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Therapy Services are integral to the development of clinical pathways across acute and primary care. Traditionally the staff groups across both sectors have been managed separately. In a new collaboration The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have agreed to manage and develop Therapy Services across the whole of Western Cheshire in order to deliver seamless care.

Western Cheshire Therapy services comprises of three main operational areas:

  • Inpatient services , providing inpatient rehabilitation across The Countess of Chester Hospital (600 beds) and Ellesmere Port Hospital (64 Beds)
  • Community services, providing specialist community therapies and early supported discharge to adults and community Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy to children across a population of 250,000 residents in Western Cheshire
  • Musculoskeletal Services , Providing Outpatient Therapy to Consultant and GP referrals and a primary care Orthopaedic triage service.

Western Cheshire Therapy Services strives to continuously improve and sustain the quality of its services for patients, providing care to more than 40,000 patients per year, with our 220 staff working together putting quality and patient safety, at the heart of everything we do.

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated dietitian to join the bed-based dietetic team based at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The position is currently a 6 month temporary post to cover maternity leave however there may be opportunity for this to extend in the future. This post will be suitable for new qualified graduates and those with clinical experience.

The successful candidates will become part of a multidiscipline therapy team based in the acute hospital and work closely with key stakeholders involved in the provision of oral nutrition in the adult acute setting. The clinical caseload will be extremely varied with a focus on oral nutrition support and food first. Supervision is provided by band 6 and band 7 colleagues on a regular basis.

Supervision of Band 3 colleagues will be a regular commitment as well as being heavily involved in student training following the relevant training.

There are excellent IT facilities in all offices, including internet access and we are committed to training and professional development.

We have an excellent clerical work supporting the dietitians to maintain and develop clinical services.

Abigail Price (Team Lead – in-patients) or Louise Edwards (Specialist Dietitian)  ( Phone number removed ) 

This advert will close earlier than advertised once sufficient applications have been received so please apply straight away. INVITATIONS TO INTERVIEW WILL BE VIA EMAIL ONLY. If you have not heard within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have been unsuccessful. Overseas candidates will be responsible for travel expenses until the point of entry into Britain.
.The Trust has a strong commitment to safeguarding and as part of this pre-employment checking please ensure that the referees you provide cover at least the past 3 years employment history, full contact details and work emails are also required.

If you are successful and a Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS) is required, the cost of the disclosure will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

As an equal opportunities employer and approved user of the ‘Two Ticks’ symbol, we are committed to interview all applicants with a disability that meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy and consider them on their abilities.
The Trust will not fund applications for Work Permits and Further Leave to Remain.
Those who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the Trust is unlikely in these circumstance, to satisfy the Resident Labour market Test. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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