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Surgical and Gastroenterology Dietitian

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Are you an experienced Dietitian looking for a Band 6 post to develop your skills in specialist clinical care as well as in supervision/leadership and service improvement?

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Dietitian to work for 12 months to deliver and develop the service provision for the gastroenterology and surgical wards at Musgrove Park Hospital. In addition, you will gain dietetic experience of working in critical care, parenteral nutrition (PN) and eating disorders with support from our Nutrition Support Specialist Dietitians.

What can we offer you?
  • Strong opportunity to develop your supervision and leadership skills
  • Opportunities to advance broader dietetic skills including guideline development and training of others
  • Gain experience and develop skills in critical care, PN and adult inpatient eating disorders through formal training and supervised/supported practice

What are we looking for?

Ideally, you'll have varied post-graduate experience, covering a range of specialties and have specific experience in working with patients with gastroenterological and surgical conditions. Dietetic experience of critical care and PN is desirable, but not essential as we will support you with any training needs.

You need to be registered as a Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council and ideally have current NHS experience.

We are a very friendly, hardworking and supportive team and would love to welcome you to join us!

Main duties of the job

Working with a Band 5 Dietitian and Dietetic support staff, you will provide a dietetic service to the gastroenterology and surgical wards.This will involve not just providing the clinical care but also taking responsibility for service improvement across these designated wards. You will also deliver a regular outpatient clinic within this specialist area.

Working alongside Band 7 Nutrition Support Specialist Dietitians you will also have the opportunity to gain experience of providing dietetic care in the areas of critical care, PN and adult inpatient eating disorders.

Informal visits welcome.

About us

You'll work very closely with a Band 5 Dietitian and Dietetic support staff, and will become a part of a friendly, welcoming, growing team of Dietitians, Dietetic Apprentices, Dietetic Assistants,Nutrition Nurses and Administrative staff on the acute site at Musgrove Park Hospital as well as our dietetic colleagues at Yeovil District Hospital and the Community team.

We take Student Dietitians from Plymouth University for A, B and C placements and provide placements for Dietetic Apprenticeship Programmes. We actively encourage training and CPD. As a service we provide Bank Holiday cover to inpatients and work flexibly to provide clinical cover to specialist areas.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description for further information about the role and the personal requirements and specification.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered Dietitian


  • Experience of teaching groups



  • Broad dietetic knowledge
  • Up to date knowledge of national guidelines and recommendations for nutrition support



  • Varied post registration experience in clinical dietetics
  • Experience in relevant specialist area


  • Experience of working in an NHS setting
  • Experience of mentorship and supervision of others

Skills and Abilities


  • Good communication skills - able to adapt
  • Ability to work in a team and promote positive relationships
  • Evidence of emerging leadership skills
  • Time management/prioritisation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Road



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