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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/09/2022.

Specialist Dietitian for Older People and Frailty

Job Reference: 274-LPFT8300

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Witham Court
£32,306 to £39,027 pro rata

Here at LPFT, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

We employ around 2,700 staff who are pivotal in our success.

Do you want to join a Trust rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England, located in a county heralded as a fantastic place to live and work?

We provide mental health, learning disability and autism services to a local population of over 755,000 across 45 sites, as well as specialist services for children and young people.

Are you a dietitian who has the skills and passion to improve service for Older People with mental health needs?

The Older People and Frailty Division has an exciting new role for a Band 6 dietitian to support the development of our Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach to older adults within our Acute Mental Health and Specialist Dementia Pathway. In this role you will play an active role in supporting the provision of specialist treatment/intervention for patients who are older adults with complex mental health, dementia combined with frailty and physical health care needs.

About the Post
The Dietetic work will vary between a direct caseload, possibly group work and providing indirect support and advice to teams. The clinical work would include delivering nutrition support, weight management and a food first approach. The post holder will provide a full Dietetic assessment of a clients’ needs, resulting in an individualised dietetic plan for clients and work in close collaboration with the clinical teams, Speech and Language Team and wider multi-disciplinary team to provide specialist advice on feeding regimes.

Candidates should be a Registered Dietitian, preferably with some experience of working in a mental health setting, with excellent communication and IT skills. A working knowledge of the needs of older adults and frailty would be beneficial to the post.

We have a robust clinical supervision structures and you would have opportunities to receive formal and informal training. You will receive regular clinical supervision, with a strong emphasis placed on Continued Professional Development.

We are looking for a Specialist Dietitian with:
• A degree / postgraduate diploma (or equivalent) in Dietetics, registration with HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and membership of the BDA (British Dietetic Association)
• Experience in the field of mental health evidenced by sound clinical knowledge
• Experience of working in inpatient/acute settings would also be beneficial
• An understanding of older adults and frailty needs
• Excellent communication / time management skills
• Enthusiasm, motivation and passion

About The Division
The Older People and Frailty Division provides assessment and support for older people who have memory impairment or mental health issues. We provide support across a range of services, including memory assessment and support, mental health, intensive home treatment, community and inpatient services. We have proven expertise; providing the highest level of care for patients who are looking for the best treatment and support.

We are currently reviewing our services and pathways and this is an exciting time to join our team to provide leadership, clinical expertise within our acute services.

As a Division, we are committed in supporting you to achieve your potential and this is an outstanding opportunity for you to make a significant impact on how services are delivered and how our staff are developed to ensure excellent care for service users experiencing Mental Health issues.

About The Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) is a mental health and learning disability organisation, responsible for community and inpatient care, throughout Lincolnshire. It is a high performing and financially sound organisation which is rated highest for staff morale in the national staff survey, and overall 2nd highest for mental health (for organisations who use Picker); and has a ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ rating for well-led (CQC).

LPFT’s ambition is to be a Great Employer and Outstanding organisation for the people it serves and wants local people, service users and carers to have much more engagement, involvement and influence over how services are designed and delivered as we move into a system approach that takes into consideration the holistic needs of a person living in their local community.

I would welcome any contact from prospective candidates or those who want to know more For further details / informal visits please contact Service Manager Lisa Pratt on 07583 131432

We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+), staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the county within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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