Specialist Dietitian Gastroenterology/ICU/Surgical

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent Band 6 Dietitian to work within the acute team at The Cumberland Infirmary, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. The post-holder will work within the Gastroenterology, ICU and Surgical multi-disciplinary teams providing a clinical service to inpatients at The Cumberland Infirmary. There will be opportunities for service improvement within the speciality.

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic Dietitian with excellent communication and team working skills. Experience of enteral and parenteral feeding and working within a multi-disciplinary team. In addition to clinical work, you would be expected to provide nutritional education to other health care professionals.

Supporting the professional development of the band 5 Dietitians and Dietetic Assistants within the department by providing supervision sessions and learning opportunities as required.

Professional development is given a high priority and there are ongoing educational opportunities as well as practice supervision. The department trains student dietitians on P1, P2 and P3 placements from universities across the North of England. IT and secretarial support is available.

You will join an established team of 19 dietitians and 2 dietetic assistants (acute, community & paediatrics).

Main duties of the job

  • Communicate and deliver information on a wide range of dietary needs, using motivational interviewing techniques, cognitive behaviour therapy, empathy and reassurance skills as appropriate
  • Provide dietary advice to patients in hospital
  • Translate technical medical language into a format that can be understood by the patient
  • Give expert clinical judgement on the treatment options and care plans for the patient, discussing with medical staff any changes to medication that may be required
  • Liaise with healthcare professionals, patients, families and carers as appropriate
  • Provide verbal and written dietary advice and support in a format that is appropriate to the patient's understanding
  • Write care pathways for patients, involving other health professionals as required
  • Prioritise workload and manage time schedules appropriately
  • Comply with infection control procedures at all times

See attached Job Description for full details of responsibilities including administration, education, strategic and services responsibility.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email: helpline@nacro.org.uk

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email advice@unlock.org.uk or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Registered Dietitian with BSc or equivalent
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Postgraduate diploma in advanced dietetic practice or equivalent evidence of CPD


  • Essential IT skills (EITS) or equivalent



  • Relevant experience of clinical dietetics including IBD management, enteral and parenteral feeding
  • Teaching / training of other health professionals
  • Student training



  • Wide ranging knowledge of dietetic management
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Motivational interviewing

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to use and develop a wide variety of approaches to delivering patient care and education
  • Ability to identify, plan, deliver and evaluate training to other health professionals and groups
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to manage own caseload
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Team working skills

Personal Circumstances


  • Motivation
  • Adaptability

Others Requirements


  • Flexibility over working hours


  • Membership of the BDA and a specialist interest group.
  • Driving licence

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