RQ836 Staff Grade Dietitian

Job Title & Grade: 0.5 Part Time Staff Grade Dietitian, Permanent
Campaign Reference: RQ836
Closing Date : Wednesday 10 th January 2024 by Midnight
Proposed Interview Date: Week commencing 15th January 2024
Taking Up Appointment: As soon as possible

Informal enquires: Jackie Boyle at jboyle@peamount.ie or 01 6010326

Location of Post: Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin
Details of Service :

Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. We help people return home after a serious illness, we provide safe and homely residential care for those who need it, and we support people to live as independently as possible in the community.

Peamount Healthcare is committed to the following values:

  • Person centred – seeing each person as unique, giving them a voice and focusing on ability.
  • Respect – creating a supportive environment where everyone is given courteous and respectful care and support.
  • Excellence – enabling interdisciplinary teams to deliver high quality integrated care, meaningful outcomes with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Team working – fostering an inclusive, healthy working environment where people are valued and recognised for their individual and shared achievements.
  • Quality improvement – supporting teams to embed continuous improvement methodology as part of everything we do.

Education & Research – partnering with academia to support education, learning, research, and evidence-based care.

Reporting Relationship : The post holder: Dietitian Manager
Purpose of the Post : To work with the dietitian Manager, dietitian colleagues, HSCP’s and healthcare staff in Peamount Healthcare to ensure the coordination, development and delivery of a quality, person centred nutrition and dietetic service that is in keeping with best practice and standards.

Areas of work:

  • Rotations may include any of the following areas (All Adult services): Respiratory Rehabilitation, Age Related Rehabilitation, Neuro Rehabilitation, Age related residential care, Adult Intellectual Disability services, Neuro-disability residential services.
  • Involvement in nutrition related committees, audits, projects, food service improvements, providing staff education on nutrition related topics, staff health promotion and providing student training where required.  

The specific duties in above areas will be discussed and agreed with the Dietitian manager upon commencement in post and with regular review. Flexibility is essential and will be required at times to cover the range of different areas and tasks as listed above. Other areas not listed above may be discussed and agreed with the Dietitian manager.

Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience :

Candidates must:

Professional Qualifications 

  • Hold a Dietitian qualification recognised by CORU, and
  • Be registered or eligible for registration as a dietitian by the Dietitians Registration board at CORU

Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) National standards for residential care settings for older people, residential services for people with disabilities and safer better health-care and the national food and nutrition policies.
  • Knowledge of other relevant guidelines and policies
  • Sufficient clinical knowledge and ability to apply this to evidence based practice to carry out duties and responsibilities of the role.
  • Have the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability and professional ability, for the proper discharge of the duties of the office / post 

Communication Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and an ability to communicate in a manner suited to individuals, target groups and health professionals.
  • Ability to communicate with members of multidisciplinary teams and managers assertively and with diplomacy to ensure nutritional care-plans are implemented and monitored.
  • Demonstrates team working skills and ability to build strong working relationships with multidisciplinary team members and colleagues of all grades
  • Engage with healthcare & non-healthcare professionals in a respectful, co-operative and professional manner.
  • Evidence of ability to empathise with and treat service users, relatives and colleagues with dignity and respect, using a person-centred respectful approach.

Additional Skills

  • A flexible approach to carrying out the duties of the post including providing dietetic cover to other clinical areas of Peamount healthcare as required and open to new ideas.
  • An awareness and appreciation of the service user’s needs and a commitment to providing a quality service. 
  • Demonstrates initiative, innovation and problem-solving ability and ability to identify and implement solutions and change.
  • The ability to effectively evaluate information and make appropriate decisions
  • Evidence of effective planning, organising and time management skills  
  • Displays motivation and commitment to providing a quality nutrition & dietetic service.

IT Skills

  • A willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills i.e. ability to present clearly and concisely 
  • Computer skills i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, nutritics etc

Health

A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service. 

Character

Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character

Age

Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004).  A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

Desirable Skills, Competencies and Knowledge
  • Evidence of CPD and / or experience delivering dietetic services for adults and older adults with neurological conditions, malnutrition, frailty, sarcopenia, respiratory conditions, dementia, intellectual disabilities etc in line with all Peamount Healthcare specialities.
  • Catering and food service skills experience. Working knowledge and experience of using dietary software packages would be of benefit.
  • Experience in Health Promotion activities for patients / residents / staff.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities

General Accountability

The successful candidate will:

  • Maintain throughout Peamount Healthcare, awareness of the privacy of the service user / resident in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values of Peamount Healthcare

