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Specialist Dietitian

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Are you interested in joining an innovative, high profile and dynamic dietetic team of over 50 staff? We are seeking a self-motivated Band 6 Specialist Bariatric Dietitian to join the wider Gastroenterology Dietetic Team at UCLH.

UCLH provides medical and surgical obesity services for adults with obesity in accordance with the NICE guidelines. Medical treatment includes intensive weight-loss management programmes coupled with pharmacotherapy. Surgical procedures include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and complex revision surgery. The medical and surgical components of the services are interlinked with cross-flow of patients between medical and surgical components. The existing Bariatric/Obesity Services multidisciplinary team is comprised of Bariatric Surgeons (3 Consultants and 1 Associate Specialist), Bariatric Physicians (2 Consultants), 1 Psychologist, 2 Clinical Nurse Specialists and Dietitians.

The Specialist Bariatric Dietitians provide a clinical nutrition service and dietetics expertise to in-patients and out-patients attending the Medical and Surgical Obesity Services at UCLH and are integral members of the Obesity Services Multidisciplinary Team. The Dietitians work together to provide combined dietetic support for both the medical and surgical services.

Main duties of the job

You should have strong clinical and leadership skills, excellent negotiation skills, ability to work effectively within teams and be able to manage your time efficiently in a constantly changing environment. The GI Division has a strong research ethos and an interest in research and audit is also strongly desirable.

We have close links with universities - King's College London, London Metropolitan University, and University College London. As a department we are involved in student training and take students on placement 2 and 3. We are a forward thinking department committed to clinical governance initiatives. You will be actively involved in CPD and department activities.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Four year degree in Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • HCPC registered


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) or equivalent association
  • Post registration training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Post graduate study in specialist area of dietetics e.g. PENG course, paediatric/renal modules



  • Post registration clinical experience in haemato-oncology


  • Involvement in relevant specialist interest group
  • Clinical experience in Bariatrics

Quality and service improvement


  • Experience of service development

Skills and Abilities oCommunication


  • Sound verbal and written skills
  • Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Proven ability to communicate using a variety of methods to a range of healthcare professionals, non professionals and patients
  • Flexible and adaptable to working alone or in different groups
  • Awareness of need for confidentiality and issues of consent
  • Proven experience of communicating to affect change in adults



  • Demonstrate ability to meet Trust Values of safety, kindness, teamwork and improving.

Personal and people development


  • Experience of training student dietitians/other HCPs


  • Experience in the support and development of junior members of staff
  • Teaching on degree or higher level/professional course

Information collection and analysis including IT skills


  • Anthropometry skills
  • Experience in conducting audit and/or research, including the ability to analyse and interpret statistics
  • Computer literacy

Health, Safety and Security


  • Knowledge & understanding of clinical governance and risk management and relevance to dietetics

Responsibilities towards promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Demonstratable understanding of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and/or Knowledge of the NHS obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duties (line managers to elaborate depending on the level of the post and to assess this essential criteria at interview)

Ensure the risk of infection to self, colleagues, patients, relatives and visitors is minimised by:


  • Being familiar with, and adhering to Trust policies and guidance on infection prevention and control.
  • Completing all required training and education (both via e-learning and face to face) on infection prevention and control.
  • Including infection prevention and control as an integral part of your continuous personal/professional development and included in your annual appraisal
  • Taking personal responsibility so far as is reasonably practicable, in helping ensure that effective prevention and control of health care associated infections is embedded into everyday practice and applied consistently.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


University College London Hospitals

235 Euston Road



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