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Upper GI and HPB Dietitian

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £44,629 per annum pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
We have a career developing opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated dietitian to join our Upper gastrointestinal (UGI) and Hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) teams. We are encouraging applications from those with some clinical experience who may be considering these areas to specialise in.

You will be a part of an award winning, proactive dietetic department at The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust in Guildford. As an integral member of both MDTs, you will have the opportunity to gain experience and develop your skills in the dietetic management of both oncology and surgical UGI and HPB patients in a supportive environment with peer supervision and on the job training.

The post will be split across the week two days with the UGI team of four Macmillan specialist dietitians in a rotation between surgery and oncology and three days with the HPB team of five dietitians.

The Royal Surrey Foundation Trust is an established regional unit for both UGI and HPB surgery and oncology, with chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments delivered onsite at St Luke's Cancer Centre. You will be supporting patients from diagnosis throughout their treatment pathway including through oncological and surgical interventions. This will include working on our surgical wards, within the cancer centre and at multidisciplinary outpatient clinics across the network.

Main duties of the job

You will join a forward thinking dietetic team which undertakes the training of A, B and C placement students, and also focuses on research and audit in its areas of activity to promote clinical effectiveness in patient care. You will be encouraged to develop both personally and professionally, with the chance to shadow and learn from experienced specialist dietitians.

If you are an experienced, HCPC registered dietitian with growing interest in surgery and oncology, looking for an opportunity to develop your skills within a friendly and supportive team, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested and would like to have an informal discussion regarding the role and our team, please call Alice Kidd or Mary Phillips

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognizing that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide dietetic support within an agreed caseload to individuals requiring treatment for UGI oncological diagnoses, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery along with benign UGI pathologies
  • To provide dietetic support throughout the surgical journey for HPB patients.
  • To apply skills, knowledge and experience specific to this specialty to calculate nutritional requirements and interpret biochemical and anthropometric measurements.
  • To initiate, establish and monitor enteral feeding care for patients, and continued monitoring in the community.
  • To provide dietetic advice utilising motivational, empathetic and reassurance skills to enable the patient to change their behaviour in areas of diet, personal health management and activity.
  • To be responsible for providing nutrition support to patients who lack capacity to consent working closely with the doctors and nursing staff to ensure appropriate capacity assessments, documentation and discussion with patients next of kin, take place according to trust policy.
  • To provide specialist advice to Trust doctors, GPs, and other prescribers on the appropriate prescribing of nutritional supplements (including energy, protein, vitamin and mineral supplements).
  • To provide a resource of expert nutritional knowledge for other health professionals (including dietitians), across the Trust and in other units that refer to the Specialty Team.
  • To work with other professionals to ensure best practice. This will include reviewing, updating and implementing nutrition and dietetic-related policies and procedure
  • To review and update educational material for patient use, and for healthcare professionals, with special reference to UGI/HPB nutrition support.
  • To develop skills in indirect calorimetry
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner holding responsibility for own caseload of patients with complex physical, psychological & cognitive problems.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Dietetics or equivalent and registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development


  • Member of the British Dietetics Association
  • Membership of BDA specialist group
  • Driving licence

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post qualification experience including nutrition support and enteral feeding
  • Evidence of MDT work
  • Evidence of experience in surgery
  • Experience in parenteral nutrition support
  • Evidence of ability to manage complex clinical presentations


  • Experience and input to oncology/palliative care setting
  • Experience of training/supporting others (including students) within specialist clinical area
  • Work in acute and community settings

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust



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