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Job Reference: 416-PC5252

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
416 Dietetics Community
£24,214 to £30,112 pa

Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.

The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust. Under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. All key services will remain on both sites and will be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care

Job Title: Community Clinical and Food First Dietician

Name of Department: Nutrition and Dietetics

Band: 5

Hours: 37.5 hours, Fixed term to cover Maternity leave (part time would be considered)

Closing Date: 19/05/2019

Expected Interview date: late May 2019


An opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic and supportive team. This is the ideal post to start your career, giving a wide range of general experience with access to support and mentoring.


Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.


If you would like to come and see the department and meet the team e mail Audra or Bernice at If you are unable to attend but would like to discuss any details of the post please contact Audra Coulthard, Community Clinical Team Lead or Bernice Chiswell, Food First Project Lead on 01234 792171.


What will I be doing in my new role?


You will be working on the frontline for Nutrition and Dietetics, interacting with the expanding primary care teams, as services increasingly move to a community focus. Your role will be an exciting opportunity to combine clinical practice with the Food First Project.

You will carry a caseload of patients across a variety of settings, including community clinics, care homes and domiciliary visits. Patient types commonly seen include obesity, type 2 diabetes, IBS, nutrition support, oncology, enteral feeding, basic paediatrics, hyperlipidaemia .

We are proud to have a successful Food First Project and PUFFINS (Pressure Ulcer Food First Initiative) champions which have made significant cost savings whilst optimising patient care. We run a variety of training courses, including multidisciplinary training for care homes. Auditing is a key part of the role, both in care homes and primary care.

We also offer talks to groups of patients, for example Pulmonary Rehabilitation and have stands at public health events such as the Ageing Well Exhibition. These talks and events offer further opportunities for multi-disciplinary working. There are regular opportunities to get involved in other specialties within the community team e.g. home enteral feeding (HEF), as we support each other with varying caseloads.

What about the department I will join?


The community dietetic team are uniquely placed within the hospital setting, enabling us to liaise with the acute dieticians and other specialist dietetic teams, providing seamless patient care. The Nutrition and Dietetic Department consists of 14 full time and 10 part time dieticians, 3 dietetic assistants and a secretarial team. Other specialist dietetic teams include gastroenterology, oncology, specialist obesity, Food First, diabetes and paediatrics. Ad hoc support and clinical supervision is always available across the teams, both in group sessions with your band five peers and in one to ones with more senior colleagues. We take your professional development and areas of interest seriously, encouraging both internal and external CPD, including a structured feedback programme within the department.

We enjoy training and assessing student dietitians from the University of Hertfordshire.

We constantly strive to improve practice. Everyone in the team is involved in service audit, development and ‘blue sky’ meetings.

What personal attributes will be helpful for the role?


Although we have a very strong learning and development function, the following skills acquired through placements and/or previous posts, will help your time with us to be a real success (full person specification attached on NHS Jobs):


  1. Strong clinical reasoning - working with specialist dieticians/team colleagues for support.

  2. Good communication skills - able to relate to people of varying abilities and market the nutrition message to the other health and care professionals you work with.

  3. Excellent organisational ability – prioritising your busy and varied workload, whilst achieving targets.


Come and meet the team ?

If you are interested in this post why not come and meet the team and find out how we work and the support and opportunities we can offer you. If you would like to meet us on Wed 15th May at 4pm, email : and head it “Meet the Team “ or ring us on 01234 795965.


Graduating Summer 2019?

Although we are ideally looking for someone to start soon, our priority is to recruit the best candidate for this role. If you are not registered, when completing the online form you may have to answer “yes” to this, but make it clear in the text that you are awaiting registration.


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Want to know more?


Bedford Hospital provides a wide range of services which include beds for Care of the Elderly, ENT, General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery and Urology. A modern Accident and Emergency Department and Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of twelve beds.


Bedford Hospital is situated in a beautiful part of the UK, in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedford is a riverside town whilst being only forty minutes from central London. Bedford is one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan towns in the UK with over fifty different ethnic groups represented.


Candidate Care

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).

Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Equality & Diversity and Inclusion

Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.

The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.


We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.

Probationary Period

For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is Four weeks.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

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

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