Highly Specialised Dietitian

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum inc HCAs
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post-holder will be an expert practitioner and provide dietary advice, guidance and education to both patients and clinicians in the CYP-CEDS community team, intensive community treatment pathway and day-patient programme.

This will include leading on service development for dietetic provision for both the intensive community pathway and day-patient programme which are both new pathways within CYP-CEDS.

They will work as a key member of multi-disciplinary teams and work with these staff to support their understanding of nutrition and hydration issues and work collaboratively to ensure continuity of care.

This includes providing specialist dietetic assessment and counselling for young people with clinical eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

They will also be involved in the support the CYP-CEDS teams provide to local paediatric wards when young people with eating disorders are admitted for medical stabilisation due to refeeding risk.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

o Provide specialist assessment, diagnosis, advice and intensive intervention for people requiring Dietetic input in specialist clinical area.

o Have responsibility for the quality of Dietetic service delivery within specialist area of practice across CEDS-CYP.

o Provide expert advice, joint working and give second opinions concerning highly complex cases within specialist clinical area.

o Make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about Dietetic intervention options.

o Be a clinical leader within an identified specialist clinical area, leading by example, demonstrating good practice, openness and responsiveness to emerging evidence.

o Provide training and development for members of the MDT related to skills used when working with people in specialist area.

o Provide Dietetic leadership to colleagues in the teams.

o Act as a role model for Professional Practice and undertake the required clinical supervision.

o Undertake leadership duties related to Dietetics including, the planning and implementation of Dietetic service delivery; working in conjunction with the appropriate operational team leads and professional managers.

o Develop robust professional networks with other Dietetic teams, The Multi-Disciplinary Team, Primary Care, Community Services, Local Authority and Third Sector to enhance service provision.

o Liaise with other Dietetic Leaders through networking regarding issues relating to own Clinical Specialist area.

About us

CNWL's vision and values underpin everything we do in CAMHS and Eating Disorders Service Line.

Our vision

Wellbeing for life: We work in partnership with all who use our services to improve health and wellbeing. Together we look at ways of improving an individual's quality of life, through high quality healthcare and personal support.

Our values

Compassion: Our staff will be led by compassion and embody the values of care outlined in our Staff Charter.

Respect: We will respect and value the diversity of our patients, service users and staff, to create a respectful and inclusive environment, which recognises the uniqueness of each individual.

Empowerment: We will involve, inform and empower our patients, service users, carers and their families to take an active role in the management of their illness and adopt recovery principles.We will ensure our staff receive appropriate direction and support, to enable them to develop and grow.

Partnership: We will work closely with our many partners to ensure that our combined efforts are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for the people we serve.

All our staff are expected to understand and deliver their daily activities according to these underpinning Core Values and principles.

Job description Job responsibilities


To be a clinical expert within the specialty.

Carry own Dietetic caseload within specialist area CAMHS ED.

To ensure the provision of excellent, evidence-based dietetic care for the children, young people (CYP)and their families at all times.

Ensure that each child is assessed, and that their care is planned, implemented and evaluated in negotiation with the family, and that this is accurately documented.

Provide an effective and efficient Dietetic service for people with specialist and/or complex needs within Specialist area.

Promote Family Centred Care and ensure the provision of a welcoming, caring, clean and safe environment for the CYP and their families.

Explore best Dietetic practice, interpreting current evidence to implement and innovate within the Specialist area.

To communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers and other staff, overcoming any barriers to understanding and providing support during distressing or emotional events.

Act in a consultancy role providing therapeutic advice to people, carers and clinicians through professional expertise.

To develop and maintain clinical skills and knowledge necessary to provide holistic, evidence-based care. This includes completion of the Trusts clinical skills competency framework and expanded role responsibilities, following appropriate training.

Provide individual training for other professionals, families and Dietetic staff related to specialist Dietetic, advice and guidance.

Communicate effectively, promoting open and trusting relationships.

Demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidenced informed practice and outcome measures.

Maintain clinical records and reports on service users in accordance with service guidelines and Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC) and British Dietetic Association (BDA) standards.

To be competent in the use of all relevant Trust IT systems ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely fashion, in accordance with Trust policy and procedure.

Participate in and contribute to case conferences and review meetings for people and their families including the preparation of formal reports.

Provide evidence informed interventions and demonstrate high level clinical reasoning skills in implementing best practice; to explore innovations in practice and implement accordingly.


To maintain and demonstrate a personal development plan to ensure continued professional development. To meet targets agreed in the personal development plan.

To participate as required, in the dietetic student training programme as a health educator practitioner.

To identify training and development needs to ensure continued professional development.

To ensure that clinical & management supervision needs are met.

To demonstrate responsibility for managing workload and meeting targets.

To ensure that practice complies with the professional code of conduct.

To maintain professional registration with the HCPC.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications: Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge acquired through Nutrition and dietetics degree (or similar) supplemented by Master's level or equivalent demonstrable knowledge & experience
  • UK Registered Dietitian with HCPC
  • Woking towards completion of a validated course in specialist area of practice
  • Memberships to relevant specialist interest Group BDA etc.
Experience/Skills Essential
  • Extensive experience of working within children and young people with eating difficulties. Including the typical ED Treatment methodologies in outpatient setting.
  • Extensive experience of working within Paediatric and CAMHS specialist clinical area.
  • Experience of service development projects/audit related to dietetic provision.
  • Experience of service development projects/audit related to dietetic provision.
  • Significant experience of working within Dietetics
  • Knowledge of mental health problems, child development, mental health law and legislation
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in dietetics in paediatric mental health
  • Has good knowledge of national strategies and clinical evidence related to childhood nutrition
  • Handling safeguarding issues according to Trust policies and procedures
  • Awareness of equality and diversity
  • Expertise in treatment of ARFID
  • Expertise in helping neurodiverse young people with eating difficulties
Special Aptitudes/Abilities: Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of children & young people
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of children & young people
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and empathy to the needs of children & young people
  • Ability to assess, plan and implement highly complex dietetic interventions.
  • Demonstrable ability to reflect deeply on practice and use this to improve practice.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to understand and work with challenging behaviour
Personal Characteristics: Essential
  • A genuine interest in working within this specialism.
  • Shows evidence of common sense, tolerance and empathy.
  • Shows a mature, accepting warm attitude and has the ability to motivate others.
  • Demonstrates professionalism (in accordance with the HCPC requirements) and good interpersonal relationships at all times.

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