Specialist Nutrition Rehab is
currently recruiting for…
Job role: Associate Dietitian, contract
Location: Anywhere in England, East Wales or Southern Scotland
Have you ever wanted the freedom and flexibility of working for yourself, without all of the stress and hassle of running your own business? Do you ever wish you had more time to spend with your patients, so that you could give them all of the help and support that they deserve? Then this is the job for you!
Specialist Nutrition Rehab is a rapidly-growing company within the medico-legal sector. We provide privately-funded community dietetic services across England and Wales to adults with a brain injury, spinal cord injury or orthopaedic injury.
Specialist Nutrition Rehab offers a comprehensive, cutting-edge and evidence-based dietetic practice for clients after a catastrophic injury. Our goal is to maximise our clients’ nutrition, weight and health to enhance their recovery and allow them to lead healthy, active lives. We also want to help them rediscover the joy of food and eating after a catastrophic 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 a passionate, dynamic and creative dietitian to join our team as an associate.
- Flexible hours
- Work from home (but some travel required)
- 10-20 hours per month initially, but the right person could quickly progress to 15-20 hours per week (note: hours are not guaranteed)
- CPD/professional development is supported and many opportunities will be available
The dietitian will be expected to conduct in depth and holistic initial assessments and then provide an extensive written report on the findings. Assessments and reports must be completed in a very specific way to meet the needs of our clients and the referring parties. Extensive training and support will be provided to the successful applicant on how to do this. Appropriate client goals and targets will need to be set, and review appointments will be funded to ensure that these goals are then met.
Dietetic input is generally required to support clients with one or more of the following issues:
- 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 depending on what is requested by the multi-disciplinary team. 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.
- Must complete an enhanced DBS check.
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. A flat rate is provided for initial assessments.
Associates will be contracted on a self-employed basis. Hours are not guaranteed and will be highly irregular at first (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 (up to 15-20 hours per week) 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 the following:
- your CV; and
- a 1-2 page cover letter outlining why you would be perfect for this role, how the position fits into your long-term career goals and where you heard about the position.
Suitable candidates will then be contacted to arrange a 15-30 minute phone call to give an overview of the position and answer any questions. Anyone who wishes to progress further will then be offered a longer meeting to determine if the role is right for them.
Application deadline: 4th July 2021 (23:59)
Applications and enquiries can be made to:
Sheri Taylor, Director and Specialist Rehab Dietitian
0121 384 7087 or 07787 603 863