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Band 6 Gastroenterology Dietitian (training post)

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking to move into the field of gastroenterology but don't have the experience, then this is the post for you.

Whether you are a Band 5 Dietitian looking to develop your specialist skills or a Band 6 Dietitian wishing to move to a different speciality.

As this is a trainee post, full training will be given.

The successful applicant needs to be motivated, forward-thinking and be a supportive team player who pride themselves on delivering the highest quality evidence based practice.

Main duties of the job

This post is based at our Royal Blackburn Hospital site, with outpatient clinics across East Lancashire.

You would be responsible for managing a caseload of adult outpatients referred for Dietetic Gastroenterology support. Patient conditions include Coeliac Disease, IBD, IBS, Diverticular Disease, Liver and general gastroenterology patients.

Clinical support, supervision and training will be given from the band 7 Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian as well as band 6 Specialist Dietitians in the team.

About us

East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (ELHT) has one of the largest Digestive Diseases units with 10 Gastroenterologists, 3 IBD nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Liver nurses, Endoscopists' that use state of the art technology. The Trust is a national Hepatobiliary centre.

You would be joining a Dietetic Gastroenterology team of 4 Gastroenterology Specialist Dietitians. The Dietitians work closely with the Gastroenterology MDT and are respected as key members of the team.

The East Lancashire Hospitals Trust Dietetic Department is one of the largest in the region and covers the hospitals and communities of East Lancashire. The department covers both inpatients, outpatients and the community and looks after patients from from cradle to the grave. The department has nearly 90 staff and covers many specialties and is known for its innovation, development and training.

All Patient records are electronic whether it be Cerner as an inpatient or EMIS in the community.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a Dietitian wishing to gain experience in gastroenterology, to join our dynamic team. Gastroenterology experience is desirable but not essential as training will be given.

You would nutritionally manage a wide range of out-patients with gastrointestinal conditions.

Coeliac Disease - You would be part of our well-established Dietetic led adult Coeliac clinics with weekly consultant MDTs. You would have a mixture of Coeliac annual review clinics, clinics and group sessions for newly diagnosed Coeliac patients.

IBD - You would be part of our IBD MDTs and be part of a team supporting our large number of patients we have on polymeric diets. You will be involved in evolving the IBD service and exploring the possibility of joint MDT clinics.

Liver - Your caseload would include liver patients and you would be part of developing the liver MDT.

IBS- You would be part of our IBS service which uses a mixture of online resources, group sessions and one to one clinic appointments to deliver first- and second-line dietary advice.

General Gastroenterology - You would run general gastroenterology clinics to cover a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders not covered above requiring Dietetic support.

The post may also have opportunities to cover the gastroenterology in-patient wards.

We are a teaching hospital so the post holder would be expected to take part in clinical student training for Dietitians, Medical Students and other Health Care Professionals.

The department is an experienced trainer for Dietetic students and provides placements for all the different levels of student placements from Chester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashireas well as apprentice Dietitians.

Informal enquiries and visits welcome. For further details please contact Tara Green or Louise Henriksen

Person Specification



  • BSc or MSc in Dietetics
  • HCPC current registration.
  • Clinical supervisory skills


  • Post graduate Dietetic relevant qualifications



  • Recent relevant post graduate Dietetic experience
  • Clinical supervision of Dietitians, Dietetic support staff and students
  • Demonstrable evidence of ongoing CPD
  • Experience of working as part of an MDT
  • Worked in the NHS as a Dietitian


  • Experience working in Gastroenterology
  • Experience working as part of a MDT Nutritional Support team

Skills & Aptitudes


  • Organisational and time management skills
  • IT skills (competent in the use of Microsoft office applications)
  • Ability to interpret complex clinical conditions including biochemistry
  • Competence in calculating nutritional requirements and developing nutrition care plans
  • Highly developed negotiation, persuasion, motivating, counselling and problem solving skills
  • Clinically competent to give specialist nutritional support advice to patients and their support network


  • Ability to support Departmental and Trust guidelines/policies for the acute setting
  • Clinically competent to initiate and monitor complex enteral feed regimes.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to respond to unpredictable work patterns and frequent interruptions
  • Ability to prioritise own caseloads effectively
  • Effective working relationships with Dietetic team and MDT
  • Positive approach to change
  • Flexible, adaptable and creative
  • Commitment to work across all ELHT service delivery areas as required.

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Royal Blackburn Hospital

Haslingden Road



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