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Specialist Dietitian – Gastroenterology

Band 6

Main area
Dietetics/Speech and Language therapy
Band 6
Part time: 18.75 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - 37,890 pa pro rata
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Dietitian in adult gastroenterology within the Acute Adult Dietetic Team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). This is a part time opportunity working 18.75 hours per week.

The successful applicant will provide cover to acute gastroenterology wards as well outpatient clinics and FODMAP sessions. We are looking for an HCPC registered dietitian who is keen to build on their experience and knowledge in gastroenterology and thrives in an acute and fast paced environment.


UHS is a leading teaching hospital, hosting a wide range of specialist tertiary services and a nutrition biomedical research centre. The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 100 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing both acute and community services.

You will join the acute adult dietetic team at Southampton General Hospital. This is a busy, hardworking team known for its friendliness, support and development opportunities. You will be working within a close team and will receive support from other specialist gastroenterology dietitians. There are regular internal CPD sessions with regular gastro MDT education meetings and the opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement. As a regional centre for gastroenterology, research is ongoing to ensure we are up to date and providing the best service to our patients.

As a large teaching hospital Southampton covers far reaching areas and deals with complex cases which offer opportunity to learn more specialist dietary interventions. The case load can be demanding and the post holder will need to be able to deal with complex needs.

Our service operates Monday to Friday.


Within this role you will:

  • Provide a clinical service to the gastroenterology wards as a key member of the multidisciplinary team.

  • Provide specialist dietary advice to in and outpatients with gastroenterological conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and other functional GI disorders and associated psychological issues, working closely with the consultant gastroenterologists and nurse specialists.

  • You will have acute clinical experience, which must include significant expertise in managing all forms of oral and enteral nutrition support, and dealing with potential complications encountered.

  • Be involved with the supervision and support of junior dietitians and dietetic assistants as well as student training for B and C placements from the University of Surrey.


We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in nutrition support and gastroenterology, with evidence of relevant, strong clinical skills.  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 their professional opinion with colleagues.   A good understanding of gastroenterology and the various dietetic and medical treatments available is essential along with the ability to independently plan and prioritise a busy caseload in an efficient and organised manner. 


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.              

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on 15th June 2020             


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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