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Specialist Dietitian

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our friendly, forward thinking and collaborative team. Our Dietetic Department of more than 55 staff is managed as one team but is structured into smaller teams led by Senior Specialist Dietitians. We are actively involved in training and offer A, B and C placements. Within this post you will spend two days within the community stroke multidisciplinary rehab team providing specialist advice, treatment and dietary counselling to patients and their carers referred for intervention following stroke. Two days will cover our acute stroke unit and neurology inpatient ward to support our existing dietitian, the remaining 1 day supporting community home enteral feeding focusing on stroke and neurology. Opportunities to supervise staff may arise and you will be supported to undertake leadership modules and develop knowledge, skills, and partake in audit, service innovation and research. The Post is subject to satisfactory DBS check at Enhanced level. This post will involve working flexibly as some weekend working will be required (this tends to be one day at weekend every 8 weeks). There may be opportunities to undertake non-medical prescribing if appropriate to the job role. We support flexible working including partial agile working. Although this post is advertised as full time we will consider part-time and/or job share applications. For an informal discussion contact Rachel Brown, Senior Specialist Dietitian -

Main duties of the job

The department is friendly and supportive and encourage CPD, including regular clinical supervision and evidence based practice groups.

CPD is actively encouraged with good post-graduate education and training opportunities.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The main duties of the job include:
  • To provide dietetic support to patients requiring nutrition support advice. This will include the assessment of nutritional status, calculation of nutritional requirements and prescription of diet therapy.
  • To work as a member of the stroke service in acute and community settings to facilitate a seamless transition of nutritional care to patients following stroke

To provide specialist dietetic assessment, management and treatment of patients on HEF within the community setting
  • To monitor and review the aims of nutritional care plans and recommend change or intervention to facilitate achievement of appropriate aims.
  • To work collaboratively with the MDT to ensure appropriate dietetic intervention.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner within appropriate clinical and professional guidelines and as part of a team.
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of dietary treatment including the recording of clinical outcomes and patient experience.
  • To take an active part in the training of trainee Dietitians.
  • To contribute to the development of dietetic resources.
  • To undertake an annual appraisal with the Senior Specialist Dietitian/Head of Dietetics.
  • To identify personal training needs undertaking relevant CPD opportunities.
  • To help to provide cover for colleagues.
  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade/band as requested by the Head of Dietetics.PLEASE REFER TO THE ATTACHED JOB DESCRIPTION FOR FULL DUTIES OF THE ROLE

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to manage a busy and varied workload
  • Good time management
  • Flexible
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to use own initiative appropriately



  • Anthropometric skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to translate complex dietary information into easy to understand language
  • Ability to use all Microsoft packages competently
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills


  • Experience of audit/data collection



  • Empathetic to patients and relatives/carers
  • Positive, proactive attitude
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Self-motivated
  • Enthusiastic



  • BSc Dietetics or PG Diploma in Dietetics
  • HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of audit and application to clinical practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge of enteral feeding practice


  • Evidence of Masters level study, e.g. PENG Clinical Update Course
  • Specialist group member, e.g. PENG/BAPEN member
  • BDA validated Clinical Educators training
  • Supplementary prescribing qualification



  • Experience of calculating nutritional requirements for enteral regimens
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working


  • Experience of home enteral feeding
  • Experience of working within stroke

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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