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Specialist Dietitian - Gastroenterology

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Are you a HCPC registered Dietitian looking for an opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills within the area of gastroenterology? Thenlook no further as we have an exciting fixed term opportunity within our friendly and supportive department at Weston General Hospital!

You would be working as part of our acute dietetic team providing dietetic care to inpatients within the gastroenterology pathway. Additionally, some outpatient work is included within this role. It would be advantageous to have a range of acute experience including with TPN and within an ITU setting.

We are a team of 12 Dietitians underpinned by 5 Dietetic support workers plus administrative support, working as part of UHBW's larger Adult Nutrition and Dietetic Service based at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

We are a supportive department and as well as providing monthly supervision sessions for our staff, we have recently implemented 1 day per month of protected time for ours staff's professional development. Additionally the Trust offers a wealth of resources to support staff health and wellbeing, including Wellbeing advocates within your team, and we encourage our staff to utilise resources and look after themselves.

Secondments could be considered following discussion with your line manager. We welcome calls to discuss this opportunity further.

Main duties of the job

  • The Dietitian is a specialist member of the dietetic team and is responsible for the delivery of a high quality, comprehensive dietetic service for UHBW. This clinical workload is augmented by a variety of teaching and training activities.
  • This comprehensive service provision is for acute inpatients and out-patients, across gastroenterology pathways. This service will be provided under the guidance and supervision of the senior specialist dietitians.
  • A range of nutritional interventions will be provided but the majority of individually referred inpatients will require complex nutrition support advice, including enteral tube feeding.
  • The provision of evidence-based information and support relating to nutrition and complex conditions.
  • Expert dietetic advice for individually referred outpatients with long term conditions requiring advice beyond basic healthy eating.
  • Using behaviour change skills & holistic approaches to support patients to manage their long-term conditions and goals.
  • The post holder also undertakes any other reasonable duties which may be identified in consultation with the Senior Specialist Dietitians, Team Leaders and the Operational & Professional Lead for Adult Nutrition & Dietetic Services.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

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Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Q1 HCPC registration
  • Q2 Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Q3 Degree/Post Graduate qualification in nutrition or dietetics
  • Q4 Clinical Supervisory Skills (Basic)


  • Q5 BDA Membership
  • Q6 PEN Group Clinical Update Course and/or Behaviour Change Course

Knowledge and experience


  • E1 Proven experience in: -Enteral Nutrition Support -Chronic Disease Management -Nutrition support in acute illness
  • E2 Working as part of a multi-professional Team
  • E3 Student Training
  • E5 Teaching Experience


  • E4 Audit Experience
  • E6 Experience of supervision of junior staff
  • E7 Experience of writing protocols & guideline
  • E8 Experience of working in the community
  • E9 Experience of Home Enteral Nutrition

Skills and abilities


  • S1 Good communication skills at all levels -Oral -Written -Interpersonal
  • S2 Good organisational skills
  • S3 Time Management
  • S4 Teaching/presentation skills in a variety of settings & to professional groups/ grades
  • S5 Computer skills & use of dietary analysis programmes
  • S6 Advanced clinical reasoning
  • S7 Behaviour & motivational interviewing skills
  • S8 Able to maintain effective working relationships across different professions
  • S9 Insight & sensitivity
  • S11 Team player & able to maintain effective working relationships
  • S12 Ability to process highly complex information or situations
  • S13 Ability to work under own initiative
  • S14 Ability to deal with challenging behaviours of patients, carers & students


  • S10 Active/committee member of BDA Specialist Interest Group
  • S15 Access to transport in order to deliver community working

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Weston General Hospital

Grange Road, Uphill


BS23 4TQ

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