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Highly Specialist Dietician

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Dietician to join our Specialist Eating Disorder Unit in The Lookout, Hopewood.

This post provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced Specialist Dietician to join an exceptional MDT and another well established Specialist Dietician. You will provide oversight on the nutritional needs of the young people on the unit and will be involved in the development of dietetic services within the Trust alongside colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team; providing a specialist Dietetic assessment, intervention and advice service to our young people with unmet nutritional needs, their families, support staff and professionals.

The service includes individually tailored therapy and management, training, advice and a consultative approach. Input is predominantly on a one on one basis, but consultation and training may be provided to train staff as required. In addition to direct client management the role requires input at a strategic level, management of junior Dietetic colleagues and day to-day management of the CAMHS Inpatient Service Dietetic Patients Referrals.

Although based on Pegasus Ward there will be a requirement to support both Phoenix and Hercules Wards in the absence of their dietician.

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We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

Hopewood Hospital in Sherwood, Nottingham is a new building that opened in June 2018, where we have 32 beds across our three wards.

Phoenix Ward is a busy 12 bedded general acute ward providing highly specialist services, seven days a week, to young people aged 12 to 18, who are experiencing a range of mental health and emotional difficulties. We have a large MDT and lots of opportunity to ensure a wide range of therapeutic interventions.

Pegasus Ward is a specialist eating disorder ward. Family based treatment is integral to the treatment and recovery of young people with eating disorders and families and carers are encouraged to be fully involved in their care; there are therefore opportunities for staff to be involved in family work as well as individual & group work with the young people.

Hercules is an 8 bedded CAMHS PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Unit). We care for young people aged 13-18 with a variety of mental health issues who present with a higher level of risk to themselves or others. We have a wide ranging MDT and work with young people ideally for up to eight weeks. We support young people stepping up from wards such as Phoenix or from the community.

Further details regarding the essential criteria can be found in the person specification.
  • To be autonomous and responsible for the assessment, formulation and management of a specialist clinical caseload ensuring practice is in line with The Health Professional Councils (HCPC) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, The HCPC Standards of Proficiency - Dietitians and the British Dietetic Associations Code of Professional Conduct.
  • To coordinate Dietetic Services across geographical locations, settings or specialism.
  • To promote the importance of diet in relation to physical and psychological health.
  • To support the implementation of key documents relating to nutrition, for example NICE guidance.
  • To identify and highlight training, resource and development needs.
  • To represent the CAMHS Inpatient Dietetic Service at agreed forums.
  • To independently provide a specialist Dietetic assessment, intervention and advice service to clients with unmet nutritional needs, their families, support staff and professionals.
  • To develop and provide a highly specialist packages of care to individuals
  • To work as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team across a variety of agencies and locations.
  • To be responsible for the mentoring, supervision and management of junior Dietitians and Dietetic Assistants.
  • To have a delegated responsibility for a specific specialism, providing highly specialist advice and support and second opinions for people with additional needs or in specific contexts (Mental Health Act).
  • To implement department guidelines and procedures in line with Regional and National initiatives that influence service provision.
  • To participate in multi- disciplinary projects and specialist areas of Dietetic work as agreed with the directorate.
  • To contribute to department procedures and protocols.
  • To maintain clinical and administrative records in accordance with team, trust, British Dietetic Association and Health Care Professionals Council standards and provide clinical data to managers as required
  • To work within agreed Trust Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
  • To proactively contribute to regional and national Specialist Interest groups.
  • To maintain a highly specialised knowledge base with particular expertise in the areas of eating disorders, Children and Adolescent Mental Health and Nasogastric feeding and be responsible for ensuring good practice across the Dietetic service.
  • To contribute to the clinical governance activities of the Dietetic Department
  • To demonstrate own continuing Professional development including specialist area
  • To undertake research and/or audit in accordance with the needs of the trust and the profession
  • To contribute to growing body of local and national evidence through writing and presenting papers as appropriate

Person Specification
  • oDegree in Dietetics or equivalent Post Graduate Diploma
  • oHealth Care Professionals Council registration

  • Master's degree or equivalent experience (in eating disorders/mental health) Nutrition
  • Membership with the BDA

  • oEvidence of attendance on specialist short courses and advanced training in clinical specialist areas

  • Significant experience of managing complex cases and artificial nutrition.
  • Experience in service development/quality improvement projects
  • Experience of managing refeeding syndrome
  • Experience of working collaboratively within an MDT
  • Experience of delivering training to staff, service users or external agencies
  • Developing or contributing to local and organisational guidelines, policies and procedures.

  • Experience of working in mental health
  • Experience of working with eating disorders and disordered eating
  • Experience of working with food services
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of weight management within a mental health setting

  • High level of theoretical clinical dietetic knowledge
  • Specialist knowledge of eating disorder/mental health and nasogastric tube feeding
  • Sound knowledge of refeeding syndrome management and guidelines
  • A good working knowledge of safeguarding issues
  • A comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation such as the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act and can link legislation to clinical practice

  • A good knowledge of Paediatric dietetic management
  • A good knowledge of current issues in CAMHS and mental health setting

  • Good interpersonal, counselling, behaviour change and motivational skills
  • Being able to work autonomously and manage own caseload
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Teaching skills both in clinical settings and education centers
  • Computer skills
  • Managing strong emotions and having a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress and highly emotional situations
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Good time management skills

  • Physical skills required to manage challenging behaviour in line with Trust policies, including Therapeutic Management of Violence and Aggression training

Contractual Requirements
  • Awareness and respect for colleagues, patients and relatives cultural, religious and emotional needs and beliefs
  • Compliance with trust uniform policy - uniform will be provided

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