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Band 7 Specialist Dietitian - Intestinal Failure

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have a passion for Parenteral Nutrition (PN), Intestinal Failure (IF) and nutrition support? Due to new funding an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Dietitian to work within the Nutrition Support Team MDT. This consists of Gastroenterologists, Nutrition Nurses, Pharmacists, Psychologists and Dietetic Department colleagues.

The successful candidate will be an essential member of the IF team, playing a crucial role in the assessment of patients with highly complex nutritional requirements, metabolic instability and complex surgical and medical conditions. Assessment includes the use of biochemistry, anthropometry and up to date technology such as bioelectrical impedance to underpin clinical decision making. Translating the most up to date clinical research, the IF dietitian uses advanced decision-making skills to calculate nutritional, fluid and electrolyte requirements in patients with IF and recommend the optimal prescription. This involves using the safest and most effective method of delivery for patients, that may be enteral, parenteral or a hybrid regimen.

The successful candidate will work alongside an established Clinical Specialist IF Dietitian and training will be offered and provided, where necessary.

The trust strives to encourage research and innovation and is committed to providing opportunities to encourage professional and personal development. The successful candidate will be supported in having their personal development goals fulfilled

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to attend daily Nutrition Support ward rounds where patients with Intestinal Failure are seen, as well as complex enteral patients. You will be expected to assess the nutritional status of patients based on anthropometric measurements, biochemical markers, diet history and other validated methods of nutritional assessment.

You will advise on appropriate artificial feeding routes for patients across all disciplines experiencing difficulties with feeding or meeting their nutritional requirements because of surgery or complex gastrointestinal disease. You will then be expected to formulate individualised evidence-based patient care plans and parenteral nutrition prescriptions, taking into consideration patient anatomy, prescribed drugs, biochemical derangements, metabolic complications, access issues etc.

You will also be expected to be familiar with more complex forms of enteral feeding including enteroclysis and fistuloclysis, as well as chyme recycling.

You will also be expected to attend weekly Home Parenteral Nutrition Clinics, weekly MDT's and liaise regularly with a range of disciplines across all specialities in addition to providing a specialist dietetic outpatient service.

The post is permanent and full time (37.5 hours) although applications are welcomed for any part time/job share opportunities. If you have any questions please contact Dan Griffith (

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



  • -Evidence of relevant GCSE, NVQ, GNVQ, AS and A levels
  • -Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • -Registration with HCPC


  • -MSc or equivalent experience e.g. advanced level of clinical practice / relevant postgraduate, professionally accredited courses



  • -Significant post-graduate experience in relevant specialist area
  • -Practical skill & in-depth experience in a multi-disciplinary setting in relevant specialist field evidenced by a learning portfolio and leading to advanced theoretical knowledge in area/s of clinical practice, which would be expected to be at a Masters level or equivalent
  • -Advanced specialist post-graduate training in relevant specialist area
  • -Significant to substantial postgraduate experience of working in a specialist capacity in multi-disciplinary teams in relevant specialties, leading to the acquisition of advanced theoretical knowledge and highly developed skills.
  • -Experience of training Dietetic students
  • -Evidence of relevant continued professional development in following areas
  • - Clinical e.g.
  • oAccredited specialist training courses
  • oAttendance at specialist group meetings of BDA
  • oAttendance at relevant IF multi-disciplinary courses/conferences
  • -Teaching e.g.
  • opresentation skills
  • oclinical supervisory skills training for student training
  • ocommunication skill training / counselling skills training
  • -High level of knowledge gained through attendance at postgraduate specialist courses which would be expected to be at Masters Level or equivalent
  • -Significant post registration experience at entry to post
  • -Specialist experience relevant to specialist area
  • -In depth knowledge of research and audit
  • -In depth knowledge of nutritional assessment / nutritional screening tools
  • -Knowledge and experience of all types of nutritional support
  • -Maintains excellent knowledge of clinical developments
  • -Requires working knowledge of IT / computer programmes
  • -Experience of teaching professional and patient groups
  • -Knowledge of standards of record keeping and medico-legal issues


  • -Evidence of ongoing regular attendance on post-graduate training courses and clinical development at highly specialist level
  • -Evidence of attendance at national conferences
  • -Knowledge of the Strategic direction of the Trust

Additional Criteria


  • -Organisational skills with the ability to organise own workload and work in a systematic way
  • -Excellent time management
  • -Excellent interpersonal and team working skills
  • -Demonstrates interest and enthusiasm for nutrition
  • -Motivated to develop the service
  • -Flexibility in the approach to a day in the knowledge that pressure of demand and throughput of patients will impact on original aims of the day
  • -Willingness to travel all sites as required by the job role
  • -Work onsite due to the clinical caseload


  • -Active member of relevant professional groups i.e BDA PENG Group, BDA Gastroenterology Specialist Group, . European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation etc

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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