Specialist Dietitian for Adults with a Learning Disability

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Dietitian to join our Adult Clinical Community Team to work in the rewarding specialism of adults with a learning disability.

Main duties of the job

People with a learning disability are:
  • more likely to live with physical and mental ill health.
  • more likely to have lifestyles which lead to poor health.
  • less likely to be included in health promotion initiatives.
  • less likely to take up health care services.
  • less likely to have their nutritional health issues noticed or managed.
  • more likely to die prematurely - often due to eating/drinking difficulties.
  • may have little say in decisions affecting their lives.

Dietitians play a crucial role by:
  • working with people with various forms of learning disability. Having an understanding of how this impacts on nutritional status and adapting their practice depending on the needs of the individual.
  • working with patients/family/carers/professionals to manage nutritional needs. These interventions lead to reduced malnutrition, appropriate weight management and improved nutritional status.
  • providing individualised, holistic and evidence based advice and translating this into practical information for service users.
  • finding ways to support service users to engage in healthy behaviours, improving knowledge and skills.
  • having an understanding of the medical, social and cultural situations of this patient group and how this impacts on motivation to change.
  • working with the multi-disciplinary team to raise awareness of the variety of nutritional consequences which may affect people with a learning disability, through education, training, and development of resources and local guidelines.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

We work with a diverse population across Luton and Bedfordshire, offering a dietetic service to adults with a learning disability including, but not limited to, those who require home enteral tube feeding, oral nutrition support and weight management dietary advice. You will be working alongside an experienced Dietitian for Adults with a Learning Disability to deliver a cohesive service.

This post can be part time or full time. As part of a full time post you will also cover other caseloads within Adult Clinical Community Dietetic Team which may include:
  • Adult home enteral tube feeding.
  • The general and often complex home visit service working with patients and the people involved in their support system to maximise effectiveness.
  • The general community clinic service covering a vast array of clinical conditions.
  • The dietetic service for the community mental health service. We work with patients, their support workers and the wider MDT including the community inpatient units.

We welcome applications, whether you have some experience with this patient group and are looking to progress and focus your dietetic skills or you are looking for new challenge.

Detailed job description and person specification provided as an attached document.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Degree or post graduate qualification in dietetics
  • Registered with HCPC as a Dietitian
  • Evidence of CPD in a range of clinical settings relevant to this post
Experience Essential
  • Post-graduate work in dietetics in a clinical setting (hospital/community)
Skills Essential
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients in one-to-one and group situations
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and willing to take responsibility and demonstrate initiative
  • Time management skills and ability to prioritise and manage own caseload
Safeguarding Essential
  • Ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults
Emotional Awareness Essential
  • Aware of the range of emotions in self and others
  • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others

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