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Principal Dietitian & ICU

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year pa inc
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced and motivated Dietitian to lead our adult dietetic team at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Hillingdon Hospital is a busy district general hospital in North West London and has a diverse patient population. It is situated close to Heathrow Airport and Brunel University and within a 10 minute commute by public transport to Uxbridge Town Centre which has excellent transport links to central London. The Trust has on-site accommodation and a crche.

Our friendly team consists of 13 Dietitians, 7 Speech & Language Therapists, 3 Administrators, an assistant and a job share service managers.

The post holder will be responsible for the operational management and leadership of the adult dietetic team consisting of 6 dietitians, an assistant and a nutrition specialist nurse. They will also be responsible for the delivery of a high quality, evidence-based dietetic advice to a complex ICU/HDU and surgical caseload within the hospital. The post holder will require a broad range of highly specialist clinical skills to assess and treat in and out patients including providing cover for the general wards and outpatients caseload.

Main duties of the job

As well as excellent dietetic knowledge, skills and experience, we are looking for someone who has proven leadership abilities and has experience in providing supervision and support to junior and unqualified staff. We are fully committed to the development of our people so you can expect a range of opportunitiesthat willsupport you todevelop as a manager and leader.

As the audit lead for the dietetic team the post holder will be expected to undertake clinical audits and support dietetic staff undertaking audits as well as contribute to the wider Inpatient Therapy Governance agenda. There are excellent opportunities and guidance for ongoing personal development including a well established borough-wide Dietetic network who offer peer support.

To act as nutrition support lead both clinically and in the area of education.

Todeliver specialised nutrition support advice to a variety of in and out patients, which requires in depth clinical knowledge.

To take the lead on audit across the dietetic team.

To provide effective and efficient organisation, management and leadership of senior, junior and support staff through supervision, support & personal development process.

About us

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the only acute Hospital in the London Borough of Hillingdon and offers a wide range of services including accident and emergency, inpatient care, day surgery, outpatient clinics and maternity services. The Trust's services at Mount Vernon Hospital include routine day surgery, delivered at a modern treatment centre, a minor injuries unit and outpatient clinics.

The safety and well-being of our patients and of our staff is paramount and we are making urgent improvements to address this - particularly in infection prevention and control. We are making progress and going forward by working in partnership with local GPs, charities,community services, academic partners, our local authority, neighbouring hospitals and the wider North West London Integrated care system, and ensuring that we listen and work in partnership with our local population. We are absolutely focused on ensuring that our hospitalsprovide high quality, safe and compassionate care, while drive forward the building of the new Hillingdon Hospital.

We have over 3,500 members of staff that are proud to care for nearly half a million people, with a vision to be an outstanding provider of healthcare through leading health and academic partnerships, transforming services, to provide the best care where needed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for a full list of role requirements and main responsibilities.

Person Specification

Person Spec


  • Degree or equivalent or post graduate qualification in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Evidence of further post graduate study in dietetics at masters level e.g. British Dietetic Association (BDA) postgraduate courses equivalent to Masters degree
  • Evidence of current HCPC registration (State Registered Dietitian)


  • Advanced Diploma in Dietetic Practice
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association or covered by professional indemnity insurance
  • Member of specialist interest group e.g. BDA PENG

Employer details

Employer name

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The Hillingdon Hospital

Pield Heath Road



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