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Nutrition Support Clinical Nurse Specialist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Are you an enthusiastic Band 5 or Band 6 nurse with an interest and passion for nutrition? We are recruiting a nurse to join our Nutrition Support team. You will be a senior staff nurse with previous experience caring for patients receiving artificial nutrition.

Training and support will be provided to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in nutrition support. The role requires commitment and enthusiasm in the speciality, an ability to deliver training, and an appetite to succeed and overcome challenges.

This post supports health care professionals in managing and troubleshooting issues related to artificial nutrition. Has responsibility for delivering training programmes to support ward based nutrition standards, and assessing compliance with tube feeding competencies to ensure safe practice. Joining our 2 Nutrition Nurses and Assistant practitioner you will work within the Nutrition Team.

*For the right candidate with suitable experience, there is potential for this to be a band 5 developmental post, and after completing agreed competencies progressing to a substantive band 6.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure a high standard of patient care is given in accordance with agreed policies and procedures
  • Communicate and liaise with GP's, hospital consultants, other healthcare professionals within Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and other Trusts within the UK as well as Nutrition Support Homecare Providers, as appropriate to provide a seamless service and to promote best practice
  • Effectively manage a caseload of patients
  • Build therapeutic relationships
  • Recognise and respond to emergency situations
  • Act as a resource for specialist advise ad education within the team and in the wider healthcare setting
  • Self- motivated and able to work without direct supervision
  • Provide support for team members when required & have the ability to work within a small multi professional team
  • Participate in bi annual Nutrition Support meetings
  • Participate in bi annual meetings between NST and pharmacy aseptic department
  • Coordinate quarterly business meetings between NST and homecare providers as well as bi monthly meetings with nurse provider
  • Attend quarterly MND MDT patient review meeting
  • Represent the NST at the Trust 's Nutrition steering group
  • Regularly liaise with the home enteral tube feeding members to provide a comprehensive high-quality service

About us

Ours is a small multi professional team consisting of a Consultant Gastroenterologist, Nutrition nurse specialist, Nutrition Nurse, Assistant practitioner, Senior Dietitian, Pharmacist & pharmacy technician.

We are based on Level 8 Hutchings outpatient unit, working closely with the colorectal, stoma and outpatient teams to provide excellent standards of care and streamlining patient care.

Other vacancies are available within the department and a split role would be considered up to full-time hours

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .


Person Specification



  • oRegistered Nurse
  • oEvidence of continuous Personal and professional Development
  • oExperience with patients receiving nutrition support (parenteral & /or enteral nutrition)
  • oWillingness to complete Independent prescriber course


  • oPost Grad Diploma
  • oIndependent and supplementary prescriber
  • oPost Registration Teaching qualification
  • oLeadership experience/management training.
  • oPost reg specialist qualification



  • oMinimum of 4 years post registration
  • oMinimum of 2 years in a relevant specialist area (Gastroenterology/surgical nursing)
  • oSkills and knowledge of caring for patients with intestinal failure & /or complex nutrition support management
  • oExperience of working within a multi professional team


  • oPrevious employment as a Nutrition Nurse Specialist
  • oDemonstrate ability to implement innovative evidence-based practice

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lawes Bridge



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