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Specialist Dietitian - Critical Care/HPB

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Band 6 Dietitian - Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT)

1 wte (37.5 hours) - Critical Care/HPB (24 month fixed term/secondment)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Dietitian to join our friendly surgical team at Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust, to cover the RLUH site. This Band 6 post is split between Critical Care (0.7 wte) and HPB (0.3 wte). You will be supported by Band 7 Leads in both areas alongside the wider surgical team.

Our new state-of-the-art Critical Care unit has 40 beds, providing care for some of the sickest patients in the region and our HPB unit is one of the largest clinical HPB units in the UK, managing HPB care for Merseyside, Cheshire, Isle of Man and North Wales.

The post holder will be part of a wider surgical team comprised of Specialist Dietitians for Nutrition Support, HPB, Colorectal, and will provide support for band 5 rotational staff, assistants and students as needed.

We welcome applications from suitably experienced Band 5 Dietitians and those already working at a Band 6 level who are enthusiastic to learn and are ready for a new challenge at a Band 6 level. Previous acute clinical experience is essential.

Main duties of the job

Demonstrate excellent communication skills, a practical, forward thinking approach to service development and evaluation and the ability to work as part of a large team.

This post requires a proactive approach where you contribute to innovation, service development and audit. You will be supported with your personal development goals and have regular clinical supervision and peer support. You will work closely day to day with a range of Medical and Surgical Multi-disciplinary Teams.

Good communication skills are essential and clinically, you will provide dietetic service to inpatients and outpatients

Collect medical, social, biochemical and pharmacological information

Undertake nutritional and dietary assessments

Devise and agree nutritional care plan through good communication skills, focussing on being patient centred at all times

Work alongside other health care professionals on care plans

Monitor progress

Effective communication skills to provide nutrition and dietetic advice to individuals and groups ensuring technical information is given in a way they can understand

Maintain good clinical standards in record keeping and in written communication

Use counselling skills to assess motivation and overcome barriers to change

Liaise with caterers and other staff to ensure provision of suitable meals and snacks for patients

Attend ward rounds/case conferences and ward meetings

Undertake supervision of student dietitians

Plan and prioritise own caseload

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the detailed Job description attached


Provide dietetic service to in-patients and outpatients treated in the specialism.

For each patient, collect all relevant medical, social, biochemical and pharmacological information required to inform practice.

Undertake nutritional assessment using weight, height, mid-upper arm circumference and skin-fold measurements as required.

Undertake dietary assessment, estimating intake of macro and micronutrients as appropriate.

Using all information gathered devise and agree with patient and or carer a nutritional care plan.

Inform all relevant health care professionals of main aims and objectives of nutritional care plan by completing relevant documents or writing in patients case sheets.

Monitor progress on the nutritional care plan according to local standards, amending as necessary to ensure improvement in health is achieved.

Establish and maintain effective communication when giving nutrition and dietetic advice to individuals and in groups to ensure technical information is given in a way they can understand.

Keep patient records according to national and local standards.

Where appropriate use counselling skills to assess motivation and overcome barriers to change.

Liaise with contract caterers and other relevant staff to ensure provision of suitable meals and snacks for patients.

Attend ward rounds, case conferences and ward meetings to reinforce role of nutrition in patient care and of dietitian in the M.D. team.

Undertake as required supervision of student dietitians.

Liaise with colleagues in primary care, referring patients as necessary, to ensure continuity of care.

Assist wards in maintaining stock of nutritional supplements and enteral feeds.

Plan and prioritise own caseload using clinical judgement in collaboration with senior colleagues.

Provide cover for absent colleagues as required.

Clinical Governance

Always work in accordance with national and local standards, best practice and clinical guidelines when providing the dietetic service.

Participate fully in clinical supervision programme for clinical speciality.

Demonstrate commitment to CPD by participating in performance review, according to trust policy, identifying own training needs and actively assisting in creation of your own personal development plan.

Actively contribute to departmental activities such as update meetings, reviews, development of resources, and updating of standards, policies and procedures.

Actively contribute to multidisciplinary and uni-disciplinary specialist team meetings.

Follow trust guidelines when creating written resources to ensure patients needs are best met.

Participate in audits of existing service including specialist area and act on findings to help improve service delivery.

Keep measures of workload as directed by Trust Chief Dietitian, to assist future planning.

Work in accordance with trust and departmental policies this includes Health & Safety, Caldicott, Personnel and Equality & Diversity.

Undertake mandatory, CPR and any other training requested by the trust.

Work within legislation and trust procedures on risk management.

Identify, assess and determine how best to manage risk in work activities.

Always inform departmental head of any identified risks relating to safety of dietitians, patients or any other hospital visitors.

All actions must be taken in accordance with H.P.C. Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency.

Follow trust policies when working with patients whose first language is not English.

In conjunction with Dietitian take part in development and implementation of multidisciplinary care pathways for own specialist area.

Training & Development

Attend relevant validated training courses appropriate to speciality.

Keep a personal professional portfolio, which will include evidence of reflection, to confirm continuing competence to practice and provide proof of development of own skills and knowledge in renal dietetics.

Actively participate in student training programme by guiding, supporting and providing feedback to students allocated to you.

In conjunction with senior colleagues use the most appropriate modes of presentation to educate other health professionals on dietetic practice, including updating on evidence-based practice.

Plan, deliver and evaluate education sessions for patients in groups.

Assist senior dietitian in identifying training needs of other health professionals, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes to meet those needs.

Person Specification



  • BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics or postgraduate Diploma
  • Current registration with HCPC
  • Membership of BDA or equivalent professional indemnity


  • Introductory level Clinical Supervisory Skills Training



  • Broad clinical experience in at least 3 clinical areas, including medical and surgical patients
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience and evidence of continuing professional development


  • Experience of training student dietitians
  • Experience of conducting audit



  • While able to work independently, ability to recognise own limitations and access advice and information appropriately



  • Communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively convey information
  • Problem solving skills
  • Time management - able to prioritise work, respond appropriately to demands and keep to time in out patient setting
  • Good presentation skills


  • I.T. Skills - power-point, keyboard and email

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool Hospital


L7 8YE

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