Rotational Dietitian Post: Band 5
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
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An exciting opportunity has arisen at the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (NMUH). We are looking for a newly qualified Band 5 dietitian to join our friendly and dynamic team at the NMUH.
You will provide a service as per rotation allocation to, general medicine, medicine for elderly, oncology, stroke, surgical, or a combination of these.
You will be supported in developing your skills and knowledge.
We are the first Nutrition & Dietetic Department in London to commence seven day services, and you will be required to work week-ends as part of the department rota. The Dietetic Department is part of the Therapies group .
You should have good communication skills, be effective in MDT working and be able to deliver both group education and individual interventions.
You will be required to undertake teaching/training of other health professionals.
You will have the opportunity to be involved in research, audits and other service development initiatives.
You will be involved in student training for your area.
The dietetic department and NMUH has a robust CPD programme, and are committed to providing excellent line management, supervision/support, specialist training and other forms of continuous professional development.
In order to support you in this role, you would receive training and supervision tailored to your needs.
For any queries about the post, please contact Mandakini Patel on 0208 887 2405, or mobile 07816861658, or email email@example.com.
Main duties of the job
To provide a comprehensive Nutrition and Dietetic Service, with supervision, to General Medicine, Medicine for Elderly (MFE), Oncology, Stroke, Surgical or a combination of these services at the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (NMUH), and other areas as required.
You will be required to provide a service to the dietetic-led general out-patients clinic and education programmes for patients and staff within the Trust, including cardiac rehabilitation groups.
To provide cover for other areas as and when required. You will be required to complete competencies and participate in the Trust Preceptor ship programme in the first 6 months in post to support your development.
To be responsible for contributing to developing education resources and education programmes for patients, carers, and staff.
To work with the Head of Nutrition & Dietetics, and contribute to producing, implementing, and updating policies and procedures.
To regularly participate in research and audit within the Dietetic Service.
To participate in seven day service on a rota basis.
To undertake planning, organisation, allocation, and training of student training placements for this area.
Multidisciplinary team working, close liaison between acute, community teams, and effective communication skills with patients, carers, and other service users is essential.
Daily support and regular supervision will be provided by the Band 6/7 dietitian.
North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.
We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.
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1. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your caseload.
2. To provide a dietetic service to your allocated wards. Thiswill include other wards and clinics as required by the service and Trust bed pressures.
4. To provide a service to the general adult outpatient clinics, oncology, cardiac rehabilitation groups as allocated, ensuring appropriate assessment, advice, counselling and monitoring.
5. To assess, treat and provide specialist treatment and advice plans.
6. To conduct complex nutritional assessments and treatments.
7. To provide dietetic advice in making decisions on initiating artificial nutritional support.
8. To ensure effective liaison and communication with the relevant MDT and ward staff.
9. To ensure safe treatment plans are in place prior to patient discharges to prevent/reduce deterioration in nutritional status and readmissions.
10. To provide dietetic advice in making decisions on withdrawal of treatment.
11. To be able to use anthropometric equipment for assessment of nutritional status .
12. To be responsible for the complex and safe discharge planning and follow up for those patients requiring artificial nutritional support in the community and those requiring extended Dietetic intervention.
13. To provide a patient focused service and participate in seven-day service as required by the Trust and department. You will work weekends on a rota basis with all other staff within the department.
14. To advise and liaise with the catering staff concerning the specialist dietary needs for these patients.
15. To advise the multidisciplinary team, patients, carers, within and out-with the Trust, on the appropriate use of nutritional supplements, vitamin and minerals, and other borderline substances.
16. To contribute towards the development and implementation of policies for this area.
17. To contribute to the nutrition team ward rounds by identifying patients needing Parenteral Nutrition.
18. To contribute to developing, evaluating and reviewing existing resources .
19. To contribute to research and audit.
20. To use computer skills for data entry and analysis. This will include use of specialist nutritional analysis programmes.
21. To be an active member of the British Dietetic Association and the relevant specialist groups.
22. Support will be provided on a daily basis by the Head of Nutrition & Dietetics and Band 6/7 dietitian.
23. Care and compassion: Post holders must be able to actively demonstrate and proactively to deliver effective and personal care which is safe for patients in a calm, caring and compassionate manner to every patient, every time.
24. Care and compassion: Ensure that any escalation of care concerns or safeguarding escalations are made robustly through the appropriate channel.
25. To provide dietetic advice to the MDT .
26. To provide, receive, and deal with complex, sensitive, and contentious information, including on conflicting issues such as ethical dilemmas, alternative nutritional therapies for treatment.
27. To provide nutritional counselling to patients and carers.
28. To communicate and liaise with the community MDT regarding nutrition related prescriptions.
29. In emergency situations and as part of Trust bed pressures and during leave periods, to be the cover for other dietitians during staff shortages, and be allocated other dietetic services, as requested by the Head of Nutrition & Dietetics
30. To educate the diverse patients with significant barriers to understanding the essential, complex dietary needs and treatment plans.
31. To contribute to the training programme for student dietitians. This will include allocation of placement for the areas of work, developing weekly plans for student objectives, their supervision and assessments throughout their placement.
32. To contribute to developing and implementing education programmes for the nutritional management of patients, within and out-with the Trust, including cardiac rehabilitation sessions.
33. To contribute to the training sessions for doctors including the Academic sessions, and other staff, within and out-with the Trust.
34. To participate in Trust nutrition events such as Nutrition Week, Dietitians week, AHP events, and supporting nutrition events for patients and staff.
35. To be responsible for ordering and stock control of specialist nutritional products for these areas.
36. To be responsible for the safe use of equipment.
37. To monitor stock levels of office and advise administrator of any need for replenishment.
38. To follow guidance for purchasing low-cost resources.
39. To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment whilst in use, including shared responsibility for general building security.
40. To ensure safe practice and documentation in line with professional and Trust guidelines on records and record keeping, and reporting of critical incidents as outlined in the Trust policy.
42. To be responsible for ensuring that patients and cares have consented prior to dietetic intervention in line with professional and Trust guidelines.
43. To keep electronic statistics and written records of all inpatient and outpatient contacts in accordance with Trust and departmental/professional standards for record keeping.
44. To comply with professional standards, professional code of conduct and codes of practice, and departmental guidelines and policies.
45. To maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Trust policy and Health Professions Council standards
46. To work as part of the Dietetic Department Team, participating in departmental developments and projects and attending monthly staff and CPD meetings.
47. To participate in the appraisal process, keeping up to date on nutrition and dietetic issues, and to participate in continuing professional development in line with the Health Professions Council, and maintain a CPD Portfolio which will be regularly checked at supervision.
48. To carry out good office practice in accordance with the departments policies and procedures.
49. To ensure that mobile phones are not used during working times for personal use. Use during working hours should be for clinical purposes only.
50. To have an understanding of and comply with the Trusts Equal Opportunities policy and provide a fair and non-biased service.
51. To have an understanding of the Trusts Health and Safety policy and be aware of the associated responsibilities.
52. To provide cover for the allocated dietitians wards/clinics during periods of absence, contributing to teamwork and overall service provision for the department.
53. To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade and in response to service needs, as requested by the Head of Nutrition & Dietetics.
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