Specific Accountability

Clinical

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide evidence based, quality Nutrition and Dietetic services to the clinical areas assigned.  The four main clinical specialties at Peamount include: Neurological Disability rehabilitation and residential, Age-Related rehabilitation and residential, Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in home settings and Respiratory rehabilitation Medicine
  • Specific areas of cover will be discussed and agreed in advance of post commencing, however a level of flexibility will be required to cover other areas as required and advised by the dietitian manager.
  • Keep up to date with relevant scientific research findings and current practices and identify and update dietetic team on any new findings.
  • Have and maintain the requisite knowledge, skills, competencies and professional attributes for safe and appropriate practice for the post 
  • Become familiar with and work in accordance with relevant policies, HIQA standards, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.
  • Be informed of the findings of HIQA inspection reports within the campus and address related issues accordingly in consultation with the Dietitian Manager.
  • Maintain appropriate patient / resident records and statistics in line with the department policy and as defined by the Dietitian Manager / Director of Rehabilitation.
  • Develop, implement and monitor nutrition care plans, based on assessment of the patient / residents nutritional needs
  • Review existing resources and compile, develop and evaluate new resources to support and meet the needs of the patients / residents
  • Liaise and communicate closely with all members of the MDT to include medical, nursing, catering, HSCPs and other team members on the nutritional management of patients / resident and in the development and improvement of services & resources.
  • Participate and contribute to care planning meetings, multi-disciplinary team meetings, committee meetings, journal clubs and ward rounds as appropriate / required.
  • Liaise with catering staff regarding the provision of therapeutic diets, and advice on menu development to provide nutritionally balanced diets for all patients / residents 
  • Engage in Healthy Eating / Health Promotion activities as agreed with dietitian manager.
  • Work within own scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance.
  • Know the limits of their practice and when to seek advice and support from colleagues.
  • Provide cover for colleagues during periods of leave.
  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace.

Education & Training

The successful candidate will:

  • Complete 100% of all mandatory training required by Peamount Healthcare
  • Provide training of students on placement in Peamount Healthcare – as deemed appropriate by the Dietitian Manager.
  • Be responsible for his/her own professional development and keep abreast of developments in Nutrition and Dietetics and share new learnings with colleagues as agreed with dietitian manager.
  • Be responsible for following the Standard requirements for continuing professional development as advised by the Dietitians registration board of CORU
  • Maintain professional knowledge on relevant scientific research and practice development. 
  • Maintain standards of practice and levels of clinical knowledge by participating in continuous professional development initiatives and attendance at relevant courses as agreed with the Dietitian Manager.
  • Engage in career and personal development planning in collaboration with the dietitian manager.
  • Provide evidence-based nutrition training to health care professionals/ non-healthcare professionals and colleagues as agreed with the Dietitian Manager.
  • Be responsible for following the Standard requirements for continuing professional development as advised by the Dietitians registration board of CORU
  • Attend and contribute to journal clubs, case conferences, workshops, working groups and committees, nutrition study sessions, conferences, INDI SIG meetings as agreed with the dietitian manager
  • Lead out a Service User Nutrition focus group for residents / patients
  • Provide induction training to medical/ healthcare staff as required and agreed with the dietitian manager and assist in induction of staff grade dietitians as required.

Quality service, Audit & Research

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for reading, understanding and signing all relevant policies within Peamount Healthcare
  • Participate in design & implementation of audits relating to patient care and dietetic service provision and related clinical areas
  • Participate and support research and audit projects.
  • Engage in initiatives addressing review of practices and service delivery ensuring effectiveness and efficiency of service

Service Evaluation & Development

The successful candidate will:

  • Comply with policies, procedures and standards of care of the Nutrition & Dietetic service and Peamount Healthcare.
  • Participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of policies & standard operating procedures (SOPs) for nutrition & dietetic service provision.
  • Contribute to continuing quality improvement initiatives, undertaken by the department and be actively involved in continuously improving the quality of the service
  • Assist in the ongoing review and development of nutrition resources and nutrition education material in collaboration with colleagues, including accessible reading versions. 
  • Participate and commit to the development of annual operation plans for the services & contribute to annual service plan for dept

Professional

The successful candidate will:

  • Work within the CORU scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional code of conduct and clinical governance
  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace
  • Maintain professional standards with regard to service user/resident and data confidentiality and adhere to GDPR requirements
  • Carry out any other duties and responsibilities appropriate to the post that may be assigned by the Dietitian Manager/director of rehabilitation
  • Engage with professional / INDI activities as agreed with the Dietitian Manager.

