Responsibilities
  • Undertake nutritional assessments of patients with a range of complex medical conditions
  • Educate and advise patients with diet-related disorders on the practical ways in which they can improve their health and prevent disease by adopting healthier eating habits
  • Devise, monitor, review and improve nutritional care plans
  • Deliver group sessions to a range of audiences, such as children and patients
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to gain patients' cooperation in following recommended dietary treatments
  • Liaise with hospital staff and external agencies to ensure the smooth transition of patients discharged from hospital back into the community so that they can continue with their diet plan
  • Promote good health by informing the public about diet and nutrition
  • Educate other healthcare professionals about food and nutrition issues
  • Advise hospital catering departments about any specific patient dietary requirements
  • Support schools in the provision of healthy school meals
  • Run clinics in hospital outpatients departments or GP surgeries
  • Record all assessments and interventions, write reports and case notes and maintain accurate records
  • Prepare information packs, flyers and other promotional materials.
Requirements
 
  • An interest in and knowledge of the scientific aspects of food
  • An interest in working in a care-based setting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to explain complex ideas simply
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop relationships with patients/carers
  • Team working skills to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team
  • The ability to prioritise your work and manage a caseload
  • Time management skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • IT skills to record and access patient records
  • A positive attitude and the ability to motivate others
  • Understanding and tact to deal with sensitive issues
  • Negotiation skills to help patients overcome barriers and create positive change
  • Caring and compassionate approach to other peoples' feelings
  • Willingness to keep up to date with current nutrition information and research.