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Senior Dietitian Neurosciences

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience salary dependent on experience
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to employ a driven and dynamic dietitian to join our team of 10 adult acute dietitians at the Denmark Hill site of King's College Hospital. This will be an incredibly rewarding post for a dietitian wishing to further develop their skills in nutrition support and multidisciplinary team working.

Main duties of the job

As part of the neurosciences team, you will be responsible for delivering the dietetic input to the neurosurgical inpatient service. Strong skills in inpatient nutrition support are required with experience of managing complex patients, as part of an effective MDT.

This role sits within the adult acute dietetic team at King's and there will be an opportunity to also provide cover to high dependency patients and neurology patients as required. The post holder will be expected to assist in planning the strategic development of the service and in supporting junior dietitians.

You will play an integral role in the large, supportive dietetic team at King's College Hospital. Our dietetics department expects all staff to be involved in the teaching of other healthcare professionals, in line with our mission to provide excellence in clinical care, research and teaching in King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

We also undertake student training and you would play an active role in student supervision. The department supports flexible working under the King's Flex system.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and around 14,000 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local hospital services across its different sites, and specialist services from King's College Hospital (KCH) sites at Denmark Hill in Camberwell and at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) site in Bromley.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

The trust-wide strategy Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we can take Team King's to another level.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Formulate and deliver individual dietetic treatment plans for patients based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of a wide range of dietetic treatments.
  • Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • Represent the dietetic service and/or individual patients at multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service, and integrate dietetic therapy into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning.
  • Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients. Use persuasive and empathetic communication skills to motivate patients so enabling them to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding and/or communicating.
  • To be responsible for the discharge planning of patients going home on artificial nutritional support.
  • Undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidence based practice projects, audit and outcome measures either individually or with more senior dietitians.
  • Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidenced-based practice in the each area, developing specialist knowledge of particular conditions and patient groups.

To understand the role in more detail please refer to the full Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • BSc/ Post graduate diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • HCPC registered
  • Experience of working in acute environments
  • Experience in the nutritional management of dysphagia
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Membership of an appropriate professional development group e.g. neuroscience specialist group of the BDA
  • Experience of nutrition support within Neurosurgery
  • Experience in line management

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Denmark Hill



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