Specialist Mental Health Dietitian

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in mental health?

Would you like to gain experience working as a specialist dietitian?

If so, this could be the post for you!

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic, motivated Dietitian to join the established mental health dietetics team in Derbyshire.

The post will be based at the Kingsway Hospital in Derby; however, ability to travel to various locations across Derbyshire is required.

The service also covers inpatient mental health wards in North Derbyshire and the post could be part based in Chesterfield on request.

There will be opportunity for some remote working as part of this role.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for a varied clinical caseload and for providing a specialist dietetics service to our mental health inpatient units alongside multi-disciplinary teams.

The post holder will gain experience working in a variety of inpatient settings, including older peoples, working age adults, perinatal and mental health rehabilitation.

The post holder will be expected to provide high quality, evidence-based assessment and dietetic care plans for people with mental health conditions including psychosis, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and dementia.

The role will include a variety of nutrition support, disordered eating, weight management, diabetes, managing cardiovascular risk and a strong focus on the role of diet and lifestyle in improving physical health.

In addition to clinical work, your role may include delivering staff training or taking part in service development projects.

The successful applicant will be supported by a small and friendly team who are committed to continued professional development, clinical supervision and training opportunities.

We are a placement provider for student dietitians (A, B, C) from the University of Nottingham and the post holder will be involved in student training.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the Trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

If you can demonstrate the willingness to learn and undertake a new challenge, we look forward to hearing from you!

For further information, please contact:

Kayleigh Dilks, Team Lead Dietitian, 01332 623700, extension 33602, kayleigh.dilks@nhs.net

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC Registration
  • Undergraduate or Post Graduate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics or similar non-UK qualification
  • Working towards course in specialist area of practice e.g. with the BDA
  • Completion of a clinical supervisory course
  • Member of the BDA
  • Member of relevant BDA specialist group e.g. mental health
Skills Essential
  • Can give examples of quality initiatives to improve patient care
  • Possesses basic IT and computer skills
  • UK driving licence and able to travel across Derbyshire
  • Completion of a behaviour change course for dietitians
Knowledge / Experience Essential
  • Working knowledge of relevant local and national clinical guidelines and professional policies
  • Excellent knowledge of national guidelines and current evidence base related to dietetics in mental health e.g. relevant NICE guidelines
  • Able to demonstrate a variety of postgraduate dietetic experience
  • Experience of working with service users with mental health conditions
  • Experience of managing own caseload including the management of complex cases and supporting others with their caseload
  • Can demonstrate evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Experience of developing, delivering and evaluating group education programmes for patients
  • Experience of developing and delivering staff training
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting
  • Experience of leading clinical audit / service development projects
  • Experience of supervising other members of staff and/ or students on placement

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