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Specialist Dietitian

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting a Specialist Dietitian to our Chronic conditions team, to support our CF & diabetes services from teenagers to adulthood. We welcome applications from anyone interested in this field including current Band 5s. You'll be supported to develop your skills and knowledge to become an autonomous Band 6 practitioner.

You'll undertake much of your work within our supportive MDTs working alongside specialist nurses, physios, pharmacists & doctors. There are significant CPD opportunities such as attending international conferences, frequent national webinars, as well as in house learning and development.

Our department covers adults & paeds across a variety of specialties. Supervision is provided by team members from across the department, so we all benefit from our wide range of experience.

Whatever your role in our department, you have a voice when it comes to how we work. We're always open to feedback if you've got an idea on how we can improve things we're willing to support you to take the lead on getting things right. We pride ourselves on our efforts to welcome new team members. We have regular social events from the theatre to Dungeons & Dragons, axe throwing to picnics. We are serious when it comes to baking & have monthly in-work lunches where we enjoy foods & drinks from a different country each time.

Please apply if you are a current or new band 5 and have a strong interest in working in this amazing role.

Main duties of the job

When you first arrive with us you will have a 4 week induction period where you will have shadowing opportunities across the specialities. You will then be supported to take on your own clinics

On an ongoing basis your responsibilities will include:
  • Day to day patient care
  • Prioritisation and organisation of caseloads
  • Research and audit
  • CPD activities
  • Mentoring & supervising junior Dietitians, Dietetic assistants and Practitioners, Apprentices and students
  • Involvement or leading projects to support departmental improvement
  • Active involvement in team meetings and discussions

You will be encouraged and supported in your CPD, and as you progress in the role we'll want you to share your knowledge with the wider department, helping to inform and develop departmental policies where required.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as an independent advanced practitioner and be professionally and legally accountable and take responsibility for all aspects of own specialist clinical caseload.
  • To work independently to undertake nutritional assessments and calculate nutritional requirements of patients with complex conditions using anthropometry.
  • To communicate evidence based nutritional and dietary advice in an understandable form.
  • To use highly developed communication and informal counselling skills such as reflective listening, open questioning, empathy, explanation and reassurance to communicate dietary intervention to patients and carers.
  • To gain valid consent to treatment and negotiate change with patients by breaking down barriers, using motivational skills, to enable them to achieve dietary targets set.
  • To devise, monitor and review complex nutritional care plans against outcome measures taking into account social, psychological, cognitive, behavioural and cultural needs, as well as taking into account the needs of the carer and adjust care plan to facilitate achievement of goals.
  • To work in an often-stressful environment of looking after patients with a terminal illness and helping support the patient and carers through the emotional responsibility this can entail.
  • To undertake designated specialist outpatient clinics.
  • To actively participate in multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • To ensure safe and timely transfer of patients by liaising with appropriate internal and external agencies.
  • To decide daily on priorities for own work area balancing patient related and professional demands.
  • To act as a source of specialist information and advise on current best practice for colleagues and other health care professionals.

Please see the attached job description for full details. This document contains both Band 5 & Band 6 job descriptions.

Person Specification



  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration in Dietetics



  • Significant post registration experience, some of which should be in the specialist area



  • Good time management and ability to prioritise workload

Attitude, aptitude


  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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