Specialist Nutrition Rehab is
currently recruiting for…
Associate Dietitian, contract/self-employed
Location: Anywhere in England, East Wales or Southern Scotland
(although preference given to London, South East and South West of England)
Application deadline: 20th June 2022 (23:59)
**both a cover letter and a CV are required to apply for this position (see below for more information)**
Are you a community dietitian with at least 8 years of experience who…
- Wants to work as a freelancer, but without all the stress and hassle of running your own business?
- Wants to join a rapidly growing, private dietetic company and be a valued member of each client’s multi-disciplinary team?
- Has been looking for a rewarding opportunity to use every single skill that you were trained to use, from reviewing medications and blood test results, to advocating for clients, assisting with capacity assessments, accompanying clients to private gastroenterology appointments and developing personalised action plans for clients? The opportunities are endless!
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this exciting opportunity to join the Specialist Nutrition Rehab team could be the perfect role for you!
We are ideally recruiting for the London, South-East or South-West of England area, although candidates in other parts of the country are welcome to apply as well.
Specialist Nutrition Rehab offers privately funded, comprehensive and cutting-edge community dietetic services across England and Wales, helping adults with a brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic injury and/or taste and smell loss within the medico-legal sector. These are complex clients with multiple health conditions and their special needs often cannot be being met through statutory services alone.
We are a rapidly growing company and our team currently consists of our Director, two Associate Dietitians, a Remote Business Manager and an Executive Assistant. As the company is expanding, we are now looking for 1-2 more Associate Dietitians to join us!
This role is for you if…
- You are currently working part-time (or looking to reduce hours) in the NHS or already working as a locum or freelancer and looking for a new opportunity to enhance your freelance career.
- You love a clinical challenge and thrive on thinking creatively, holistically and “outside the box” regarding ways to help clients solve their dietetic issues.
- You thrive on having adequate time for consultations, to really get to know your clients and get to the root cause of whatever dietetic challenge they are facing.
- You enjoy working intensively with clients 1:1 to help them meet their nutrition and health goals.
- Dietetic registration with the HCPC;
- A minimum of 8 years of experience as a dietitian, with preference given to those who have experience working with individual with varying cognitive abilities;
- Have some flexibility within your existing role (and some availability for us on Tues, Weds and/or Thurs ideally);
- Happy to be self-employed (as a limited company or sole trader);
- Have experience working in the community or working with an established multi-disciplinary team;
- Open to a structured induction and supervision programme for the first 6 months to support your role within SNR;
- Have a great eye for detail (this should be one of your strongest traits);
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Have excellent report writing skills;
- Have excellent computer skills;
- Drive and have access to a vehicle (for some home visits and MDT meetings);
- Have professional indemnity insurance;
- Willing to complete an enhanced DBS check; and
- Have COVID vaccinations (at least 3 doses).
What SNR can offer you
- Remote working (primarily) – though some travel will be required for home visits or MDT meetings.
- Flexible hours – Clients prefer appointments Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm but Associate Dietitians can complete admin work at any time (as long as adequate measures are put in place to maintain client confidentiality).
- Adequate time to spend with clients – in our eyes, 30-45 minute sessions with clients isn’t sufficient to be able to see meaningful changes to a client’s nutritional outcomes. That’s why we offer 2-hour initial appointments, 1 hour review appointments as well as support between dietetic sessions, to help client’s reach their goals.
- Progression in working hours – you will likely work 10-20 hours per MONTH initially, with the scope to progress to 60-80 hours per MONTH as you take on more cases (note: hours are not guaranteed).
- No marketing and sales required to attract clients – we take care of all of that so you can focus on client care.
- Payment for ALL client-contact hours and client-related tasks – including writing notes/reports, GP letters, phone calls, emails, travel time/mileage and attendance at MDT meetings. A flat payment rate of 9-12 hours is provided for initial assessments (depending on level of complexity).
- Support with CPD/professional development – many opportunities will be available for you to learn new skills that will assist you in offering our clients the best dietetic care.
Tasks and responsibilities
Associate dietitians are contracted to:
- Conduct in depth and holistic initial assessments and then provide an extensive written report on the findings.
- Set goals with clients which must then be achieved within the agreed time frame.
- Offer review appointments every 2-4 weeks with more frequent contact by video or chat messaging as required.
- Offer appointments either virtually or in the client’s home or care facility. Extensive travel is sometimes required.
- Attend MDT meeting and private consultant appointments.
- Write update reports and care plans at regular intervals.
- Write action plans after each client appointment.
- Write letters to GP’s and consultants.
- Complete diet analyses on client food records.
- Offer education sessions to support workers.
How to apply
Please submit a CV and a cover letter answering the following questions:
- Why would you be a perfect for this role?
- How does this position fit into your long-term career goals?
- Give an example of a positive experience you have had of working within an MDT and how this affected patient outcomes
- Where did you hear about this position?
- Please also include all social media links including LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Applications and queries should be sent to:
Nevine El-Sherbini, Remote Business Manager
Application deadline: Monday 20th June 2022
Suitable candidates will be contacted to arrange a 15-30 minute phone call with Sheri Taylor, Director at Specialist Nutrition Rehab. Sheri will give an overview of the position and answer any questions. Anyone who is suitable and who wishes to progress further, will then be offered an interview (which will include completion of a case study and written report).
FAQ’s for Applicants
Who are SNR clients and how are they referred?
SNR clients are adults with a brain injury, spinal cord injury and/or orthopaedic injury, who are typically injured due to a road traffic accident, accident at work or medico-negligence. All of our clients are either in litigation or have an insurance claim following their injury, which is how they can afford to pay for private dietetic (and other AHP) services.
Clients usually have a case manager appointed to oversee their care and to source the appropriate health professionals. It is usually the case manager who identifies that there is a dietetic need and refers the client to us. Clients are usually referred for management of existing health issues (eg IBS; diabetes; obesity) and to support the clients’ rehabilitation through weight optimisation, fatigue management and smell/taste loss management
When is dietetic treatment typically requested?
Dietetic treatment can be requested at any time following a client’s injury (from months to years after the fact). We only accept clients who have been discharged from the acute setting.
Who are the main key players and what is their role in the management of the client’s rehabilitation?
Multi-disciplinary teams are essential to the successful rehabilitation of the client’s injury. There are a wide range of disciplines involved, as part of the rehabilitation and litigation processes. This includes their case manager, solicitor, dietitian, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, support workers and the client’s family.
How long are consultations?
Initial assessments are 2 hours. Review appointments are typically 1 hour, though this may vary based on client needs. The frequency of appointments is agreed between the dietitian and client, although typically occur every 2-4 weeks. There is sometimes text/whatsapp messaging or emails between appointments.
What are the main responsibilities of associate dietitians?
- Assessment or review of client (home visits or video calls).
- Writing notes, reports and/or GP letters.
- Communicating with the patient, family, support workers and/or team members by phone, email or text messaging.
- Attendance at multi-disciplinary team meetings.
- Referring and accompanying clients to private consultant appointments (eg. gastroenterology).
- Inter-professional telephone calls/emails.
- Client reviews with the company director.
- Training sessions for support workers or other AHP’s (including preparation work).
- Development of meal plans, client resources or action plans.
- Nutrient analysis of current diet, meal plan or recipes.
- Other dietetic activity mutually agreed with the client and case manager.