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Specialist Dietitian (Rotational)

Band 6

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 6
Permanent and Fixed term for 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa, pa pro rata
Salary period
07/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for HCPC registered dietitians who are keen to gain experience in the acute hospital setting to join our Band 6 rotational programme in our adult dietetic team.  Our programme currently includes 6 rotations (current posts in HPB & acute medicine). We have one permanent and one fixed term post but there is likely to be opportunity to extend.

The department of dietetics and speech therapy employs approximately 100 staff, with clinical experts working in a range of specialties, providing acute and community services in adults and paediatrics.  
You will join our Band 6 rotational programme, working as a key member in the relevant team and alongside senior dietitians to gain an in-depth knowledge of the following specialities:
- Gastroenterology
- Oncology
- Acute medicine 
- High dependency & critical care
- Hepato-biliary (HPB) surgery
- General surgery

We hold regular CPD sessions and you will have the opportunity to engage in service evaluations and audit

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

You will:

  • Be responsible for the provision of a specialist dietetic service in the acute hospital setting
  • Work in a variety of clinical settings on a rotational basis including acute surgical and oncology wards, radiotherapy and chemotherapy units, the acute admissions unit and acute medical & hepatology wards
  • Be a key member of the multidisciplinary teams and attend multidisciplinary meetings
  • Provide nutritional support to patients including management of oral nutrition support, enteral feeding, and home enteral feed discharges
  • Complete competencies relevant to each rotation
  • Supervise and support junior dietitians, dietetic assistants, and student dietitians

For further details on each rotation, please get in touch.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for dietitians who wish to gain experience in an acute hospital setting, with a keen interest in nutrition support and evidence of relevant, clinical skills and experience.  Flexibility and the ability to prioritise and manage a busy, complex caseload is essential.  You must have excellent communication skills as well as an empathic nature.  You must be able to demonstrate the ability to work within an MDT as a specialist dietitian, and have the confidence to present and discuss your professional opinion with colleagues. With a varied and interesting caseload, this post requires a dynamic, assertive person with an excellent breadth of knowledge and good rapport building skills. Part time and flexible working will be considered.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Registration (RD) with HCPC as a dietitian
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and training and development in relevant areas
Desirable criteria
  • Member of BDA and relevant specialist groups
  • PENG course (BDA) or similar nutrition support course
  • Clinical supervisory skills course

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of relevant dietetic knowledge and expertise; must have recent experience working as a dietitian demonstrating this
  • Experience of teaching/presentations and public speaking
  • Experience of multi-professional team working
  • IT and Keyboard skills e.g. Microsoft Word, dietary analysis
  • Experience and involvement with dietetic student training
  • Experience of audit / project work
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of clinical experience in nutrition support
  • Experience mentoring or supervising dietetic assistants or junior staff

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate complex information fluently, confidently and effectively to a diverse range of people: e.g., with patients, carers, managers, other health care professionals and senior medical staff within UHS
  • Ability to demonstrate a practical and sensitive approach and flexibility in working style whenapplying clinical judgement to complex clinical issues e.g. ethical issues
  • Ability to create rapport and professionally manage relationships with patients and the emotional challenges this presents
  • Works well alone as well as part of a team
  • Ability to have a holistic approach to treatment.
  • Ability to cope with unpredictable events and varying clinical and non-clinical work pressures; independently plan and prioritise own workload; manages own time and meets deadlines
  • High standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Ability to cover “out of hours” commitments on agreed occasions

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rebecca Picton
Job title
Team Lead Dietitian
Email address
Telephone number
023 8120 6072
Additional information

Caitlin Hooton

Team Lead Dietitian


023 8120 6072

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