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Specialist Dietitian - Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary

Band 7

Main area
Dietetics/Speech and Language Therapy
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
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 a for a full-time band 7 dietitian to join our well respected surgical dietetic team at Southampton General Hospital. The post-holder will be the team’s hepatobiliary and pancreatic specialist dietitian providing dietetic support to this tertiary service.

The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 100 staff, with clinical experts working in a range of specialties, providing acute and community services in adults and paediatrics. 

The HPB service is a regional centre of excellence, performing in excess of 200 major resections each year. We are the UK’s leading centre for laparoscopic liver and pancreatic surgery.  We treat patients with tumours of the liver, bile duct and pancreas. We also manage patients with benign conditions affecting these organs.

We hold regular internal CPD sessions and you will have the opportunity to engage in service evaluation, service improvement and clinical research.

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 a key member of the HPB multidisciplinary team.

You will:

  • Be responsible for the specialist provision of a dietetic service to the hepatic, pancreatic and biliary surgery at UHS

  • Work in a variety of clinical settings including acute surgical wards, out-patient clinics, and pre-assessment

  • Provide complex nutritional support to patients with HPB related conditions including pancreatic insufficiency, management of chyle leaks and type 3 diabetes.

  • Work with an experienced team of surgical dietitians covering upper GI, intestinal failure, colorectal, head and neck cancer and general surgery. You will also work closely with the NET dietitian sharing a caseload of patients.

  • Be a key member of the multidisciplinary teams working closely with HPB consultants, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, and ward nurses on the specialist surgical ward.

  • Provide educational talks on the importance of nutrition in pancreatic diseases to inform patients, nurses, and junior doctors.

  • Be involved with the supervision and support of junior dietitians, dietetic assistants, and dietetic students.


What we’re looking for

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic dietitian who has significant experience in HPB and a passion to develop this surgical dietetic service.

The post holder will be a qualified dietitian, currently registered with the HCPC, with relevant CPD, postgraduate development and clinical experience, including evidence of advanced skills and knowledge related to complex nutrition support.

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, 11 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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023 8120 6072

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