clinical caseload
  • High level of written and verbal communication including report writing skills
  • Advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of patients in relevant clinical area
  • Ability to present and teach information to junior and assistant staff and students as part of an inservice programme.
  • Ability to maintain accurate, comprehensive and up to date documentation, in line with legal and Trust standards.
  • Ability to appropriately apply a range of treatment approaches
  • Ability to problem-solve and to demonstrate clinical reasoning based on experience an knowledge

Personal and people development


  • Experience of managing and developing junior and assistant staff
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written


  • Experience of using HR policy and procedure including sickness abence and performance management
  • Knowledge of change management principles



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others
  • Competent in the use of IT including proficient in emails
  • Ability to deliver sensitive information in a tactful and empathetic manner

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Car driver with valid licence and access to car for travelling across Milton Keynes to visit patients or to other bases

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dietetics (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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