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Specialist Weight Management Dietitian/Nutritionist

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are advertising for a dietitian or nutritionist to work on full time hours in our specialist weight management and bariatric team on a permanent contract.

You will work alongside a team of dietitians and practitioners to support patients with weight management pre and post bariatric surgery in a out patient clinic setting based at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire.

You will also work closely with the multi-disciplinary team, including psychologists, bariatric nurses, endocrinologists and bariatric surgeons.

Please be advised that this post is open to both registered Dietitians and Nutritionists. Please refer to the relevant Job description and Person Specification for further details on the roles criteria.

Main duties of the job

With appropriate training and ongoing support from senior colleagues when necessary:

Provides specialist dietetic advice on the dietary / nutritional management of patients on a specialist caseload within UHCW for obesity including those on medical and surgical treatment.

Assesses and treats own workload of highly specialised patients / clients and maintains associated records including out-patients

Liaises with dietetic colleagues and other members of hospital staff as necessary e.g. medical, nursing, catering and other health professionals.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work autonomously to provide timely specialist dietetic advice to patients, their carers and staff within agreed protocols and guidelines and with support from senior colleagues including

Carry out nutritional assessments (interpretation of biochemistry, anthropometrics, clinical condition, consideration of medications, social environment and diet history) to determine nutritional problem.

Development of treatment plans (calculation of nutritional requirements, analysis of nutritional intakes sometimes using specialist IT systems, client centred goals and discharge planning including patients on artificial nutritional support).

Prescription of dietary treatment and ACBS products for conditions where there are limited professional / clinical guidelines available (Dietitian only).

Monitor patient progress through agreed pathways for pre and post-surgery.

To be clinically competent following appropriate training to give specialist dietetic advice, treatment and dietary counselling to patients in, in-patient and out-patient clinic locations including consultant led clinics and structured group education programmes as appropriate.

To communicate nutrition and dietetic information in an understandable form to a range of healthcare professionals in different settings, clients and carers, requiring negotiation, persuasion, motivation and counselling skills including situations where there are barriers to change.

To use appropriate communication skills and resources to ensure that suitably accessible information is available to individuals on their dietary treatment/care plans.

To liaise with catering, nursing and dietetic staff to ensure the provision of service for individual patients

To attend and participate in multidisciplinary meetings, raising concerns and requesting referrals to other healthcare professionals, or further investigations as required.

To participate in the health promotion activities of the department.

To work flexible hours to meet the needs of the patients and the service as required

To cover the work of colleagues and deputise for senior colleagues during periods of absence or peak workloads

To undertake training and supervision to be competent in performing routine and emergency gastric band adjustments.


To actively participate in the forward planning and day to day activity of the department

To develop and update of departmental evidence based clinical guidelines, policies, procedures and patient information

To follow policies and clinical guidelines and propose changes to working practices in own area based on current evidence and best practice

To plan and prioritise own workload and evaluate own practice

Training and education

To plan and organise the clinical supervision of student dietitians and newly qualified dietitians including mentorship, planning, timetables and written assessments.

To carry out relevant education & training for healthcare professionals, catering, medical staff and students across different settings as required.

To participate in the departmental Clinical Governance programme including evidence based practice workshops, clinical audit, monitoring outcomes, service evaluation and reporting of clinical risks


To keep up to date with current developments in dietetics and participate in appropriate Continuous Professional Development activities

To actively participate and contribute to departmental clinical supervision group to ensure a regular evaluation of practice through peer review.

Ensure that all Trust wide and departmental standards and clinical guidelines are maintained and monitored to improve the quality of total care, to all who come into contact with services provided by University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Participate in personal reviews and work to achieve agreed set objectives.

To document patient activity data in accordance with trust and professional standards, contributing to national data collection as required.

To work as an autonomous practitioner working within the BDA Code of professional conduct and HPC Standards of conduct, performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency (Dietitians).

For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


University Hospital Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road



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