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Highly Specialist Dietitian (Medicine)

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 Medical Specialist Dietitian, Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced dietitian interested in enhancing leadership and service development skills in a Team Lead role. We are looking for an innovative, self-motivated dietitian with excellent leadership, team working and organisational skills.

You will be responsible for the inpatient acute medical team, covering respiratory medicine, palliative care, Department of Medicine for Older People and acute medical admissions unit.

Substantial post registration experience in acute NHS hospital settings is required with a broad range of experience and knowledge of complex feeding issues, MDT working and holistic care. Communication skills and flexibility are vital as you will be involved in co-ordinating a team of dietitians alongside therapy colleagues to meet clinical need whilst facilitating discharge.

You will be an integral part of the dietetic leadership team at the RLUH working with other Band 7 team leads across the trust.

Training opportunities will support you to develop clinical, leadership and research skills, helping you thrive in this role. Enthusiasm for quality improvement, teaching and coaching, and service development is essential. You will be supported to participate in and contribute to research projects.

We are committed to developing your knowledge and skills to their full potential, enhancing your talent to provide the best service possible.

Main duties of the job

Clinically the post holder will be responsible for covering a busy in-patient caseload providing specialised dietetic support for medical patients. The post holder will be expected to attend MDT meetings and ward rounds and will work closely with our medical, AHP teams and specialist nurses. The post holder will be part of a wider medical team comprised of Specialist Dietitians for Nephrology, Diabetes, Nutrition Support, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases and Haematology and will provide support for band 6 and band 5 rotational staff working within medicine.

We are looking for a Dietitian with excellent communication skills, the ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Operational responsibilities include monitoring referrals and activity, prioritising caseload as necessary, evaluating activity, responding to service demands. The Dietitian will work with the team contributing to service improvement, training, supervision of junior staff and assistants, development of protocols, policies, resources, standards and audit.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details see the Job Description attached.

Job Summary

To provide factually accurate, unbiased evidence based nutritional advice appropriate to the needs of individual. Advice will be provided using a patient-centred approach, in the context of multidisciplinary, multiagency delivery plans.

Job Purpose

To be a clinical lead in the Trust for nutrition and dietetic services to your own specialist area. This involves:-
  • Personally providing the dietetic service to in-patients and out-patients.
  • Educating/training other members of the multi-disciplinary team in specialist area.
  • Clinical supervision of newly qualified staff and Band 5/Band 6 dietitians on rotation.
  • Training of Student Dietitians.
  • Development and implementation of policies, protocols and guidelines relevant to clinical speciality.

  • Person Specification



    • BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics/PhD Nutrition and Dietetics.
    • Current registration with HCPC.
    • Membership of BDA or equivalent professional indemnity insurance.
    • Post registration validated training in specialist area - (BDA validated or MSc equivalent
    • Supervisory Skills training, minimum introductory level.


    • Supervisory Skills training advanced level.
    • Member of specialist interest group
    • Educated to masters level or equivalent
    • Attended leadership/management training.



    • Broad clinical experience, including post registration experience in speciality
    • Evidence of multidisciplinary team working
    • Experience of supporting learning of other healthcare professionals.
    • Experience and evidence of continuing personal and professional development in practice
    • Experience in the training of student dietitians
    • Previous experience of conducting audits and or research.


    • Evidence of service review/development.
    • Experience of clinical supervision of others
    • Experience of influencing others to improve patient care.



    • Establish effective communication methods to convey specialist knowledge to patients individually and in groups in a variety of settings.


    • Post registration credited learning in enhanced communication skills.



    • Demonstrates good presentation skills.
    • Accurate anthropometry skills
    • Implements behavioural/counselling techniques to constructively overcome barriers to change
    • Able to work autonomously within area of specialism using critical thinking and expert practitioner level judgement.
    • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritise tasks and support others to do the same.
    • Demonstrates confidence and motivation to work autonomously using clinical judgement in environments with little direct support.


    • I.T. skills - keyboard, email, Powerpoint



    • Demonstrates holistic patient centred approach.
    • Commitment to maintain dietetic profile within the multidisciplinary team.
    • Self-reliant and self-motivated but willing to seek advice and support of others.
    • Supportive approach to learners.
    • Ability to respond to unpredictable work patterns
    • Enhanced CRB Disclosure


    • Collaborative and constructive

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Royal Liverpool Hospital


    L7 8XP

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