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Dietician – Hospitals

  • Location: Cardiff
  • Salary: Band 6/7


Iris Care Group has an exciting new opportunity for (a) Dietician to support our Hospitals in Wales.

Employing over 1,600 people, Iris Care Group is the largest independent health and social care provider across the Southwest of England and South Wales. We provide innovative, effective, and forward-thinking care for adults with specialist mental healthcare needs.

With over 90% of staff saying they enjoy their job; we are proud to have created environments where our staff feel rewarded and fulfilled. Work for us and you’ll go home knowing that you’ve made a difference.


What will you receive?

  • Annual salary of Band 6/7
  • Holiday allowance of 25 days per annum and 8 bank holidays
  • Industry-leading training
  • Employee Assistance Program – free 24/7 confidential helpline (domestic, financial, legal, health support, etc.)
  • High street retail discount scheme
  • ‘Recognise Me’, our new staff benefits, wellbeing and recognition platform
  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • No zero-hour contracts
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Death in service


Iris Care Group also offers a ‘refer a friend’ scheme: where you could earn as much as £1000* for every new staff member you successfully introduce.


Overall Objective

  • To manage a specialist case load of patients with complex nutritional needs, using evidence based and person-centred principles, to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment
  • To manage all service resources effectively.
  • To take responsibility as an autonomous practitioner in planning and developing a dietetic service with a range of adults with complex needs in older persons mental health/ mental health and learning disability


Qualifications and Training

Degree or equivalent in Nutritional Sciences. Experience of working within a Health setting.


Health and Safety

All employees have a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Employees are required to co-operate with management to enable Iris Care Group to meet its own legal duties and to report any hazardous situations or defective equipment.


Role Responsibilities


  • Complete full assessment of patient’s nutritional status, using appropriate anthropometric, biochemical and medical records and identify their nutritional requirements.
  • Devise core and specialist nutritional treatment plans e.g. diabetes, weight reducing, food intolerance, enteral nutrition, renal nutrition, disordered eating.
  • Implement specialist group and individual treatments to achieve goals.
  • Use patient centred motivation techniques to effect nutritional behaviour change.
  • Evaluate and modify interventions using appropriate outcome measures.
  • Practice in accordance with legislation according to your clinical area.



  • Communicate with patients, using the most appropriate verbal, written or pictorial method, in a way that respects their view, autonomy and culture.
  • Translate key nutritional messages into simple ideas and language that can be easily understood by the client group.
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the clinical team and share information with the team members formally and informally through morning meetings/huddles/CTP and CPAs and MDT notes.
  • Liaise with other departments within the service and beyond.


Catering Liaison

  • Ensure the menu meets the ethically, cultural and health needs of all our patient groups.
  • Ensure that the food choices meet National Nutritional Standards.
  • Audit catering meals as prescribed to the service users.
  • Support Training with staff to provide good meal time care.


Clinical Governance and Quality Standards

  • Initiate and contribute to Clinical Governance and Quality Agenda Activity within the organisation.
  • Attend statutory and mandatory training.
  • Actively undertake measures to meet targets for organisational Key Performance indicators.
  • Participate in Clinical Audit Programme.


Research and Practice Development

  • Promote and engage in practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities to implement evidence-based practice.
  • Share and disseminate research findings with professional colleagues in the interest of practice development.
  • To act as a source of expertise in relation to dietetic therapy for the multidisciplinary team.



  • Participate and take the lead role in the specialist education and training of professional and clinical colleagues.
  • Participate in and contribute to continuing professional development.
  • Lead education and training events for colleagues.


Professional Ethics

  • To adhere to relevant Health Profession Council regulations and other codes of professional conduct.
  • Adhere to all organisational policies and procedures.
  • To work within the provisions of the Mental Health Act (1983)


Service Development

  • Initiate and participate in development activities within the clinical area.
  • Ensure where possible service users are involved in the future service planning and delivery.


Professional Ethics

  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities identified in supervision and PDR.
  • Maintain professional portfolio in line with Health Professions Council requirements.
  • Develop and maintain links with others in specialist area of work, utilising regional and national networks.
  • Keep abreast of new initiatives and recommendations from relevant organisations ensuring that practice is evidence based and current.


The above list of duties is not exhaustive and may be modified from time to time in accordance with the development of the service and the employee.

Key Measurables


  • Through Continuing Professional Development file in line with HCPC.
  • Through evidence based supervisions.



Qualifications and Training


  • Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent dietetic qualification
  • Registered to practice by HCPC
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD training.


  • Post- Graduate Courses. ( MSc)
  • Students Supervisors course.
  • Driving licence





  • Experience of specified client group.
  • Minimum of 3 years post qualifications in specified area ie. Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Physical Health and Forensics.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and work independently across sites


  • Evidence of additional work experience.
  • Experience in supervision of staff.
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with a range of mental health professionals.



All staff who work in a service that is registered with Care Inspectorate for Wales (CIW) will be required to register with Social Care Wales from 1st October 2022.  You must also be prepared to work towards/undertake the necessary qualifications to meet the requirements to register.

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