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Specialist Dietitian (Gastroenterology)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum (PA) Pro Rata.
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Please see below for detailed job description of the role.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an HCPC registered dietitian, keen to expand their skills and experience, to join our adult gastroenterology dietetic team at Southampton General Hospital. This is a permanent full-time post however flexible working opportunities will be considered.

You will join the adult gastroenterology team consisting of 8 band 6 and 7 dietitians and a dietetic assistant. The adult gastroenterology team is part of the wider adult acute dietetic team based at Southampton General Hospital. You will be working in a supportive and friendly team covering a range of gastro specialities including IBD, IBS, coeliac and gut dysmotility in inpatient and outpatient settings. There are regular internal CPD sessions and gastro MDT education meetings and the opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement. As a regional centre for gastroenterology, research is ongoing to ensure we are up to date and providing the best service.

The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 130 staff, with clinical experts working in a range of specialties, providing acute and community services in adults and paediatrics.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll do

You will work in a variety of clinical settings to including gastroenterology wards and out-patient clinics and will be responsible for the provision of a specialist dietetic service, managing a specialist caseload and providing expert dietetic advice and support including management of oral nutrition support, enteral feeding and home enteral feed discharges, gluten free diets, Exclusive Enteral Nutrition, low FODMAPs.

As a key member of the gastroenterology team you will run clinics and groups and review complex inpatients with support from senior colleagues, specialist nurses and gastroenterologists with the opportunity to attend daily MDT board rounds to offer timely dietetic input. You will be involved with the supervision and support of junior dietitians and dietetic assistants as well as student training.

What we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in nutrition support, with evidence of relevant, strong clinical skills. Flexibility and the ability to prioritise and manage a busy, complex caseload is essential. You must have excellent communication skills as well as an empathic nature. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to work within an MDT as a specialist dietitian, and have the confidence to present and discuss your professional opinion with colleagues. With a varied and interesting caseload, this post requires a dynamic, assertive person with an excellent breadth of knowledge and good rapport building skills.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree or equivalent in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • HCPC (Health and Care professions Council) registered dietitian (RD)
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and development in relevant areas
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and development in relevant areas Evidence of relevant dietetic knowledge and expertise with recent experience demonstrating this
  • Ability to communicate complex information fluently, confidently and effectively to a diverse range of people: e.g., with patients, carers, managers and other health care professionals
  • Ability to demonstrate a practical and sensitive approach and flexibility in working style when applying clinical judgement to complex clinical issues
  • Ability to create rapport and professionally manage relationships with colleagues, patients and carers and the emotional challenges this presents
  • Demonstrate a holistic approach to treatment
  • Ability to cope with unpredictable events and varying clinical and non-clinical work pressures, independently planning and prioritising own workload, managing own time and meeting deadlines


  • Member of British Dietetic Association (BDA) and relevant specialist groups
  • Experience mentoring or supervising dietetic assistants or junior staff
  • Experience and involvement with dietetic student training
  • Experience of audit/project work
  • Ability to cover out of hours commitments on agreed occasions

Skills and competencies


  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Communication
  • Record keeping
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Prioritisation
  • Keyboard skills
  • Numeracy skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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