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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/06/2022.

Diabetes Dietician - Band 5-6 Developmental - Dietetics

Job Reference: 179-456-22-I

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Dietetics Team
Bury St. Edmunds
£25,655 to £31,534 pa

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

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  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

Diabetes Dietitian – Band 5-6 Developmental – Dietetics – 37.5 hours per week – Permanent

We are looking for an passionate registered dietitian with experience or an interest in developing skills to work within the specialist area of diabetes.  This post is available as a band 5 or 6 level depending upon experience. The successful candidate will be part of the Nutrition and Dietetic department, but also work within the wider diabetes service and be supported by the band 7 diabetes dietitian.  

The post holder will be an integral member of the multidisciplinary diabetes team both community and outpatients, working with Consultant diabetologists, Diabetes specialist nurses, podiatrists and specialist midwives.

The specialist diabetes dietitian is responsible for the provision of high-quality dietetic counselling and advice to adults living in the West Suffolk area.

Main Duties’ of the job

This exciting role has team work at its heart and is flexible in offering face to face, telephone, group and video appointments to the service users, often providing these jointly with the diabetes specialist nurse.  Part of the role will be supporting specialist consultant clinics and the diabetes specialist nurse clinics held in GP surgeries.  It also supports maternity services with the use and review of Continuous Glucose Monitoring technology alongside consultants, midwives and specialist nurses.

Group education sessions including Desmond, DAFNE, carbohydrate counting and awareness are provided on a regular basis.  The post holder will also be involved with providing the dietary input in the rolling education programmes for other health care professionals.

About us

We are a department of 39 Dietitians, Nurses, Dietetic Assistants and Administrators providing an integrated dietetic service to the West Suffolk Hospital and the wider community.  The West Suffolk Dietetic service is a forward thinking, innovative department that is currently involved in several large-scale service development projects that aim to improve patient care and showcase the value of dietetics.  We fully support and encourage professional development opportunities within our service.

Please see job description and personal specification for further details.

If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Karen Orriss 01284 713609 or

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In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.


CAR PARKING - This post does not entitle you to apply to park on the Hospital site.  The Trust offer parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital.  Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack.


If required to work on a weekend, the restriction does not apply Parking is allowed on site Saturday and Sunday please visit the car park office before you leave site and the car park team will validate your parking at the staff daily rate.


For posts that include “on call” duties successful candidates will be able to access on site parking for their ‘on call’ rostered days only. Please provide details of your on call days to the car park office who will validate parking at the staff rate on these days only.


The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.


For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.


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We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

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