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Band 5/6 HIV Dietitian

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in developing your dietetic career and exploring the area of HIV dietetics? Whether you are newly qualified or already have experience this post is open to anyone looking for a new challenge - we can offer as a band 5-6 development post or as band 6 depending on experience. If you want to make a real difference to the quality of life of those living with HIV this could be the post for you. You will be a valued member of our dynamic multidisciplinary team where your opinion will matter and you will have opportunity to use your own initiative to meet the dietetic needs of people living with HIV.

People living with HIV now have a normal life expectancy with the help of ART treatment, lifestyle and dietary modifications. This creates an immense opportunity for the dietitians to deliver a wide range of dietary interventions using their knowledge and skills in therapeutic diets to support service users alongside monitoring their cardiovascular and bone health on regular basis.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Dietitian to join our small HIV therapy team. The post holder will work alongside another dietitian and therapy support workers as well as occupational therapists, pharmacists, clinical nurse specialists and the medical team. Clinical work is predominantly in the out-patient setting with some specialist inpatient work. It involves working with individuals and groups and will focus on dietary and specialist drug adherence advice.

Main duties of the job

Teaching skills, a MDT approach, enthusiasm for audit, research and developing the service is essential as there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in national initiatives. There is also scope for quality improvement projects in the field of HIV nutrition. The population is ageing and a holistic approach to this cohort is required to improve their overall quality of life. You will have excellent communication skills with an interest in HIV. Previous experience working within HIV will be beneficial, but is not essential.

You will be supported by a large progressive Dietetic department, which offers excellent training and development opportunities, as well as a large Therapy Directorate with close MDT links. The department gives CPD a high priority and actively supports dietetic students on a range of placements.

Therapies at Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals as part of UHB is committed to providing a 7-day therapy service with participation in bank holiday cover for dietetics.

The Trust is a multi-site organisation, therefore you may be required to work at any Trust site and you may need to change your normal place of work either temporarily or on a permanent basis as a result of development or re-organisation of Trust services.

Applicants must be flexible and be prepared to work cross-site, with participation in evening clinics where required. We are committed to offering flexible working where appropriate and supporting your work life balance.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * Degree in Dietetics or equivalent
  • * Registered with HPC
  • * Evidence of CPD including recent post graduate
  • * training relevant to clinical speciality
  • * Evidence of leadership training


  • * Attendance at Clinical Educators course



  • * Demonstrates clinical experience enabling the post holder to manage a caseload of patients with complex needs in this speciality. This would usually be approximately 12 months.
  • * Broad dietetic knowledge of specialist area
  • * An ability to cope with a range of complex options, finds solutions, analyse, compare and decide on appropriate course of action.
  • * Experience of working as part of multidisciplinary team and dietetic team
  • * Awareness of local needs, ethnic minorities and low income groups
  • * Understanding of audit and clinical effectiveness and its importance in the provision of a quality service


  • * Experience of supporting students and more junior dietetic staff
  • * Experience in dietetics in HIV

Additional Criteria


  • * Excellent written and verbal communication skills including an ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive and contentious information
  • * Excellent presentation skills and good teaching skills
  • * Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • * An ability to prioritise own workload in demanding situations and manage busy workload across sites
  • * Able to work on own initiative
  • * Enthusiasm and commitment to train student dietitians and others
  • * Able to liaise with professionals at various levels
  • * Demonstrate enthusiasm for speciality
  • * Able to work under own initiative
  • * Demonstrate a professional attitude and work in line with HCPC standards and BDA code of conduct
  • * Flexible in working across sites
  • * An ability to cope with occasional exposure to distressing/emotional situations
  • * Demonstrate an interest in developing expertise within the HIV team
  • * Able to contribute to weekend service if needed
  • * Ability to work varied shift patterns if needed
  • * Reliable
  • * Punctual

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green E


West Midlands

B9 5SS

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