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NHS AfC: Band 7
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum
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COVID-19 Vacancy Specialist Dietitian

NHS AfC: Band 7

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

We are looking to add experienced Dieticians to our bankpool at Blackpool Hopsital

At Blackpool Teaching Hospitals you would have opportunities to develop your professional capability by networking with other dietitians working into multiple service areas across the Trust. There will be opportunities to utilise all aspects of your knowledge and skill base and to contribute to the strong and growing presence of dietetics in the Trust.

You will be provided with a laptop to enable remote working where appropriate to service needs and a good work-life balance. You will work within a team which will include - Rehab Consultant, OT, Physio, Speech and Language Therapy, Case Manager, Nursing, Rehab Assistants and Admin Support.

We have a forward looking senior leadership team in the Trust who support a compassionate model of leadership that we would wish to see applied in developing the remit of this role.  

As a Trust, we recommend that individuals employed in patient facing roles, or those located on a ward or department where patients receive a service are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Main duties of the job

As required by individual service managers to provide nutritional support to various areas across the trust. Using trusts systems and integrating into Multidisciplinary Teams across acute and community dietetic services.

Working for our organisation

This is a new post that will work into areas that have had positive experiences of dietetics and you will work with senior and junior colleagues to help shape services and dietetic interventions and will have a vision and ‘can-do attitude’ that will reflect your ability to build bridges, bring people on board and facilitate positive change at all levels.

We employ more than 6,500 staff, and if you have the right skills and values we would love you to be one of them.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To act as a specialist dietitian and a lead clinician within the integrated community stroke and neuro rehabilitation service; a responsive and person centred service, delivering the best client outcomes through supporting and optimising peoples recovery at home, meeting their physical, mental health and social care needs and bridging the transition between acute hospital, primary and community care settings.
  • To be responsible for establishing and leading the provision of a defined area of nutrition and dietetics within the INCSNR and other contracted users of the service.
  • To lead the dietetic provision of service using a high level of knowledge, skills and experience as an independent practitioner.
  • To deliver a high quality, evidence based dietetic service to a specialised area. To act autonomously in the management of an adult caseload with a varying degree of nutritional complexity.
  • To act as an expert nutritional resource within the defined specialist area and to educate and train patients and carers, dietetic students and other health professionals within the Trust.
  • To contribute to the Trust’s clinical governance programme by taking a lead within the specialist area for audit, development and implementation of evidence based guidelines/protocols/policies and continuing professional development.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc (Hons) Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics / post graduate diploma or equivalent
  • Registration with the HCPC
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Teaching and training skills eg. clinical supervisory skills/ training for student training/ communication skill training / counselling skills training
  • Experience in specialist field to master’s level or equivalent
  • Member of relevant specialist interest groups
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at specialist group meetings of BDA
  • Attendance at relevant multi-disciplinary courses/conferences


Essential criteria
  • Skilled in the development of nutritional care plans
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in specialism
  • Skilled in assessment in specialist area
  • Experience of working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Specialist knowledge and experience relevant to specialism and complex alternative feeding
  • Skilled in the development of nutritional care plans
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in specialism
  • Skilled in assessment in specialist area
  • Experience of working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Experience with student training including supervision
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Awareness of research methods and audit skills to inform and evaluate practice.
  • Keeps up to date with clinical developments, with evidence of contributions to clinical meetings / journal clubs
  • Knowledge and appreciation of clinical governance issues
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of establishing a new area of service


Essential criteria
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritise clinical caseload
  • IT skills e.g. word processing, use of dietary analysis packages, preparation of power point presentations, internet use
  • Ability to teach small and large groups
  • Ability to be self motivated and work autonomously as an independent practitioner
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to influence and negotiate to enable changes in culture and practice
  • Good time management, planning and organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Able to respond to unpredictable work patterns
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of leadership training or course

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kirk Raymond
Job title
Deputy Head of Therapies
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01253 951665
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