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Specialist Dietitian - Home enteral Feeding and Community

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time Band 6 Post

We have a great opportunity for a dietitian with a passion for enteral feeding to join our Home Enteral Feeding team. You will work alongside a team of senior dietitians and dietetic assistant to provide a comprehensive service to a diverse group of patients requiring enteral nutrition support in their own homes and residential/care homes. Our team has over 120 patients on its caseload living in West Sussex. A car driver is essential.

We are keen to hear from you if you're looking for different working patterns/part-time hours as other opportunities may be available.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will manage their own caseload of adult home enteral nutrition patients. We have excellent working relationships with our acute dietetic teams, gastroenterology consultants and nutrition support team. You will provide clinical support and supervision to Band 5 acute dietitians, as appropriate, to develop their knowledge and skills in this specialist area. Working in the HEF team will provide you with extensive opportunities to work with the wider community health care teams, participate in education and training, and develop your leadership skills.

This post is based at Worthing Hospital and will join our department of 23 dietitians providing services to Worthing Hospital (approx. 540 beds), outpatients and the surrounding community. The department is well respected and has clinical speciality areas in acute medicine, critical care, diabetes, elderly care, gastroenterology, home enteral tube feeding, oncology, paediatrics, stroke/neurology and surgery.

Informal visits & questions are very welcome.

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

To work as part of the Dietitians Department that provides a qualitydietetic service to in-patients and out-patients. The post-holder will:- Manage their own caseload of adult patients.- Work with the other home enteral feeding (HEF)dietitians in providing a comprehensive service to these clients, including undertaking home visits.- Work under the direction of the advanced dietitians, gaining competencies and skills to extend complexity of caseload including the support of tube maintenance and replacement.- Occasionally go onto the wards to support transfer of care from the acute dietitians (on admission or discharge).- Work with the Trusts contracted company for Home Enteral Feeding delivery services and their nursing support.As part of the dietetic services, the post-holder will also:- Participate in supervision of dietetic students on clinical placement.- Support clinical supervision and appraisals of band 5 dietitians and dietetic support workers.- Cover clinical workload of other dietitians, e.g. during annual or maternity leave, particularly within the HEF services.- Undertake normal activities of department MDT working, projects, meetings, service developments, audits & research, developing resources, CPD, training health professionals, lead/participate innational events (Nutrition & Hydration week, Dietitians Week), etc.This workload may be subject to change depending on internal department service review, e.g. maternity or sick leave cover, changingservice demands. They will work under the direction and support of theTeam Lead and advanced dietitian in HEF.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • Excellent communication skills - articulate in all forms - written and verbal
  • presentation skills
  • experience of teaching groups

Knowledge, Training & Experience


  • Clinical experience in general dietetics and ability to manage complex patients
  • experience with enteral feeding
  • experience of evaluating dietetic practice and clinical audit


  • clinical experience of patients in a community setting, home enteral feeding and care and management of gastrostomy feeding tubes



  • Degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Evidence of ongoing professional training / development, e.g. clinical supervisory skills
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration - dietitian


  • Relevant training or qualification (or working towards), e.g. Masters, 2nd relevant degree, leadership course, etc.
  • Member of BDA or other body conferring professional insurance - full

Analytical and Judgemental


  • Understand quality assurance and clinical audit
  • Manage clinically complex patients

Planning and Organisational Skills


  • manage caseload - prioritise and plan workload
  • meet deadlines

Human Resources


  • experience of supervising student dietitians


  • experience of supervising other dietitians or support workers

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates the behaviours and attitudes to support the Trust vision of 'we care'
  • attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn and able to identify their own learning and development needs
  • valid driving licence with access to own car for work (home visits)

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing Hospital

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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