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Specialist Dietitian

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Do want to expand your nutrition support skills and gain cardiothoracic critical care experience?

We have a fixed term vacancy for a Specialist Critical Care Dietitian to cover maternity leave starting June 2023.

You will be part of the dietetic critical care team, supporting patients who have undergone complex cardiac and thoracic surgery including heart and lung transplants. You will also be supporting patients on ECMO as Royal Papworth is one of 6 ECMO centres in the country.

You will be joining a supportive team with opportunities for personal development, research, audit and service development. You will form part of the well-respected MDT as a clinical expert and provide line management and leadership to other members of the Dietetic department.

Main duties of the job

You will be an experienced Dietitian with a strong knowledge of artificial nutrition support, ideally based in an acute or critical care setting. You will be passionate about individualised patient care and advancing the field of Dietetics.

Royal Papworth Hospital is proud to employ a diverse workforce who are encouraged to use their individuality to provide exceptional and personalised patient care. We believe that our strength as an organisation relies on our ability to foster an environment which encourages using our differences as a strength.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge.

We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure. Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future.

Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today.

The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence and collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles and interactions.

Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality. The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please ensure you evidence in the Essential Criteria how you uphold the Trust Values Compassion Excellence Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Previous experience of nutrition support including short term and long enteral feeding
  • Experience of adapting communication to meet patient needs
  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering group education sessions
  • Experience of working face to face with patients and public
  • Experience of training students
  • Experience of producing Dietetic resources such as a diet sheets / posters / guidelines
  • Experience of conducting audit / research as the lead


  • Experience of working with patients with complex conditions
  • Previous experience of presenting at a national or international level
  • Leadership and line management experience
  • Experience of conducting research



  • Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Current Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Evidence of working at MSc level / undertaking relevant short courses related to advancing clinical expertise as a post graduate
  • Member of BDA or other personal indemnity insurance provider


  • Motivational interviewing / behaviour change skills
  • Member of BDA specialist group related to clinical area



  • Good communication skills, ability to liaise with professionals at all levels and discuss complex patient cases
  • Organisational skills and ability to prioritise own workload
  • Presentation skills to groups
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Legible written communication
  • Computer literacy
  • Advanced knowledge of Nutrition and Dietetics within nutrition support
  • Dietetic knowledge within Critical Care or acute disease affecting nutrition
  • Self-motivated and willingness to learn
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to patient care
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Able to manage time effectively and prioritise work
  • Flexible attitude to service delivery
  • Willing to seek advice where necessary
  • Ability to manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with long term conditions or distressing circumstances


  • Knowledge of clinical audit and how its principles may be applied in practice
  • Able to reflect and appraise own performance and that of others

Values and Behaviours


  • Evidence ability to uphold the Trusts values Compassion Excellence Collaboration.

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