Band 6-7 Head and Neck Dietitian

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,472 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
15 Jan 2024

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Band 7
Part Time
Are you looking for a new challenge and want to work in a dynamic and forward-thinking team? Then we have just the job for you. Due to a secondment we have an exciting opportunity to recruit a 0.9wte Head and Neck Dietitian. This is open as Band 7 or as a transitional post for an experienced Band 6 to work towards a Band 7 as part of a competency framework.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible Dietitian who enjoys team working and has experience in nutrition support and enteral feeing to lead the Head and Neck team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (University Hospitals Birmingham). This is the regional head and neck centre in the West Midlands and covers both inpatients and outpatients focusing supporting head and neck cancer surgery, rehabilitation following radiotherapy, palliation and late effects. This caseload will also include non-cancer ENT and maxillo facial patients.

The post consists of 0.9 wte Band 7 post which is fixed term and may be extended. The successful candidate should work well in a MDT and strives for a high level of excellence and will be involved in audits and research to improve patient care.

If this post is for you, come and develop your clinical, multi- professional and audit skills, knowledge and practice with the dietetic team at QEHB.

The dietetic department at QEHB has a robust CPD program, and is committed to providing excellent line management, supervision/support, specialist training and other forms of continuous professional development.

Main duties of the job

This caseload includes an inpatient and out patient caseload, including MDT clinics and home enteral feeding. We have a close working relationship with other MDT members and therefore joint assessments with clinical nurse specialists and speech and language therapists are encouraged. The successful candidate will also be expected to regular MDTs and ward rounds.

The successful candidate will also be involved in audits and projects while in post with the aim of presenting the data at conferences.

The successful candidate will help support junior Dietetic team members and will be supported by an experienced Head and Neck Dietitian.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • - Evidence of relevant GCSE, NVQ, GNVQ, AS and A levels
  • - Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • - Registration with HCPC


  • - MSc or equivalent experience e.g. advanced level of clinical practice / relevant postgraduate, professionally accredited courses



  • - Significant post-graduate experience in relevant specialist area
  • - Practical skill & in-depth experience in a multi-disciplinary setting in relevant specialist field evidenced by a learning portfolio and leading to advanced theoretical knowledge in area/s of clinical practice
  • - Significant to substantial postgraduate experience of working in a specialist capacity in multi-disciplinary teams leading to the acquisition of advanced theoretical knowledge and highly developed skills.
  • - Experience of training Dietetic students
  • - Evidence of relevant continued professional development in following areas
  • - Clinical e.g.
  • o accredited specialist training courses
  • o attendance at specialist group meetings of BDA
  • o Advanced Diploma in Dietetic Practice
  • o attendance at relevant multi-disciplinary courses/conferences
  • - Teaching e.g.
  • o presentation skills
  • o clinical supervisory skills training for student training
  • o communication skill training / counselling skills training
  • o cognitive behaviour therapy training (CBT)
  • - High level of dietetic knowledge gained through attendance at postgraduate specialist courses
  • - In depth knowledge of research and audit
  • - In depth knowledge of nutritional assessment / nutritional screening tools
  • - Knowledge and experience of all types of nutritional support
  • - Maintains excellent knowledge of clinical developments
  • - Requires working knowledge of IT / computer programmes
  • -


  • - Evidence of ongoing regular attendance on post-graduate training courses and clinical development at highly specialist level
  • - Evidence of attendance at national conferences
  • - Knowledge of the Strategic direction of the Trust
  • - Experience of teaching professional and patient groups

Additional Criteria


  • - Excellent interpersonal and team working skills
  • - Ability to absorb, interpret and summarise complex verbal information
  • - Ability to cope with a variety of personal and professional approaches to patient care
  • - Ability to discuss and influence with healthcare professionals across multidisciplinary teams and other agencies
  • - Ability to communicate where there are barriers to understanding in addition to any communication impairment
  • - Ability to analyse, interpret and explain complex information on diagnosis, management plan and their implications in a clear and precise manner to patients, their relatives and members of the multi-professional team
  • - Ability to use skills of motivation, negotiation and problem solving with colleagues, members of the multi professional team and other professionals on a daily basis
  • - Ability to absorb, interpret and summarize verbal information in a pressurised clinical environment
  • - Skills in planning treatment for patients with complex and changing needs
  • - Ability to manage a dietetic team

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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