Specialist Dietitian

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
11 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Specialist Acute Dietitian

Band 6, 37.5 hours per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Fixed term 18 month post

Are you looking for a new challenge and wanting to advance your career in the specialist areas of surgical, home enteral feeding and critical care.

We are excited to advertise this post, in these highly interesting areas, on a full-time basis. You will be supported by the dietetic team to develop the knowledge and skills required to provide dietetic care to patients under these services. These specialist areas have significant MDT working where the dietitian is a valued and well-established team member.

The team form part of our friendly and dynamic Dietetic Department at the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation trust. The department values personal and service development and offers opportunities for flexible working and working from home.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Dietitian with excellent communication and team working skills.

Main duties of the job

Working as part of the dietetic team, assess, treat and manage patients referred for dietetic advice.

Provide dietetic advice to inpatients and outpatients including patient groups. The role will have a focus on acute surgical, critical care and home enteral feeding inpatients and respiratory outpatients amongst other general medical/surgical patients.

Provide training to student dietitians and supervise their clinical placements.

Undertake relevant audit to further best practice.

About us

Join us at UHSussex , every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

St Richards Hospital, is a 450-bed district general hospital situated in Chichester. It is part of University Hospitals Sussex Trust.

Dietetic specialities include acute, diabetes, gastroenterology, paediatrics, bariatrics, nutrition support, eating disorders and community Dietetics.

We train student dietitians for A, B and C placements.

We are committed to training and professional development.

There are excellent IT facilities in all offices and laptops for each dietitian.

Main Responsibilities
  • Undertake dietetic assessments of referred patients taking into account medical, social, cultural and psychological factors. Calculate nutritional requirements based on the interpretation of anthropometry, biochemistry, clinical condition and other physical parameters.
  • Determine and prescribe the appropriate dietetic treatment and develop treatment plans.
  • Advise on the prescription of borderline substances such as nutritional supplements, tube feeds and vitamin and mineral supplements and liaise with appropriate agencies about monitoring.
  • Provide nutrition and dietary advice which is based on current evidence and is appropriate to the patients medical, social, cultural and psychological factors.
  • Provide training to patients, carers and staff on enteral feeding (EF) equipment, register patients on Nutricia Homeward system prior to discharge and order equipment/appropriate ancillaries for EF patients.
  • Negotiate change with patients to enable them to achieve targets, overcoming barriers to change including dietary, environmental, social and psychological factors.

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Postgraduate Diploma in dietetics
  • Evidence of post registration study
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Dietitian

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • At least 12 months post-graduate NHS experience with a range of acute inpatients and outpatient specialities
  • Experience of working in the nutritional management of patients in this speciality
  • Good and up to date clinical dietetic skills and knowledge
  • Understand complex clinical information
  • Experience in the clinical training of student dietitians
  • presentation and Teaching skills

Communication and relationship skills


  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Good written, verbal communication and presentation skills with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to work as a team member

Planning and Organisational skills


  • Time management and self organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise own workload
  • Flexible and adaptive

personal Qualities


  • Ability to work autonomously

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


St Richard's Hospital

Spitalfield Lane



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