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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/06/2020.

Lead Specialist Dietitian

Job Reference: 317-2020-21-13-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Nutrition - Community
317 Regent Point
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Do you aspire to lead a small team? Strive to facilitate excellent team work, high standards of clinical care and have experience in specialist weight management? If yes, Newcastle Nutrition would like to offer you the opportunity to join a friendly, thriving and well established community team on a permanent, full time basis.

As the Lead Weight Management Dietitian, you will be innovative, have the ability to work effectively as part of the multidisciplinary team and will have an opportunity to implement service change and development to ensure services align with trust values and are fit for the future. You will be responsible for inspiring vision in both the specialist adult weight management service (tier 3, led jointly with health psychology) and a small child weight management service (tier 2). You will also provide supervision to the teams’ health promotion activities. You should have well developed skills in organisation and team working, with the ability to work flexibly across outpatient and community settings as well as in patient’s own homes.

The post holder will have responsibility for 1:1 supervisions and staff appraisals so experience of successfully supporting individuals/ teams with staff/service development is essential. Candidates should also have experience of supporting behaviour change, delivering group education and different counselling methods e.g. motivational interviewing.
Newcastle Nutrition is privileged to have good support from dietetic support workers and administrative staff. Also as a lead you will be supported by the manager of the community dietetics team and head of service. We are also committed to training A, B and C students. The team is committed to supporting staff development and encourages research/audit opportunities and CPD.

The post holder will join the 22-strong community team, based in modern offices at Regent Point in Gosforth. You will be required to work at locations across Newcastle; therefore, a car driver with current driving license is an essential requirement. Agile working is supported by issue of mobile kit (lap top, mobile phone). Newcastle Hospitals is a paperlite hospital and as such our community service uses electronic patient records.

You will be required to:

  • Deliver a high quality specialist dietetic service, which includes day-to-day operational management activities.
  • Supervise specialist Band 6 Dietitians working with the support of a team of Band 3 Dietetic Support Workers on a daily basis.
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team with Dietitians and Clinical Psychologists.
  • Act as a source of specialist expertise and guidance.
  • Actively participate in and seek out new opportunities to involve and support your team in developing research and audit projects.
  • Deliver education and training to staff, patients and the wider community workforce.

The post holder should be enthusiastic with a high level of knowledge and experience and will:

  • Have HCPC registration, significant post registration clinical experience and have experience of managing people with obesity.
  • Have excellent communication skills, including skills in dietetic counselling and behaviour change.
  • Be able to demonstrate ongoing CPD and have evidence of developing practice within this area.
  • Have undertaken audit/research and service development activities.
  • Contribute to performance monitoring and reporting.
  • Be able to support colleagues and take responsibility for the clinical supervision of junior staff, Dietetic Support Workers and students.
  • Be able to maintain good relationships with colleagues across your team and the wider MDT.
  • Be able to work in an empathetic and non-judgemental manner with patients that have complex physical and psychological needs.

The post holder will work closely with and support the Community Dietetic Manager and Lead Clinical Psychologist to contribute to and meet the demands of the service.

The Community Dietetic team is part of the overall Dietetic Department ‘Newcastle Nutrition.’ ‘Newcastle Nutrition’ is positioned alongside the other Allied Professions under ‘Therapy Services’ within the Patient Services Directorate. Newcastle Hospitals are regarded as a centre of excellence and achieved “Outstanding” in our last CQC inspection.

Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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