Specialist Mental Health Dietitian

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAS
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Specialist Mental Health Dietitian to join our friendly team.

You will be responsible for a varied clinical caseload providing a specialist dietetics service to our mental health inpatient units including acute admissions, rehabilitation, forensics, older peoples services, as well as CAMHs. You will support service users with a variety of physical and mental health conditions including nutrition support, enteral feeding and the management of long term health problems.

The post holder will also have the opportunity to be involved in quality improvement projects, staff training, audits, research activities and pathway development.

Experience of working in a mental health setting would be desirable although not essential. A working knowledge of behaviour change and motivational interviewing would be beneficial.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to getting the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team to provide clinical input to designated services within local mental health inpatient services at Springfield Hospital.
  • The post holder will work with service users in acute admissions, rehabilitation, older people's services and also CAMHS areas, providing assessment, treatment planning and provision for service users with complex nutritional and psychological needs.
  • To ensure that there is dietetic advice to support the monitoring of the Trust's catering contracts and delivery of a positive patient experience at mealtimes
  • To provide training and group sessions to staff and service users and carers on nutritional issues relating to mental health.

Flexible working:

We are proud to offer agile and flexible working opportunities as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday within the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our £150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To undertake clinical assessments and appropriate dietetic intervention for service users within the mental health inpatient services at Springfield Hospital. This may include service users in acute admissions, rehabilitation, forensics, older peoples services, as well as CAMHs.
  • To work with clients with complex physical and psychological needs, using outcome measures as appropriate.
  • To undertake anthropometric measurements and interpret biochemical data as part of the dietetic assessment.
  • To run group sessions and workshops for service users on a variety of nutrition topics
  • To provide training to ward staff on nutrition related areas
  • To be actively involved in clinical team meetings, wards rounds, community meetings and care plan review meetings as required.
  • To support with menu reviews and dietetic advice to support the Trust catering contract

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oDegree in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • oRegistered as Dietitian with HCPC
  • oEvidence of continuing professional and personal development
  • oMember of the British Dietetic Association and the Specialist Mental Health Group
  • oCompletion of the BDA clinical supervisory skills course
Experience Essential
  • oPost graduate experience with significant experience working at specialist level
  • oExperience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience working in the NHS
  • oExperience working with mental health service users
  • oExperience of working with children and/ or adolescents
  • oEvidence of participation in audit/ research
  • oDietetics related to food provision and catering

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