Specialist Nutrition Rehab is
currently recruiting for…
Job role: Associate Dietitian, contract
Location: Anywhere in England
Have you ever wanted the freedom and flexibility of working for yourself without all of the stress and hassle of running your own business? Have you ever wished you had more time to spend with your patients so you could give them all of the help and support that they need and deserve? Then this is the job for you!
Specialist Nutrition Rehab provides privately-funded community dietetic services across England and Wales to adults and children with a brain injury, spinal cord injury or orthopaedic injury. These are complex clients with multiple health conditions and their special needs often cannot be being met through statutory services alone. We are currently looking for passionate and creative dietitians to join our team.
- Flexible hours
- Work from home
- 10-20 hours per month initially (not guaranteed) but with considerable scope to increase this over time
The dietitian will be expected to conduct in depth and holistic initial assessments and review appointments to help clients:
- manage existing health issues (eg. IBS, diabetes, coeliac disease, dysphagia, pressure sores);
- optimise their weight (most have gained or lost significant amounts of weight after their injury);
- help the client maximise their potential for rehabilitation (eg. Manage fatigue levels).
Appointments may be conducted virtually or in the client’s home or care facility. Extensive written reports are required on a regular basis which include setting appropriate client goals and targets which must then be achieved. Appointment times are flexible and can be arranged at any time which is suitable for the client (the majority prefer daytime appointments but weekday evenings and weekends can also be accommodated). Attendance at multi-disciplinary team meetings may also be required (in person or by video). Significant travel is sometimes required to remote locations and so candidates must have their own vehicle.
- Must be dietitian registered with the HCPC.
- Must have a minimum of 5 years experience as a dietitian with preference given to those who have experience working with individual with varying cognitive abilities.
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Must have excellent report writing skills.
- Must have excellent computer skills.
- Must drive and have access to a vehicle.
- Must have professional indemnity insurance.
Associate Dietitians can complete admin work in their own home as long as adequate measures are put in place to maintain client confidentiality. Unlike typical freelance dietitian work, Associate Dietitians will be paid for: client-contact hours, writing notes/reports, GP letters, phone calls, emails, travel time/mileage and attendance at MDT meetings. Practice Better is the electronic patient record system in place. Professional development is supported and many opportunities will be available.
Associates will be contracted on a self-employed basis. This allows you to pick and choose which cases you take on, but you will need to be responsive to any clients on your caseload. Hours are not guaranteed and will be highly irregular (estimated 10-20 hours/month initially), but the aim is for you to see your clients’ cases through in their entirety. There will be considerable scope in the future to expand your hours and increase the number of cases that you take on. Funding is generally approved for an initial assessment and report, and then we often have to wait a few weeks to a few months for additional funding to be approved for follow up appointments. Sometimes clients don’t need to be seen again after the initial appointment and other times, they may remain on your caseload for several years. Follow ups are generally every 2-4 weeks. More frequent contact by video or chat messaging is often required.
How to apply & contact details
Please submit your CV, and a 1-2 page cover letter outlining why you would be perfect for this role and how the position fits into your long-term career goals. Suitable candidates will then be contacted to arrange an initial meeting.
Application deadline: 6th December 2020
Enquiries can be made to:
Sheri Taylor, Director and Specialist Rehab Dietitian
0121 384 7087 or 07787 603 863