University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust are recruiting for a Rotational Band 5 Dietitian. This post would suit either graduates or dietitians with demonstrable experience seeking either full time or part time hours.
Dietetic students in their final degree year are also invited to apply.
Rotational dietitians work within the acute and community dietetic teams. Rotations will provide the opportunity to work within a wide range of specialties including community, acute medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, paediatrics and renal.
Band 5 dietitians will work closely within an established dietetic team and work in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams including doctors, nurses, caterers and therapists to deliver dietetic care to patients.
The successful applicants will be required to develop and take part in staff teaching, student training and support the team in audit and service developments.
Main duties of the job
- To provide a dietetic service to an allocated workload of inpatients and outpatients at Derriford Hospital and Community sites and maintain accurate records under the supervision of a senior dietitian.
- To participate in the teaching and training of other health care professionals.
- To be involved in all Nutrition and Dietetic departmental activities and contribute to the delivery of a Trust wide dietetic service
We are a large, friendly, innovative dietetic department with a commitment to Continuous Professional Development and proven evidence-based practice with established links with the University of Plymouth and Peninsula School of Medicine.
About the Trust
Located in Britain’s Ocean City, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Southwest Peninsula, providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary care to a wider population of almost 2,000,000 people. The Trust works within a network of hospitals to offer a range of specialist services including major trauma, kidney transplants, cardiothoracic surgery, among others.Employing around 8,000 staff and volunteers, University Hospitals Plymouth
***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as ‘Priority’ and ‘At Risk’ status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***
10 February 2023
Agenda for change
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Per Annum
- Provide a high standard of dietetic service to patients through comprehensive assessment, planning, and monitoring of patient requirements using evidence-based practice.
- Work effectively as an individual and/or as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Communicate accurately in writing and/or verbally with other health professionals. Record all assessments and interventions in clinical notes, nursing notes and dietetic record cards in line with BDA guidelines.
- Adapt to changing demands of the job to provide a dietetic service in the absence of co-workers.
- Develop and apply knowledge in specialist areas, under the supervision of a senior dietitian.
- Provide regular outpatient clinics.
- Review and update resource material using evidence based information.
- Ensure that resources are used effectively and in accordance with departmental guidelines.
- Prepare and deliver presentations and training programmes to patients and healthcare professionals using current evidence-based resources.
- Participate in education and training of student dietitians with clinical supervisory skills training.
- Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development to improve patient centred care.
- Participate in audits and quality monitoring.
- Proactively contribute to the achievement of clinical outcomes through individual and team effort.
- Be aware of and adhere to all trust policies and procedures, the Health & Safety at Work Act and Data Protection Act.
15. Liaises with food services department to ensure correct provision of therapeutic diets to inpatients on assigned ward
COMMUNICATIONS & WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
It is essential that the post holder is able to communicate with a wide range of personnel
1. Department colleagues, student dietitians, local/regional dietitians and occasionally other dietitians nationally
2. Medical, nursing, paramedical staff, housekeepers and administration staff
3. Patients, relatives and carers – Receives information concerning patients history, sensitive issues, some patients with little English; requires persuasive, reassurance skills
4. Gaining consent and understanding from patients or their family/carers of the treatment plans required. This will involve patients or family/carers who have complex emotional, physical and psychological problems
5. Food Services Department
6. Community GPs, district nurses, nursing home staff
7. External agencies e.g. primary care, education, social services
All Job Holders are required to
- Work to the Trust values – Put patients first, Take ownership, Respect others, Be positive, Listen, learn and improve.
- Adhere to Trust policies and procedures, e.g. Health and Safety at Work, Equal Opportunities etc.
- Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff development and training.
- Attend statutory, essential and mandatory training.
- Respect the confidentiality of all matters relating to their employment and other members of staff. All members of staff are required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Comply with the Corporate Governance structure in keeping with the principles and standards set out by the Trust.
- Comply with the codes of professional conduct set out by the professional body of which registration is required for the post.
- Ensure they are familiar with the Risk Management Framework, follow policies, procedures and safe systems of work, make known any hazards or risks that they identify and take all necessary actions to reduce risk.
- Ensure the welfare and safety of children within their care. This includes staff who come into contact with children and families in the course of their work as well as those staff who have a specific role with children and families.
- Ensure they attend Child Protection training at the appropriate level within the specified time frame.
- Staff must comply with Safeguarding Policies and Procedures in order to promote safeguarding and prevent abuse to vulnerable people using Trust services.
- Maintain the prevention and control of infection and fully comply with all current Trust Infection Control policies and procedures.
- Take responsibility for any records that they create or use in the course of their duties, in line with the Public Records Act and be aware that any records created by an employee of the NHS are public records and may be subject to both legal and professional obligations.
All Managers are responsible for
- Assessing risks and implementing the necessary actions to minimise these risks within their sphere of responsibility. They must also enable staff to attend the relevant statutory and essential training.
- Managing attendance in accordance with the Trusts Attendance Management Policy.
All Heads of Departments are responsible for
- Ensuring all necessary risk assessments are carried out within their division, Service Line or department in liaison with relevant sources of specialist support and expertise within the Trust. They must also ensure that the risk management process is completed appropriately.
This job description is neither definitive nor exhaustive and is not intended to be totally comprehensive. It may be reviewed in the light of changing circumstances following consultation with the post holder. This job description is to be read in conjunction with all current University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust policies, procedures & guidelines.
Knowledge & Experience
- Proven knowledge of anthropometry, biochemistry, pharmacology to undertake a full nutrition assessment
- Competence in calculating basic nutritional requirements
- Demonstrable experience in a healthcare setting
- BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
- HCPC Professional registration
- Teaching certificate
Aptitude & Abilities
- Good communication skills, written and verbal with the ability to demonstrate clarity and effectiveness at all levels
- Ability to manage a defined clinical caseload with a degree of supervision
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).