Specialist Dietitian Acute Nutrition Support - Band 6 - Portsmouth

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust is the largest non-teaching hospital trust in England. With strong local ties and serving around 675,000 residents in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, they pride themselves on providing comprehensive acute and specialist services.

The Trust has one main site, Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, and looks after six peripheral community sites for outpatient activity.

Here at Portsmouth Staff Bank, we support the Trust with temporary staff in all staff groups. We offer our workers an excellent service that allows them to work flexibly whilst enjoying several benefits including:

Online timesheets

Weekly pay

Priority over agency workers

Supportive on-site teams

And many more

To make sure that our bank workers are fully supported we have a dedicated recruitment and compliance team. They work hard to ensure that our workers can start booking shifts as soon as possible. In addition, a helpful bookings desk and on-site team are there to assist them and answer any questions.

Job Summary:
• To deliver a specialist dietetic service, including enteral and parenteral nutrition, to patients requiring complex gastrointestinal and oncological surgery, and medical gastroenterology; working autonomously in delivering nutritional care to patients undergoing elective and emergency surgical procedures within the hospital.
• To work autonomously to provide an outpatient service to patients, and their carers, requiring nutritional support following gastrointestinal surgery and patients with gastroenterological conditions, both within dietetic-led and multidisciplinary consultant-led clinics.
• To act as a core member of the Nutrition Support Multidisciplinary Team by representing dietetics and promoting the role of nutrition within patient care to members of medical and surgical teams.
• To act as a resource to the dietetic team, supporting junior dietitians, and providing trust-wide parenteral nutrition outreach service.
• To assist the Team Lead in developing acute dietetic team resources, skills and knowledge – ensuring continuity of care across local and regional dietetic services.
• A highly skilled clinical expert with specialised knowledge in caring for patients and their carers.


• Degree/Diploma in Dietetics
• HCPC Registered Dietitian
• 1 - 2 years postgraduate experience
• Experience of acute hospital dietetics within a range of medical and surgical specialties, including enteral nutrition support
• Evidence of professional development or commitment to postgraduate study
• Member of the British Dietetic Association

• At least 2 years dietetic experience within a range of specialties such as surgery, gastroenterology and oncology including complex enteral and parenteral nutrition support
• Evidence of postgraduate education, training and team-working within acute dietetics
• Experience of clinical or non-clinical teaching
• Completed PENG Clinical Update course or equivalent nutrition support qualification


• Competent practitioner with well developed clinical and reasoning skills.
• Able to promote role of nutrition to others
• Able to communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds. Good interpersonal skills.
• Able to think/plan strategically and develop the role in conjunction with other dietitians, dietetic leads and various stakeholders.
• Excellent presentation skills and ability to work autonomously with individuals and groups
• Confident communicator and multidisciplinary team worker
• Evidence of recent service improvement work
• Competent in use of Microsoft word, excel and outlook

• Experience of facilitating student dietitian training/supervision
• Experience of peer supervision and/or supervision of junior dietetic staff.
• Strong interest in nutrition support e.g. member of relevant BDA specialist group
• Evidence of service evaluation, audit or research


• Confident, self-motivated, flexible, adaptive and creative
• Ability to demonstrate advanced communication skills including confidence within the multidisciplinary team.
• Able to prioritise and self-manage within a team environment
• Responsible, reliable and strives for efficiency
• Knows own limitations and willing to seek and provide support/guidance within the dietetic team
• Willing to participate in clinical supervision and contribute to team clinical governance
• Empathetic, supportive

• Friendly and approachable.
• Assertive, comfortable in a team.
• Sense of humour.


Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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