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Advanced Dietitian (Gastroenterology)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an HCPC registered dietitian with significant experience of working in adult gastroenterology to join our gastroenterology dietetic service based at Southampton General Hospital. The post holder will provide clinical cover to complex gastroenterology inpatients focusing on patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders and eating disorders. Working with this complex group of patients will require extensive liaison with the wider multidisciplinary team. You will work with the gastroenterology dietetic team lead to develop this specialist service. As an advanced gastroenterology dietitian you will provide mentorship to the band 6 gastroenterology dietitians and assist with general gastroenterology cover as required, especially where a more senior assessment if required. The gastroenterology dietetic team comprises of 7 dietitians working within the wider acute adult dietetic team. We are a busy, hardworking team known for its friendliness, support and development opportunities. As a member of the multidisciplinary team you will participate in regular CPD sessions and MDT education meetings. UHS is a regional centre for gastroenterology, with an active research programme linked to the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 130 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing both acute and community services in adults and paediatrics.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll doYou will: Be responsible for providing a dietetic service to adult gastroenterology inpatients, with a focus on patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders and eating disorders. Provide complex nutritional assessment and support to gastroenterology patients including oral and enteral nutrition support and liaison with the nutrition support team in provision of parenteral nutrition. Provide a clinical service to general gastroenterology inpatients and outpatients and clinical mentorship to band 6 gastroenterology dietitians. Work in a variety of clinical settings including acute medical wards and outpatient clinics. Be a key member of the multidisciplinary team working closely with the medical team, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers. You will also be required to liaise closely with teams at other hospitals. Work with the team lead gastroenterology dietitian to develop the service to inpatients with functional gastrointestinal disorders and eating disorders. Provide educational talks on the importance of nutrition in gastroenterology to inform patients, nurses, doctors and students. Continued professional development is actively encouraged, there will be the opportunity to be involved in service development and regular audit. Be involved with the supervision and support of junior dietitians and dietetic assistants as well as student training placements.

What were looking forWe are looking for someone who has a keen interest in nutrition in gastroenterology, with evidence of relevant, strong clinical skills. Experience of working with gastroenterology patients is essential. Flexibility, ability to prioritise and manage a busy, complex caseload is important. You must have excellent communication skills as well as an empathic nature to help patients manage their condition and be aware of the psychological impact this may have. You will be organised and well-motivated, demonstrating an ability to act as a senior member of a multidisciplinary team.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree or equivalent in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • HCPC (Health and Care professions Council) registered dietitian (RD)
  • Evidence of post-graduate training in relevant speciality
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience and involvement with training
  • Evidence of extensive dietetic knowledge and highly specialist expertise in relevant specialist area with recent experience demonstrating this
  • Ability to carry out physical anthropometric measurements and assess nutritional status
  • Demonstration of understanding of clinical governance and its implications for service delivery


  • Member of British Dietetic Association (BDA) and relevant specialist groups
  • Experience of leading or co-ordinating audit or research work.
  • Clinical supervisory skills training

Skills and competencies


  • Presentation skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Keyboard skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Policy development
  • Report writing
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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