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Nutrition Clinical Nurse Specialist

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Grinstead
Depending on experience dependant on experience
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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We are currently seeking an experienced and highly motivated Nutrition Clinical Nurse Specialist to join our nursing and dietetic team. We welcome applicants who have an interest in supporting patients nutritional needs as a career development opportunity.

The position is contracted at 15 hours per week, work pattern flexible.

The post holder will provides knowledge related to nutrition support through education, planning, and delivering specialist training to healthcare professionals, patients and their relatives.

Jointly with the nutrition and dietetic team take responsibility for ensuring that nutrition support is delivered as safely and effectively as possible and promotes and coordinates seamless pathways of care for patients requiring nutrition support.

Main duties of the job

Raises the profile and importance of nutrition assessment, medical nutrition therapy, and monitoring to optimize patient care and reduce hospital stay.

They will lead clinical audits, research and development and develops/reviews guidelines in relation to nutrition support.

Investigate, evaluate and implement new processes, techniques as well as instruments and other tools required to improvepatient nutritional care.

Provides highly specialist advice and advanced technical skills in relation to enteral feeding tubes and clinical case management of complications relating to enteral feeding tubes

About us

Rated GOOD overall with outstanding care by the CQC. A specialist NHS hospital providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services across the South of England and beyond.

We specialise in conditions of the eyes (corneoplastics), hands, head and neck cancer and skin cancer, reconstructive breast surgery, maxillofacial surgery and prosthetics, providing regional and national services in these areas of clinical expertise.Our world-leading clinical teams also treat more common conditions of the eyes, hands, skin, and teeth for the people of East Grinstead and the surrounding areas. In addition, QVH provides a minor injuries unit, expert therapies, a sleep service, and a growing portfolio of community-based services.Patients consistently rate QVH amongst the top hospitals in the country for quality of care.

Our success is underpinned by the skills and enthusiasm of our staff and a strong culture of partnership. We are fully committed to training and development of the workforce with support for continuing education and learning.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Takes the lead in providing expert advice in own area of expertise to the multidisciplinary team through attending appropriate ward rounds, MDT meetings, and other inter-professional discussions regarding the provision of nutritional support for patients based on clinical evidence.

2. Jointly with the Nutrition and Dietetic Department assess, plan, implement and evaluate care to address complex and changing needs for patients requiring enteral nutrition support including the care of enteral feeding tubes.

3. Demonstrate an advanced level of clinical decision-making in own area of expertise to provide a holistic nursing assessment of patients and to develop and evaluate an integrated and effective plan for the management of their condition.

4. Assist in the assessment and management of complex nutritional requirements for patients who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition e.g. NG tubes, PEG/RIG/JEJ tubes.

5. Undertake the implementation and evaluation of nutrition support provide for patients ensuring that care delivered is evidence-based and is a result of an individualized holistic assessment of care needs

Person Specification



  • oCurrent NMC registration oBSc Nursing or equivalent experience ooEvidence of Specialist studies related to Nutrition and Hydration


  • oWillingness to undertake additional study as required by the roleoMaster Qualification in a relevant subject or working toward it

Employer details

Employer name

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Victoria Hospital

Holtye Road

East Grinstead

RH19 3DZ

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