Specialist Renal Dietitian (Band 7)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 7
Part Time
An exciting fixed term / secondment opportunity has arisen within the Renal department at Musgrove Park Hospital!

This Specialist Renal Dietitian will provide excellent holistic care to the patients in the Musgrove Park Hospital catchment with chronic kidney disease. You will give high quality MDT care to inpatients with advanced Chronic Kidney Disease or with Acute Kidney Injury.

Additionally the department aims to educate and train the wider health community in the care of patients with kidney disease, to benefit this patient group.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard of nutrition and dietetic care and support in both an inpatient and outpatient setting
  • To effectively manage an autonomous clinical caseload and to undertake professional duties as a qualified dietitian
  • To advise on the nutritional and dietetic management of renal patients at Musgrove Park Hospital.
  • To participate in clinical supervision
  • To communicate effectively in both clinical and non-clinical settings
  • To act as a resource for the department regarding renal dietetic advice and knowledge
  • To identify and implement process improvements in line with National/Local policies and guidelines
  • Active participation in the governance of the renal service, including audit activity or relevant aspects of patient care

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To communicate effectively with staff, patients, carers, relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team. This requires a variety of communication skills including education, motivation and empathy.
  • To liaise with the multidisciplinary team both internally and externally regarding patient prognosis, treatment progression and discharge planning (as for home enteral nutrition) therefore ensuring a coordinated and holistic approach to patient care.
  • To apply advanced clinical reasoning skills to make daily decisions regarding the appropriateness of therapeutic management and prioritisation of a caseload within the scope of practice.
  • To apply comprehensive assessment skills and specialist knowledge, particularly with regard to renal disease. To investigate, analyse, assess, diagnose and treat a range of complex dietetic problems.
  • To formulate safe and effective treatment programmes from the initial assessment, using specialist knowledge and clinical reasoning skills.
  • To employ professional judgement to establish a level of consent, or to work within Trust policy to treat patients lacking the capacity to provide consent.
  • To be responsible for organising and planning a daily caseload to maximise service provision, this includes prioritising and sometimes delegating tasks and supervising this work, either directly or indirectly.
  • To monitor and advise on the overall nutrition of patients within the delegated work area, and to be proactive in initiating appropriate action as required.
  • To develop renal dietary resources and information in line with Trust guidelines and policies.
  • The post holder will be required to review and treat inpatients throughout the clinical specialities with specific renal dietetic needs and outpatients under the direct care of the renal clinics.

Please see attached JD for further information

Person Specification



  • Registered dietitian (with relevant BSc, postgraduate diploma or masters leading to eligibility for registration with HCPC)
  • Current HCPC registration



  • Understanding of the role of the dietitian within the renal MDT
  • Experience with renal dietetics
  • Understanding and knowledge of renal specific national policy/strategy including national service frameworks, NICE and other relevant national policies
  • Demonstrate relevant experience of working autonomously clinically including organisation and management of caseload, working to agreed objectives and deadlines without supervision
  • Demonstrate relevant dietetic work experience within adult setting

Skills, Ability & Knowledge


  • Demonstrate excellent organisational, time management, planning, leadership and supervisory skills
  • Demonstrate highly developed written and verbal communication skills and the ability to adapt appropriately for the target audience
  • Demonstrate an ability to work within and contribute to a team including developing and maintaining effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrate an ability to be flexible self-motivated, adaptive, creative and innovative and open to change and modernisation (and undertake related training)
  • Demonstrate empathy, sensitivity and tact with patients and their families.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital



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