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Team Lead Dietitian (Upper GI and Surgery)

Band 7

Main area
Dietetics/Speech and Language Therapy
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pa
Salary period
29/09/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced dietitian with a passion for upper GI to join our acute adult dietetic team as the surgical team lead and Upper GI specialist dietitian based at Southampton General Hospital.  



We are a dedicated team of dietitians and speech and language therapists employing approximately 100 staff, with clinical experts working in a range of specialties, providing acute and community services in adults and paediatrics.  In our adult service we have gastroenterology, oncology, critical care, medicine & neuro teams as well as the team of surgical dietitians that you will lead.

The oesophago-gastric (upper gastroenterology) multidisciplinary team provides services for a population of 1.2 million in central southern England, specialising in the investigation and management of patients with primary gastric and oesophageal malignancy. We also provide benign oesophago-gastric surgical services. 

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

You will lead a team of highly regarded dietitians covering the specialities of HPB, colorectal, upper GI, peri-operative medicine and the acute surgical unit.

Working alongside the MDT you will lead the development and transformation of the UGI dietetic service to provide comprehensive care to patients across surgery and oncology.

You will:

  • Lead a team of 5 surgical dietitians (4.6wte) providing day to day clinical supervision and support
  • Work with the other team leads and managers to evaluate, maintain and develop the dietetic service.
  • Evaluate, expand and be responsible for the Upper GI dietetic service to provide comprehensive care to this patient group.
  • Provide a specialist clinical dietetic service to patients undergoing oesophago-gastric surgery.
  • Provide complex nutritional support to patients’ pre- and post-surgery.
  • Take an active part in multidisciplinary care planning of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer.
  • Develop and expand the dietetic input to patients during their oncological treatment.
  • Liaise with dietitians across the Wessex cancer region to ensure co-ordinated nutrition care for patients.
  • Attend multidisciplinary ward rounds reviewing and planning nutrition support to inpatients.
  • Review patients in the surgical consultant and specialist nurse outpatient clinics.
  • Facilitate the implementation of national standards and guidelines relevant to your clinical speciality
  • Undertake audit, evidence-based projects/research and review of practice making recommendations for future developments and clinical practice

What we’re looking for

 We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic leader who can inspire others and has a passion to work alongside us to shape the Upper GI and surgical dietetic service.

The post holder will be a qualified dietitian, currently registered with the HCPC, with relevant CPD, postgraduate development and clinical experience.  This will include evidence of advanced skills and knowledge related to complex nutrition support.  Prior experience of working with patients following oesphago-gastric surgery is required.  Aside from strong clinical skills we need someone who is a good team player, with evidence of being able to manage a busy caseload, delivering on both clinical and non-clinical responsibilities.  You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to show leadership on nutritional issues while having a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary team working. You will need to be flexible in your approach and have insight into the challenges of managing adults with a complex chronic disease or condition.  Demonstration of initiative and ability to work independently is also required.   

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Monday, 04 October 2021

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Current Registration with HCPC
  • Masters level or evidence of equivalent post-graduate training in defined speciality.
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing training and development
  • Clinical supervisory skills training
Desirable criteria
  • Member of BDA and relevant specialist groups
  • Appraisal training
  • Evidence of management qualification/ development


Essential criteria
  • Recent experience working as a clinical specialist in relevant clinical area
  • Experience of presentations and public speaking
  • Evidence of project planning and audit delivery
  • Experience mentoring or supervising students, dietetic assistants or junior staff
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of undertaking appraisals for junior staff
  • Experience of leading or co-ordinating audit or research work.

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to carry out physical anthropometric measurements and assess nutritional status
  • Ability to plan initiatives within specialist area using appropriate management skills, written and verbal communication skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of generic skills required for service development i.e. report writing, policy development and implementation

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Ability to have a flexible approach to working hours including extended working day as agreed with line manager
  • Ability to cover "out of hours" and weekend working occasionally

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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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

Lucy Bakewell
Job title
Team Lead Dietitian
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