- Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
- Health & Social Care
- 37.5 hours, fixed term for 9 months
- £24,214 to £30,112 pa
- Job description
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.
We constantly strive to improve practice. Everyone in the team is involved in service audit, development and ‘blue sky’ meetings. Computerised patient records (SystmOne) are used, we are active on Twitter and we are keen to further enhance our use of apps, websites and social media.
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 dietitians and other specialist dietetic teams, providing seamless patient care. The Nutrition and Dietetic Department consists of 14 full time and 10 part time dietitians, 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.
Audit and service improvement are key to meeting the rising demands on our services. As such, we welcome ideas for development and progression from all team members.
The department has good access to IT support and operates a flexi time system.
Closing date: 12/07/2019
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