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Specialist Mental Health Dietitian

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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  • Assess and monitor patients, offering therapeutic dietary advice and education to a range of patients. The post will involve a service for Mental Health wards in Stockport and include other areas of dietetics including eating disorders or learning disability and enteral feeding.
  • Provide specialist nutritional and dietetic advice to medical, health care professionals and other agencies.
  • Contribute to the nutrition and dietetic service as a whole through participation in service development
  • Training for staff and patients to improve service delivery

Main duties of the job

Clinical responsibilities:
  • Act as an independent specialist practitioner and be professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of own work, including a clinical caseload.
  • Main areas of work - Mental Health wards in Stockport (adult, high support, older people and rehabilitation) and either support for Oldham Learning Disability or Child Adolescent Mental Health Services in Tameside.
  • Work independently to undertake nutritional assessments and calculate nutritional requirements of patients using anthropometry and taking into account medical, social and cultural factors.
  • Communicate evidence based nutritional and dietary advice in an understandable form.
  • Use well developed communication and counselling skills such as reflective listening, open questioning, empathy, explanation and reassurance to communicate dietary intervention to patients and carers.
  • Gain valid consent to treatment and negotiate change with patients by breaking down barriers, using motivational skills, to enable them to achieve dietary targets set.
  • To work with other health professionals in a multidisciplinary way to support patient care.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics plus short courses and experience to Master's level in relevant area OR BSc in relevant science subject plus post-graduate diploma/MSc in Nutrition & Dietetics/Dietetics plus post registration short courses and experience to Master's level in relevant area
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD training to diploma level in relevant area or equivalent experience
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Member of a special interest group
  • Accredited BDA course in mental health / learning disabilities
  • Basic clinical supervisory skills training
  • Post registration Master's degree in relevant specialism
Experience Essential
  • Relevant clinical dietetic experience
  • Experience of managing a dietetic case load
  • Team working skills
  • Experience of working with patients with mental health conditions and dementia
  • Experience of enteral feeding
Knowlegde Essential
  • Good knowledge of nutrition and dietetics and an understanding of the dietary management of common conditions requiring diet therapy
  • Awareness of the HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics and Standards of Proficiency
  • Knowledge of different ethnic cultures and religions
  • Knowledge of clinical governance
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Good oral communication skills with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Able to convey complex information in an understandable way
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good key board skills (word-processing, data inputting)
  • Good anthropometric measurement skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Commitment to engage in CPD and appraisal system
  • Able to reflect and appraise own performance
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
Work Related Circumstances Essential
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust Application Form / Interview footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure

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