Are you interested in a career in the field of mental health Dietetics? We are currently looking for an enthusiastic Registered Dietitian to join our team of Dietitians working within a specialist CAMHS setting.
What we do
The Huntercombe group is one of the country’s leading specialist healthcare providers with hospitals and centres throughout England and Scotland delivering wide-ranging services in adult mental health and learning disabilities, specialist brain injury, and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) including services for those with eating disorders and social care for children with additional needs. Our aspiration is to nurture the world, one person at a time, and that’s why everything we do is designed to provide the best care and recovery for our patients and residents.
At Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead we support young people who are experiencing significant mental health difficulties requiring inpatient admission. We have a total of 60 beds across four wards: two PICUs (Psychiatric Intensive Care Units), one GAU (General Adolescent Unit), and one Specialist Eating Disorder unit. We have recently been rated as “good” by CQC and “good” by Ofsted.
The PICUs (Thames and Severn) are secure units that provide psychiatric treatment to young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and pose a high level of risk to themselves or others. Tamar is a 10-bedded GAU that supports young people with complex mental health issues and provides a safe environment to work through their difficulties. Kennet is a 20-bedded female-only facility that provides a treatment program for young people with eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and other restrictive eating disorders such as Atypical Anorexia Nervosa and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
The vacant post involves working primarily with young people on Kennet ward, a specialist 20-bed eating disorders unit but also involves providing advice and guidance to multi-disciplinary teams across site. The role comprises a varied caseload including dietary restriction and associated compensatory behaviours, enteral feeding, diabetes, weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies & intolerances, and eating disorders.
Who we are looking for
We are seeking a highly motivated HCPC-registered Dietitian to join our well-established therapies team comprising Dietitians, Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Family Therapists and Systemic Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Creative Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. The Dietetic team at Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead comprises a Lead Dietitian (which will be the post-holder), one Band 6 Dietitian and one Dietetic Assistant.
The successful applicant will have a minimum qualification of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and be registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). They will ideally be working at Band 6 level with experience of supervising junior staff and experience in supporting individuals with eating disorders and/or mental health diffiuclties. The post-holder will be expected to work at an appropriate level of autonomy alongside senior members of the team and be involved in day-to-day decision making on the wards. We are seeking to recruit a Dietitian who has demonstrable skills in engaging individuals and working in a person-centred way to support them in achieving their goals. The applicant will recognise the value of group and individual therapy in achieving these aims, as well as working with the wider MDT to ensure that a shared formulation is held within young people’s professional networks, both within and outside of the hospital. They will have a strong commitment to advocating for young people and families, ensuring that their needs and wishes remain at the centre of their care.
The successful applicant will be keen to apply their existing skills to working in a Tier 4 setting with young people and their families and will be interested in the application of evidence-based approaches to our population. They will value working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and will understand the importance of working alongside other professionals to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people.
The successful applicant will be committed to improving the wellbeing of young people and families, as well as their colleagues. In return we can offer you:
The opportunity to work with innovative, passionate teams who value Dietetic care, and are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our young people
An organisation that is committed to offering CPD opportunities to its staff and developing them in their roles
A thorough induction programme tailored to the individual units and the hospital
Clear pay structure with competitive rates
Generous annual leave entitlement
Sick pay of 4 weeks full pay and 4 weeks half pay
The opportunity to participate in a company contributory pension scheme with up to 3% matching contributions
Maternity leave at 3 months’ full pay and 3 months’ half pay (up to a maximum salary of £50k)
2 weeks’ paid paternity leave
Shared parental leave matching the maternity leave benefit
Death in service benefit equivalent to 2x salary
A range of staff discounts
Opportunities for training and development
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)