Clinical Lead Dietitian Acute Nutritional Support

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an enthusiastic and dynamic Dietitian with excellent team-working skills? An opportunity has arisen to join our forward thinking and dynamic Dietetic team across Hywel Dda University Health Board to provide operational acute leadership support on site in Bronglais Hospital.

The post-holder will provide operational leadership to the acute dietetic team in Bronglais hospital supporting the team with caseload management and prioritisation.They will also support Dietetic assistant practitioners and students.

The post-holder will actively carry a complex clinical caseload of critical care patients as well as supporting the team with expert knowledge and guidance in relation to complex nutritional support.

We are the first health Board in Wales to have a strategic lead for malnutrition. The post holder will play a pivotal leadership roll in supporting the malnutrition strategic lead to drive quality improvement work Health Board wide by utilising excellent communication and negotiation skills as well as a passion for improvement work.

The post holder will join a team of innovative and forward thinking clinical leads working across acute and community nutrition support along with clinical nurse specialists and the wider MDT.

See below a link to our HDUHB video

Main duties of the job

Clinically leads the development, implementation, delivery and evaluation of best practice in relation to acute nutrition support and quality improvement.

Clinically leads the development and delivery of education and training in relation to acute nutrition support quality improvement.

Acts as the operational on site lead for acute nutritional support in Bronglais hospital supporting the team with daily caseload prioritisation and ensuring effective delegation to Dietetic support workers.

Line manages and clinically supervises delegated nutrition and dietetic staff ensuring consistent evidence based standards of care and effective multi-disciplinary working.

Leads the development and implementation of nutrition and dietetic related guidance and standards, resources, training and education in area of expertise and ensure effective integration across programmes of work in relation to acute nutrition support.

Manages a caseload of highly complex individuals requiring Nutritional support by covering the critical care unit in Bronglais Hospital as well as supporting the wider acute team with complex cases that present on a day to day basis. There will be an expectation that the post-holder also supports cover when required to other hospital sites (virtually or in person).

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is advertised as a Band 7, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 7 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 75% of the top of Band 7 will be payable during the 12 months. Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within 12 months. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role, the post holder will then be paid at band 7 (minimum point on the scale). Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 10/10/2023

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Recognised Degree in Dietetics
  • HCPC registered Dietitian
  • Accredited post graduate study relevant to clinical area at masters level or equivalent
  • Completed clinical supervisory skills training
  • Demonstrates advanced level of clinical knowledge within the specialist field gained through attendance on specialist courses/advanced training
  • Established clinical problem solving skills
  • Established critical appraisal skills
  • Knowledge of current and emerging evidence base, national and professional policy and guidance in relation to acute nutrition support


  • Masters level qualification relevant to specialist area of the role
  • Completed formal motivational interviewing training
  • Other professional or technical or academic qualification which relate to clinical practice or clinical leadership



  • Broad, well established dietetic practice
  • Extensive experience of adult nutritional support, clinically assisted nutrition
  • Demonstrable clinical leadership
  • Delegation to qualified and non qualified staff
  • Significant experience of leading multi-professional /multidisciplinary team working
  • Service development /quality improvement
  • Leading clinical audit
  • Delivering or supporting practice / service change
  • Delivering clinical supervision
  • Active engagement with student training


  • Experience of project management
  • Additional clinical or health related experience
  • Experience in research

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Bronglais General Hospital

Caradoc Road


SY23 1ER

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