Specialist Learning Disability Dietitian – Norwich, Norfolk

Specialist Learning Disability Dietitian


Norwich, Norfolk


Specialist Learning Disability Dietitian

Band 6

Main area
Band 6
Full time – 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday)
Job ref
County Hall
£33,706 – £40,588 p.a
Salary period
26/02/2023 23:59

NCH&C is proud to be the first standalone NHS community trust in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our focus is on continually improving the quality of care we offer to local people and on improving access to that care, helping people to move seamlessly from one service to another. Praising NCH&C’s “compassionate, inclusive and effective leadership at all levels”, the CQC observed that our staff are well supported to make positive changes and innovations.

Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust is committed to continuing to create a modern and inclusive work environment. As part of this commitment we actively promote flexible working opportunities where possible, to meet the needs and wishes of our workforce to maintain and improve their wellbeing. The trust offers a range of flexibility, including flexible working patterns, and we would encourage you to discuss this with the recruiting manager before or during the application process if this would interest you.

We welcome applications from people who share our values and can help us deliver outstanding care in our local community.

Job overview

Specialist Learning Disability Dietitian (Band 6)

37.5 hours per week


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to work within the Norfolk Learning Disability Service.

Learning disabilities is a challenging yet rewarding area to work in. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join a friendly team of band 6 dietitians and a band 7 team lead. The learning disability dietetic team is closely aligned to five locality based teams across Norfolk which are integrated with social care therefore multi-disciplinary working is a key element within this role.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will hold and manage their own caseload of patients. You will assess and treat patients for a wide range of nutritional concerns and liaise with acute specialist dietitians regionally, as well as with Addenbrookes and London teams who provide specialist services. You will also be involved in providing training and education to patients, carers and other support staff such as: nutrition support & dysphagia. There will be opportunities to become involved in-service development and quality improvements.  

Whilst you will be line managed and supervised by the team lead you will be supported by the whole team, as well as support from the learning disability health team manager for that locality.

Your base is likely to be County Hall as you will be working predominantly within the City and East LD Team. However, this is negotiable and will be taken into consideration with the needs of the service. You may be expected to provide input and cover county wide as needed, therefore travel is required. Whilst you will have an office base, alternative working arrangements eg: working from home/other sites are a key feature of this role. Flexible working arrangements can be discussed.

The dietetic learning disability team are part of a wider community dietetic team who are based at Thorpe Health Centre. Free parking is available on site.

Working for our organisation

Come and join an outstanding organisation, as rated by the CQC, where we value our staff.

The dietetic department hold regular peer review sessions, shared lunch and learns and away days. NCHC also have many internal learning opportunities. The Trust takes a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service, all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NCHC’s trust values of Community, Compassion and Creativity.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To manage own specialist caseload and provide nutritional and dietetic advice in specialist area to medical, health care professionals and other agencies.
  • To assess plan and implement treatment programmes and monitor patients in a variety of settings, offering therapeutic dietary advice and education, to address patient’s complex and changing needs.
  • To lead service development within own clinical area with support from the team leader and contribute to the nutrition and dietetic service as a whole through participation in service development.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration in Dietetics
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism or equivalent knowledge
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course for training student dietitians or equivalent supervising experience
  • Accredited BDA courses in specialist area e.g. Diabetes/ Paediatrics or equivalent

Desirable criteria
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Member of relevant Specialist BDA Group e.g.: Mental Health Group
  • Driving Licence (Adjustments can be made for candidates with a disability)


Essential criteria
  • Significant post registration experience, some of which should be in the specialist area
  • Experience of teaching nutrition and dietetics to patients and healthcare professionals including group teaching Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in audit and/or research
  • Good Clinical knowledge and experience in specialist area e.g. paediatrics, diabetes
  • Competent to use specialist equipment for anthropometric measurements e.g. skinfold callipers
  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good time management and ability to prioritise workload
  • Commitment to engage in CPD and appraisal system
  • Ability to reflect and appraise own performance
  • Ability to deal with distressed patients/relatives/carers and staff
  • Counselling skills
  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • Behaviour change skills
  • Computer literate – including the ability to use Word, PowerPoint and Excel software

Personal and people development

Essential criteria
  • Good teaching and presentation skills and experience of teaching a variety of NHS/non-NHS staff and patients.
  • Supervisory skills

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust’s Behaviour Framework)

Essential criteria
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Effective team member
  • Ability to be assertive as appropriate
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NCHC’s trust values of Community, Compassion and Creativity


Essential criteria
  • Must hold full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle (if applicable)
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

Equal Opportunities – We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Disability Confident Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification). All sites are Smoke Free.

Immigration Status  – Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust is a diverse employer and welcomes all job applications. However, potential applicants should note that although the Trust is registered with the Home Office as a sponsor organisation for migrant workers, this is only against Tier 2 (General) visas. If you are a migrant worker from outside of the European Economic Area and do not already hold a self-gained right to work, we recommend you check the Home Office eligibility requirements before making an application.

Redeployment  - Please note that in the first instance priority for this vacancy will be given to NCH&C staff who are on the Trusts Redeployment Register.

DBS – If this post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and you are not a current employee of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust or being recruited as an Apprentice then the cost of the DBS check will be automatically removed from your first month’s salary. However if you are registered with the update service this may not be required.

Closing and Interview Dates-This vacancy may close early if sufficient applicants are received.

Data ProtectionA privacy notice detailing how we will handle your data is attached to this advert as a document. Your application will be transferred to our recruitment management system (Trac) once the advert has closed and you will receive notification then detailing how Trac will handle your data.

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mel Goodall
Job title
Lead Learning Disability Dietitian
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
Additional information

Jo Gravells

Dietetic Service Lead

01603 216021

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