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Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

A fantastic Band 5 Dietitian opportunity has become available in a fast paced, busy acute hospital in the beautiful city of Cambridge. As one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, Addenbrooke's Hospital acts as both a regional and national specialist centre for various medical conditions, with our department of over 90 Dietitians, Dietetic Assistants and Administrative staff playing a vital role in a number of these across the Trust.

As part of this post, you will be one of nine Band 5 Dietitians and will have the opportunity to manage both an Inpatient and Outpatient caseload. You will be working within one of our adult specialist teams within the department, with support from Band 6 and Band 7 Dietitians to help develop your skills. The teams that you may be part of include:
  • Oncology
  • Neuro and Critical Care
  • Gastroenterology, Renal and Hepatology
  • MODEL (Metabolics, Obesity, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Lipids)
  • Paediatrics

This post would be ideal for both newly qualified Dietitians looking for their first post and experienced Band 5 Dietitians seeking for a new challenge in a tertiary hospital. We also encourage applications from current final year Dietetics students who are looking for a post after they have graduated.

This post is based entirely on-site at Addenbrooke's Hospital and does not have the opportunity to work from home due to the acute nature of the role.

Main duties of the job

To act as part of the Dietetic Team and in conjunction with the specialist team to provide dietetic services to a variety of general and more specialised patients at Addenbrooke's and other external Units / agencies as appropriate.

To work within a multi professional framework and contribute to a first class service through evidence based clinical practice, management, education, research and audit.

To set and work towards individual and team objectives that reflect corporate plans and work within the clinical governance framework.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Situated within one of the Specialist Teams, you will work alongside specialist Dietitians whilst providing services to general and specialist Dietetics (e.g. Neurosurgery, Infectious Diseases, Respiratory, Trauma, Endocrinology, Stroke) and Outpatients Clinics, for example Gastroenterology, Oncology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Renal, Paediatrics and/or Transplant.

Once you have started in the department, you will be allocated a dedicated Preceptor, a senior member of the team who is present to support your clinical development and help you navigate your first year following registration as part of our designated Preceptorship Programme. This programme will also enable you to access our Bridging The Bands system, which allows shadowing of any member of Dietetic staff in their specialist field (e.g. intestinal rehabilitation, bone marrow transplants, neuroendocrine tumours, as well as opportunities in our Paediatric Dietetics Team, such as Ketogenics and Cystic Fibrosis). This is in addition to designated clinical tutorials, competencies and development opportunities, all while interlinking with the award winning Trust Preceptorship Programme.

While we do not operate a formal rotation programme, should a Band 5 vacancy open in another team (for example if progressing to a Band 6 post) we provide current Band 5 staff with the opportunity to rotate into their post to gain more exposure in another team after being within the department for at least 6 months. This is a fully onsite role to ensure the staff member is fully supported with their development within their role.

The Department has a thriving and well regarded Research Group and has supported staff with post graduate qualifications this post offers junior staff or those new to research guidance and support in research skills development.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) is an internationally renowned teaching hospital based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, housing Royal Papworth Hospital, Astra Zeneca, MRC and the Institute for Public Health all linking with CUH.

A number of our staff house share to make Cambridge a friendly and affordable location to start your Dietetic career on-site accommodation may also be an option. Newly appointed and existing staff can apply for a loan of up to �3000 to cover the cost of the deposit, any fees and contribution towards the first months rent.

Check out our Twitter/X page to see what we are currently doing: @CUH_dietitians

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

The advert will close at midnight on 19 May 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 3 June 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • BSc Dietetics or equivalent
  • HCPC registration or eligibility for HCPC registration
  • First class or 2:1 degree / equivalent in Dietetics or original degree leading to postgraduate course in HCPC eligibility or evidence of equivalent anticipated grade on graduating



  • Experience of working as a Dietitian or Student Dietitian in an acute healthcare setting
  • Up to date in current issues within Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Experience of giving talks / group education sessions on Dietetic subjects
  • Evidence of researching and experiencing specialist Dietetic areas
  • Evidence of reading on Dietetic subjects
  • Workplace experience (not necessarily healthcare) or volunteering experience
  • Recent acute experience


  • Experience of working as a Dietitian or a Student Dietitian in a Paediatric environment



  • Demonstrates good clinical practice
  • Understands the acute nature of CUH
  • Evidence of understanding specialist Dietetics



  • Organised and able to manage busy workload
  • Evidence of team work and the ability to work well in a team
  • The ability to be able to communicate clearly and professionally both in writing and verbally in the English language
  • Ability to convey ideas clearly and simply
  • Ability to function professionally and intelligently in a clinical situation with many people present
  • Ability to establish appropriate rapport with patients and staff
  • Ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues
  • Evidence of the ability to perform in the workplace
  • Ability to work in an Acute hospital
  • Evidence of the ability to research and produce project portfolios / work
  • Knows own limitations


  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to use electronic patient record systems

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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