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Learning Disability Dietitian

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen for a newly qualified dietitian to join Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust working within the community learning disability service.

You will work closely within our small team of dietitians provided evidence based nutritional care for our clients with learning disability within the dysphagia pathway.

Experience of working with clients with learning disability is not essential but may stand you in good stead in this rewarding area of dietetics.

The successful candidate will receive up to £120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work with adults with learning disabilities within the dysphagia pathway to meet a variety of different nutritional needs including nutrition support, weight management, bowel health management, fluid intake and other health diagnoses with a nutritional status implication i.e. diabetes, coeliac disease etc. As such you will gain experience in a wide range of dietetic areas.

HPFT works with the University of Hertfordshire to support student placements and there will be an opportunity for you to support these students to succeed in their degree. There are other numerous opportunities for professional development.

You will be based either at The Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead or Colne House, Watford but there will be times travel further afield is necessary to meet the needs of the service. It is essential the successful applicant has a full UK driving license and access to a car.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Job description Job responsibilities

See job description and person specification in attachment for more details about the vacancy and the skills required

  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics degree or equivalent
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
  • Member of British Dietetic Association
  • Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities
  • Specialist knowledge and application of dietetic assessments and interventions
  • Range of clinical experience and ability to demonstrate application of clinical skills
  • Evidence of CPD and commitment to life-long learning
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary health care setting
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of delivering care to service users with dysphagia living in the community
  • Experience of supervising students
  • Clear communication through written, verbal and non-verbal modes
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Evidence of behavior change/motivational interviewing techniques to support dietetic intervention
  • Broad knowledge of current evidenced based best practice in learning disability, mental health and dietetics
  • Planning and co-ordination of treatment packages
  • Ability to use problem solving techniques
  • Applied knowledge and risk assessment and management
  • Computer literacy
  • Basic word processing skills
  • Car driver essential, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving).
  • Ability to manage own workload, determine priorities and remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Application of health, safety and risk management policies
  • Working with service users with barriers to understanding and/or challenging behaviour

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