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Lead Clinical Specialist Dietitian &Team Lead

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Job summary

Fixed term contract/secondment opportunity for 12 months

We are pleased to offer an exciting post leading the inpatient / head & neck oncology dietetic team based at the NNUH.

The role will offer the candidates the opportunity to develop their clinical leadership roles whilst working in a dedicated oncology team which is well supported by the MDT. The inpatient elements are shared with another lead working collaboratively to support the team. You will have opportunity to work autonomously to achieve the team outcomes

The successful candidate will join our department of 50 dietitians & assistants within a large teaching hospital. We have 3 main teams including paediatrics, chronic conditions & the inpatient & oncology team.

As a department we have regular social events & in-work social activities. Before you start we can help advise the areas of Norfolk that will best meet your needs whether you enjoy the beaches or city life.

We understand the importance of supporting people and appreciate that everyone has different needs with regards to their development. We will work with you to ensure that we offer the support which best complements your unique learning style.

If you are considering applying for this post on a secondment basis, please discuss with your Line Manager prior to applying to ascertain whether this could be supported.

Main duties of the job

When you first arrive with us you will have a 4 week induction period where you will get to know your team, understand the clinical needs of the hospital. Whether you are an existing or new leader of services we will support your development into a high functioning leader of Dietetic practice who can pragmatically solve clinical and operational issues as they arise. You will receive support and guidance as required to strategically meet the nutritional goals of the organisation and clinically develop your team into autonomous practitioners.

On an ongoing basis your responsibilities will include:
  • Highly specialist caseload (the specialties we cover at the hospital include gastro, CCC, NST & neuro along with several medical and surgical wards)
  • Clinical and operational oversight of the team with clear objectives and targets
  • Reviewing and leading improvements within the team, learning from incidents and complaints
  • Ensuring equitable access to CPD and supervision
  • Mentoring & supervising the team to ensure continuous improvement and professional development
  • leading projects to support departmental improvement
  • Departmental decision making at Nutrition & Dietetic governance meetings
  • Representation at the trusts nutrition steering group

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N&N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as the lead specialist for the specified clinical area, managing own highly specialist caseload.
  • To be responsible forproviding training and education in the area of clinical speciality to other dietitians and healthcare professionals as appropriate.
  • To provide advanced nutritional and dietetic advice in specialist area to medical, health care professionals and other agencies.
  • To assess plan and implement complex treatment programmes and monitor patients in a variety of settings, offering therapeutic dietary advice and education, to address patients complex and changing needs.
  • To lead service development within own clinical area and contribute to the nutrition and dietetic service as a whole through participation in service development.
  • To provide day to day leadership and management of the dietitians, dietetic assistant practitioners and dietetic assistants within the specialist clinical team.
  • To be responsible for collating and analysing activity data for the specialist clinical team, using this information to produce reports used in business planning.
  • To interpret Trust and national guidelines, relevant to area of work, affecting the organisation of the team to ensure safe and effective practice for staff and patients.
  • To assist the Dietetic Services Manager in the investigation of clinical incidents or complaints related to team activity.
  • To contribute to business planning, including setting and implementing objectives for the service in line with CCG initiatives, taking into consideration wider issues and directives such as the NICE Guidance, National Service Frameworks.
  • To be responsible for annual appraisals and reviews of line managed staff.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration in Dietetics



  • Extensive experience in Clinical Dietetics, a significant period of which should be in the specialist area


  • Evidence of CPD e.g. advanced diploma in dietetic practice or equivalent short courses



  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to provide leadership especially within the clinical speciality

Attitude, aptitude


  • Ability to work flexibly and in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

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