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Staff Grade Dietitian

Job Locations Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital & Louth County Hospital
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(21/09/2022 15:08)
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The staff Grade post will particapte in the staff grade rotational program which allows for their professional development and enfancement of clinical skills in a wide range of area’s such as surgery, acute medicine, paediatrics, stroke, elderly and oncology.

  • Provide a dietetic service to acute hospital adult inpatients on general medical wards and outpatient clinic.
  • Be an active member of the Staff Grade Rottational Programme.
  • Attend a weekly MDT meeting and case conference meetings as required.
  • Provide a service when required to: cardiac rehab programmes, general surgery, diabetes, gestational diabetes education sessions, older person’s rehab and acute medical assessment with support from senior dietitians.
  • Operate as the dept. Link person with the catering dept and support services.

The current vacancies available are temporary, whole-time and pensionable. 


A panel may be created from which temporary and specified purpose vacancies of full or part time duration may be filled.


Appointment as an employee of the Health Service Executive is governed by the Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 and Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Amendment Act 2013.

Organisational Context

The RCSI Hospital Group includes the following hospitals: 

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown
  • Louth County Hospital
  • Monaghan General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
  • Rotunda Hospital
  • The Academic Partner for the Group is the RCSI

RCSI Hospital Group provides a national service and a regional service to Dublin and the North East and is committed to the provision of world-class care, exceptional clinical services with respect and compassion.

Key Responsibilities

Professional/Clinical Practice

  • Work within own scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance.
  • Prioritise and manage a clinical and non-clinical caseload as agreed with the Dietitian Manager / Senior Dietitian.
  • Devise, implement and monitor appropriate nutritional care plans so that patients are assessed and advised appropriately as per prioritisation systems.
  • Keep the necessary records appropriate to office and as defined by the service.
  • Implement the NCPM process in dietetic assessments as agreed within the Dept.
  • Recognise the need for effective self-management of workload, available time and resources.
  • Instigate relevant screening tools or patient resources for patient groups.
  • Liaise with catering staff in development of menus and specialised therapeutic diets in accordance with national and hospital policies.
  • Participate in research and in developing databases for relevant patient groups.
  • Know the limits of their practice and when to seek advice or refer to another health professional.
  • Maintain a high level of professional conduct, competence and standards and comply with Statutory Regulation of the profession in the Republic of Ireland, when implemented.
  • Have and maintain the requisite knowledge, skills, competencies and professional attributes for safe and appropriate practice.
  • Review existing resources and compile, develop and evaluate new resources to support and meet the needs of the target audience.
  • Become familiar with and work in accordance with relevant HSE policies, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.
  • Provide cover for colleagues during periods of leave.
  • Participate in planning, audit and evaluation, production of standards, continuing education, quality improvement initiatives, research and in developing databases for relevant patient groups.
  • Liaise and contribute effectively with multidisciplinary teams, staff colleagues and dietitians in acute settings and community healthcare organisations including residential services.
  • Initiate and participate in health promotion & Health and Wellbeing activities as per Healthy Ireland plans.
  • Actively participate in dept. team meetings, multidisciplinary team meetings, journal club, case conferences, tutorials, multidisciplinary ward rounds and/or educational meetings as required.
  • Actively participate in Continuous Professional Development, including attending and contributing to appropriate case conferences, tutorials, journal clubs, educational meetings etc.
  • Carry out any other duties deemed appropriate and requested by the Dietitian Manager.
  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace.

Education & Training

  • Attend mandatory training programmes.
  • Maintain professional knowledge on relevant areas of 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 appropriate.
  • Engage in career and personal development planning in collaboration with the Senior Dietitian / Dietitian Manager.
  • Participate in induction and mentoring with professional colleagues. S/he will be open to reflective practice.
  • Act as a resource by participating in the education and training of dietetic colleagues, other health professional and service user groups as required.
  • Participate and play a role in the practice education of student dietitians.
  • Participate in the development and evaluation of nutrition education resource materials.

Quality and Risk, Health and Safety Management

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of relevant HSE Policies, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.
  • Maintain appropriate patient record details and statistics in accordance with hospital and departmental guidelines
  • Engage in risk management, identify risks and take appropriate action, report all adverse incidents and near misses.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role for example, Nutrition and Hydration in Acute hospitals Standards, Better Hospital Healthcare Standards, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc. as appropriate to the role.
  • Comply with policies, procedures and standards of care of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and related depts. within the hospital and the community as relevant.
  • Adhere to HSE policies in relation to the procurement, care and safety of any equipment supplied .
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.


  • Maintain patient reports to an agreed local standard following NCPM process.
  • Collect statistics for clinical & non clinical activity on a monthly basis or as agreed with the dept. manager.
  • Maintain appropriate patient records, reports and statistics in accordance with local guidelines and national requirements, the Freedom of Information Act and professional standards.
  • Closely work with the dept. secretary to provide a comprehensive OPD service.
  • Contribute to service planning and development in their area of assignment and has the ability to prepare and present relevant information that will aid future service development.
  • Assist in ensuring that the nutrition and dietetic service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in IT.
  • Maintain professional standards with regard to patient and data confidentiality.
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within the Irish Health Service.
  • Represent the department at meetings, committees and/or conferences as required.
  • Contribute to the preparation of work plans and Annual reports for the service to include specific objectives, strategies, activities, budget and relevant evaluation methods based on best practice.
  • Use audit and quality evaluation methods to facilitate service improvement
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways, and shared care arrangements
  • Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as required from time to time by the Dietitian Manager.
  • Contribute to implementing and achieving KPIs as agreed by the manager.



  • Mandatory training requirements must be adhered to and a dept. register maintained. (Child First)
  • Employees must attend fire lectures annually and must observe fire orders.
  • All accidents within the Department must be reported immediately.
  • Infection Control Policies must be adhered to.
  • In line with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 all staff must comply with all safety regulations and audits.
  • In line with the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act 2004, smoking within the workplace is not permitted.


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 from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 

Essential Criteria

Candidates must at the latest date of application:


Statutory Registration, Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc


Be registered as a Dietitian by the Dietitians Registration Board at CORU


Applicants who satisfy the conditions set out in Section 91 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, (see *Note 1 below), must submit proof of application for registration with the Dietitians Registration Board at CORU. The acceptable proof is correspondence from the Dietitians Registration Board at CORU confirming their application for registration as a Section 91 applicant.


Candidates must 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.


Annual registration

Practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Dietitians Register maintained by the Dietitians Registration Board at CORU.


Confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC).



Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where s/he is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.



Candidates 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.



Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.


Skills & Competencies

Technical & Professional Expertise    

Has a command over the technical/ professional skills and knowledge required within the job holder’s role and continues to upskill to maintain high professional standards and continuous professional development requirements



Has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others; collaborating to get the job done. Provides support to colleagues to help develop a strong and cohesive team ethos. Willing to  participate as a member of the team.


Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Speaks and writes clearly, fluently and effectively to both individuals and group; communicates  in a manner that will persuade, convince and influence others, in order to motivate, inspire or encourage them to follow a particular course of action.


Patient Centred

Demonstrates eagerness to understand patient needs. Views the patient as central to the delivery of every day service through consistent understanding, tolerance, care, support and empathy while promoting empowerment, indepenance and choice.


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