Adult Dietitian - Band 6

Location Cosham, Portsmouth, England
Job type Contract
Salary £25 - 26 per hour
Contact Ross Welton
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Reference 157890

Sanctuary Personnel, a committed and competitive recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Band 6 Adult Dietitian to fill a locum full-time role based in Cosham, within the Nutrition Support Team.

The pay rate for this locum Adult Dietitian job is £25 - £26 per hour (Assignment rate) and is a 3-month contract. 


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Act as a resource to the dietetic team, supporting junior dietitians, and providing trust-wide parenteral nutrition outreach service
  • Assist the Team Lead in developing acute dietetic team resources, skills and knowledge – ensuring continuity of care across local and regional dietetic services
  • Deliver Specialist Dietetic intervention to medical gastroenterology and surgical oncology/gastrointestinal surgery within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, making sound professional judgments regarding nutrition and hydration, frequently requiring urgent intervention by the nutrition support MDT
  • Working autonomously in managing a caseload of patients demanding specialised Dietetic assessment and intervention using specialist knowledge and skills in the in-patient and out-patient settings including wards, clinics and telephone contact
  • Lead dietetic care by signposting patients down appropriate dietetic care pathways, working closely with regional specialist colleagues and liaising with other members of the dietetic, and nutrition nurse teams in hospital, in the community and across the region to ensure continuity of care
  • Act as an advocate for patients, carers and relatives to ensure dietary intake and nutritional status are considered as part of medical and surgical treatment pathways – liaising with key members of both the local MDT, and other regional services where required, to achieve this
  • Play a lead role in proactively recommending artificial nutrition support in a timely way to prevent unnecessary/prolonged admissions and to improve patient clinical outcomes
  • Challenge and discuss with other expert professionals nutritional issues that may affect decisions about patient care or service delivery
  • Demonstrate regular personal development activities
  • Keep up to date on professional matters actively pursuing training for self-development relevant to the role through an individual training plan
  • Implement evidence-based practice, initiate, manage and evaluate changes that lead to improved and high standards of care and in particular any service changes following feedback from patients
  • Communicating, influencing and working with the multidisciplinary team in different ways to improve quality of care, and informed clinical decisions
  • Promote innovation and participate in benchmarking and quality audits to measure effectiveness of current practices
  • Create a culture for learning and development that will sustain person-centred safe and effective care
  • Support junior colleagues in the provision of direct care; facilitate learning in and from practice at the same time as working alongside; or undertaking a care plan review if an when a serious incident or complaint has occurred
  • Ensure concerns raised by patients and their families are dealt with in an open, honest and transparent way, quickly and effectively, in line with trust policies, procedures and Duty of Candour legislation
  • Ensuring that accurate and timely dietetic records are maintained, monitoring standards and taking corrective action as required
  • Accountable for the direct delivery of the Dietetic service within the specialised clinical area within surgery, and trust-wide parenteral nutrition outreach
  • Responsible for the line-management of Dietitian/Dietetic Support Worker as agreed with Team Lead Dietitian; undertaking supervision and appraisal/ADPR as required

Requirements of the Adult Dietitian:

  • Degree or equivalent within Nutrition and Dietetics
  • HCPC registered as a Dietitian
  • A highly skilled clinical expert with specialised knowledge in caring for patients and their carers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Able to conduct work across a variety of settings and worksites
  • Able to work within agreed hours
  • Able to find way around
  • Able to carry equipment
  • Car owner/driver
  • Able to offer some flexibility e.g. some evening/weekend education sessions

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Daily payroll
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive dietary knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each candidate you refer who we successfully place
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support
  • In house payroll system
  • Revalidation
  • Industry leading shift booking system
  • Nationwide coverage including the Channel islands


This Adult Dietitian job is advertised by Ross Welton; if you are interested in this position please click below to apply now. 

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