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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/10/2020.

Band 8a Dietitian

Job Reference: J221-A-20-25078

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Chief of Defence Staff
Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport, South East
£45,753-£51,668 per annum (pro-rata if part time)

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

This is a new position in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and reflects the MOD’s prioritisation of health and wellbeing for its people. The unique opportunities this Defence role will offer are varied, challenging and exciting and support Frontline Commands’ roles to generate and operate Forces for today and to ensure we are ready for tomorrow by developing and delivering the Armed Forces of the future. The Band 8aDefence Registered Dietitian (Def RD) is the Practice Lead Advisor in Dietetics and Nutrition, leading the support and coordination of the delivery of dietetic and nutrition advice and guidance across Defence.

The DEF RD is the first point of call on nutrition and dietetics matters for clinicians working in Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) Medical Centres, Primary Care Rehabilitation Facilities and Regional Rehabilitation Units. The candidate must also be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and expertise to be the DPHC single point of contact for clinical subject matter expertise in dietetics and nutrition.

The Def RD also delivers nutrition-training and mentorship to Defence health professionals as part of the Defence Nutrition Advisory Service (DNAS), and specifically to Defence Health and Wellbeing Advisor (DHWA)-trained health professionals and Physical Training Instructors (PTI). DHWA practitioners have received training to deliver nutrition advice and guidance to Service personnel but are not Registered as Dietitians or Nutritionists.

The Def-RD will also support and assure best practice weight management lifestyle interventions (e.g. the “DOfit”) in support of the Military People Leadership Team policy area (e.g. Armed Forces Weight Management Policy), as well as signposting to specialist weight management services as required.

The successful candidate will therefore support the further development of dietetics, nutrition and health policy and practice within Defence through the provision of clinical outputs, dietetic and nutrition service delivery, as well as research, education and consultancy in dietetics and nutrition.

About the Institute of Navel Medicine

The INM is the Naval Service’s Centre of Excellence for occupational health advice, information, training and research. It brings together scientists and medical professionals to improve the health of the UK Armed Forces. The post will be located within a small multi-disciplinary team of Applied Physiology professionals (physiologists, nutritionists and dietitians) at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM). The AP Group is part of the Environmental Medicine and Science Division and provides the Royal Navy and wider MOD with scientific support, applied research and evidence-based advice and guidance in work/ exercise science, physiology, nutrition and dietetics.

In Defence and Navy Command, civil servants and healthcare professionals work alongside their military colleagues in jobs that matter; jobs which often have a direct impact on the quality of the operational capabilities and outputs we deliver. These roles can offer significant job satisfaction, where this role will specifically shape the nutrition and dietetics service of the future in Defence.

Person Specification

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic individual capable of working both independently and within multidisciplinary teams. They will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and professional dietetic and nutrition knowledge and practice, within both clinical and community/ non-clinical contexts. The individual will have experience of developing and delivering community lifestyle support and weight management initiatives, both face-to-face and in remote settings. Additional training, support and guidance will be provided. Conference attendance and research publication, where relevant to the organisation and tasked work outputs, is encouraged and supported. The successful candidate will be a Registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council.

For more information and requirements of the post please read job description and person specification attached.

Essential Qualifications/Memberships

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in dietetics/nutrition and a post-graduate qualification in public health, dietetics, nutrition, exercise science or allied areas.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Dietitian
  • Professional Indemnity with British Dietetic Association
  • Full UK driving licence.

The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV. At interview, you will be tested against the following Civil Service Behaviour and NHS Key Skills Framework Dimensions:

  • NHS Core - NHSC1 - Communication
  • NHS Core - NHSC2 - Personal and People Development
  • NHS Core - NHSC4 - Service Improvement
  • NHS Core - NHSC5 - Quality

You will be asked to give a short presentation during the interview process, plus undertake a short role-related exercise.

Please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, qualifications and memberships in your CV and that you have saved it using your surname then first name prior to submitting your application.

Please be aware that if you are found successful you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check is required.

All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

This post is open to UK Nationals only.

Please ensure you have read all the details in the important information link prior to applying.

Caring for our Armed Forces

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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