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Acute Dietitian

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 Per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a generalist post, which includes the opportunity for experience in specialist areas. These areas include diabetes, nutritional support, oncology, paediatric dietetics and community dietetics.

To provide a comprehensive nutrition and dietetic service in the acute setting including in-patient visits and out-patient clinics within available resources.

To assist in the training and education of nursing staff, student nurses and dietetic students.

To work effectively as part of the Nutrition and Dietetic Team in Darent Valley Hospital under the guidance of the Acute Dietetic Team leader and Head of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Main duties of the job

To hold own patient caseload working on a day to day basis under the management of the Acute Dietetic team Leader or senior colleagues

To observe relevant care protocols and commence treatment where possible with the patients understanding and consent

To respond to referrals from wards and answer queries from colleagues and patients, giving specialist advice on nutrition and dietetics within the limits of experience and knowledge

To assess nutritional intake, diet and nutritional requirements, formulating a nutritional treatment plan for each patient and reviewing as needed

To make assessments using a variety of sources of information and to provide results of assessment to patients, nurses, doctors and other colleagues in verbal and written formats

To be responsible for up to 4 out-patient clinics per month in Darent Valley Hospital and to provide cover for other clinics as necessary in the Hospital/Community environment

To maintain a holistic approach to patient care and involving relatives, carers and appropriate care agencies whenever possible in the treatment plans and programmes

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all of our staff are double vaccinated against COVID-19, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and our patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

General responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities

Managerial responsibilities

Professional responsibilities

Education and development responsibilities

In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, please see the detailed job description and person specification for further information.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or Post-graduate Diploma or equivalent qualification
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • BDA membership
  • Membership of a BDA Interest Group

Knowledge and Skills


  • Able to work safely and effectively without direct supervision but with senior staff guidance
  • Able to plan workload and supervise assistants and students
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written
  • Basic I.T. skills
  • Able to plan and deliver workloads to support requirements of the post


  • Understanding of clinical audit
  • Ability to teach effectively
  • Awareness of developments in the NHS



  • Use of protocols and care pathways for specific interventions and conditions from Student experience
  • Evidence of awareness for need for professional development and responsibility


  • A knowledge of and experience in working with different cultures and religious beliefs

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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