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Band 6 Senior Dietitian - Liver and Acute Medicine Pathway

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven and dynamic Dietitian to join our Hepatology and Hepatobiliary dietetic service at the QE and support development of the front door pathway to this service. The QE is a specialist provider of a wide range of disciplines including neurosurgery, burns, oncology, cardiac surgery, transplants, plastic surgery, dermatology, maxillofacial, renal surgery, stroke, vascular surgery and urology. A large and dynamic department of over 50 Dietetic staff. The Hepatology and Hepatobiliary (HPB) unit is one of the largest in the UK. Our quality of care, extensive knowledge and experience of specialist team attracts thousands of patients from across UK and internationally.

We require a highly motivated, flexible, innovative Dietitian with exceptional time management and interpersonal skills. An ability to work safely, responsively and effectively as a team in the areas of complex nutritional support and enteral nutrition. Being involved in providing specialist nutritional care to patients with acute and chronic liver disease, pre and post liver transplant, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and undergoing pancreatic surgery. The service covers both inpatients and outpatients.

The Trust strives to encourage research and innovation and is committed to providing opportunities to encourage professional and personal development.

The successful candidate will join the hepatology and HPB dietetic team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work closely with the Liver and Acute Medicine teams to provide high quality nutrition intervention, as well as providing input in to developing the hepatology, HPB and Acute Medicine pathways.

The successful individual will take on a valuable role in the assessment and treatment of a variety of complex patients so the applicant will ideally have experience in managing hepatology and HPB patients, home enteral feeding, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency and conducting anthropometric assessment, but competency training will be provided.

If you have any questions please contact Jill Johnson ( or Kiri Pointon-Bell ( on 0121 3713485

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *Evidence of relevant GCSE, NVQ, GNVQ, AS and A levels
  • *Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • *Registration with HCPC


  • *MSc or equivalent experience e.g. advanced level of clinical practice / relevant postgraduate, professionally accredited courses



  • *Relevant post registration experience relevant to clinical area.
  • *In depth for nutritional assessment / nutritional screening tools.
  • *Knowledge of all types of nutritional support.
  • *Up to date with clinical developments, with evidence of contributions to clinical meetings / journal clubs.
  • *Working knowledge of computer programmes e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, power point, dietary analysis, data collection and patient information programmes.
  • *Evidence of clinical audit and/or research.
  • *Evidence of multi-disciplinary team work.
  • *Knowledge of standards of record keeping and medico-legal issues.
  • *Experience of training Dietetic students.


  • *Evidence of teaching groups pf professionals and patients
  • *Evidence of ongoing regular attendance on post-graduate training courses and clinical development.
  • *Evidence of attendance at national conferences.
  • *Attendance at specialist group meetings of BDA and accredited specialist training course.
  • *Attendance at relevant multi-disciplinary courses/conferences

Additional Criteria


  • *Ability to work through interpreters and use visual aids
  • *Able to use a range of communication skills
  • *Presentation / teaching skills
  • *To work independently & as part of a team.
  • *Manage and organise own work load.
  • *Use equipment relevant to speciality e.g. skin fold callipers, enteral feeding equipment, weighing scales, stadiometers.
  • *Plan and deliver a clinical audit programme.
  • *Deputise as appropriate
  • *Report writing skills
  • *Complete home enteral feeding discharges competently.
  • *Excellent interpersonal and team working skills.
  • *Ability to absorb, interpret and summarise complex verbal information.
  • *Ability to cope with a variety of personal and professional approaches to patient care.
  • * Ability to discuss and influence with healthcare professionals across multidisciplinary teams and other agencies.
  • *Ability to communicate where there are barriers to understanding in addition to any communication impairment e.g. psychological resistance to change, hostility, extreme distress and grief.
  • *Ability to analyse, interpret and explain complex information on diagnosis, management plan and their implications in a clear and precise manner to patients, their relatives and members of the multiprofessional team.
  • *Ability to use skills of persuasion, motivation, negotiation and problem solving with colleagues, members of the multi professional team and other professionals on a daily basis.
  • Organisational skills with the ability to organise own workload and work in a systematic way
  • * Excellent time management
  • * Excellent interpersonal and team working skills
  • * Demonstrates interest and enthusiasm for nutrition
  • * Motivated to develop the service
  • * Flexibility in the approach to a day in the knowledge that pressure of demand and throughput of patients will impact on original aims of the day
  • * Work onsite due to the clinical caseload
  • *Enthusiasm and commitment to train student dietitians and others
  • *Commitment to CPD


  • *Active member of relevant professional groups

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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