Information Technology

The successful candidate will:

  • Ensure that the Nutrition and Dietetics team makes the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support in a manner which integrates well with systems throughout the organisation.
  • Collect, interpret and present in conjunction with departmental staff, ongoing data and information on the Department’s activities i.e. statistics

Health & Safety

The successful candidate will:

  • Comply with and enact Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in hospital policies, protocols and procedures relevant to your area.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others
  • Be familiar with risk management reporting structures, identify risks and take appropriate action. 
  • Report any adverse incidents or near misses. 
  • Be responsible in highlighting risks to appropriate unit level managers & Dietitian Manager.
  • Be familiar with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards: Residential care; Disabilities; Safer Better Healthcare; Prevention and control of Healthcare Associated Infections; Hygiene standards.

The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him / her / them from time to time. Adaptability and flexibility is essential, and other clinical area’s as listed within job description may need to be covered at times. The job description must be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at the present time which will be reviewed and assessed on an on-going basis. Hence the senior dietitian will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge and skills necessary to respond to a changing situation.

Campaign Specific Selection Post

A ranking and or short listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your CV.  The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.  Therefore, it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements

Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process

Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice

Peamount will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA).  The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principles basis.  The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, facilities for feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of Code of Practice.  

Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on www.hse/ie/eng/staff/jobs

Annual registration:

The reform programme outlined for the Health Service may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.

 

The job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder.  It is intended to be neither definitive or restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Tenure:

The Current Vacancy available is a part time permanent, Staff grade Dietitian role.

The post is pensionable.  A panel may be created from which future permanent  vacancies may be filled.  The tenure of these posts will be indicated at “expression of interest’ stage.

 

Appointment as an employee of Peamount Healthcare is governed by the Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointment) Act 2004.

Remuneration:

Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health: Dietitian


Dietician Scale 1st October 2023 – €41,075 – €59,360

Working Week:
The hours allocated to this post are 17.5 hours per week. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Department Head and in accordance with the needs of the service.
Annual Leave:
As per Health Service Executive (HSE)
Probation:

All employees will be subject to a probationary period as per the probation policy. This policy applies to all employees irrespective of the type of contract under which they have been employed. A period of 6 months’ probation will be served:

  • On commencement of employment.
  • Fixed term to permanent contract.
  • Permanent employees commencing in promotional posts will also undertake a probationary period relating to their new post.
Pension:

Employees of Peamount Healthcare are required to be members of the Hospitals Superannuation Scheme. Deductions at the appropriate rate will be made from your salary payment.

If you are being rehired after drawing down a public service pension your attention is drawn to Section 52 of the Public Services Pension (Single and Other Provisions) Act 2012. The 2012 Act extends the principle of abatement to retired public servants in receipt of a public service pension who secure another public service appointment in any public service body.

Maternity:
Maternity leave is granted in accordance with the terms of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2001.
Pre-Employment Health Assessment:
Prior to commencing in this role a person will be required to complete a form declaring their health status which is reviewed by the hospital’s Occupational Health Service and if required undergo a medical assessment with this department. Any person employed by Peamount Healthcare must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.
Validation of Qualifications & Experience:
Any credit given to a candidate at interview, in respect of claims to qualifications, training and experience is provisional and is subject to verification. The recommendation of the interview board is liable to revision if the claimed qualification, training or experience is not proven.
References:
Peamount Healthcare will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisations with which the candidate has been associated. The hospital also reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.
Garda Vetting:
Peamount Healthcare will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the hospital until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the hospital is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to clients, service users and employees.
Character:
Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.
Health & Safety:
These duties must be performed in accordance with the hospital health and safety policy. In carrying out these duties the employee must ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act. Staff must carry out their duties in a safe and responsible manner in line with the Hospital Policy as set out in the appropriate department’s safety statement, which must be read and understood.
Quality, Risk & Safety Responsibilities :

It is the responsibility of all staff to:

  • Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements with regards to Quality, Risk and Safety.
  • Participate and cooperate with external agencies on safety initiatives as required.
  • Participate and cooperate with internal and external evaluations of hospital structures, services and processes as required, including but not limited to:
  • National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.
  • National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections.
  • HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Records Management
  • Safety audits and other audits specified by the HSE or other regulatory authorities.
  • To initiate, support and implement quality improvement initiatives in their area which are in keeping with the hospitals continuous quality improvement programme.

It is the responsibility of all managers to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for Quality, Safety and Risk within their area/department

Specific Responsibility for Best Practice in Hygiene :

Hygiene in healthcare is defined as “the practice that serves to keep people and the environment clean and prevent infection. It involves preserving one’s health, preventing the spread of disease and recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards.”

  • It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure compliance with hospital hygiene standards, guidelines and practices.
  • Department heads/ managers have overall responsibility for best practice in hygiene in their area.
  • It is mandatory to complete hand hygiene training every 2-years and sharps awareness workshops yearly.