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Renal dietitian - Nutrition and dietetics - Band 6


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Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Gloucestershire Royal
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata
Salary period
16/10/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

1.0 WTE Band 6 Renal Specialist Dietitian (Permanent, part time also considered)

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.

An opportunity has arisen for a dietitian to join our experienced and supportive team of renal dietitians. We would also consider applicants for a band 5 to 6 development post if the applicant has less than 1 years’ experience as a qualified dietitian. This post would suit a self-motivated enthusiastic dietitian who is looking to advance their career within a specialist field or a Band 6 dietitian looking to try another speciality, working with patients who have renal conditions. The role would involve providing inpatient cover to the renal wards at GHNHSFT and outpatient work which includes seeing patient in clinics, haemodialysis centres and patients on peritoneal dialysis. We are an integral and valued part of the renal MDT, working with specialist nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and consultants. The majority of work is based in Gloucester but may involve travel to Cheltenham or community-based clinics. There is up to 1.0 wte available but we would consider part-time flexible working.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide complex dietetic care to renal patients in a variety of settings. You will require excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening alongside excellent verbal communication skills including active listening skills.  You will work closely with the renal MDT, as well as needing to work as part of a team and liaise with professionals at all levels. The successful candidate will need to be self-motivated and flexible to prioritise your own workload and be assertive in your time management. The role provides opportunities to develop dietetic skills in a specialist area, working with a very experienced and dynamic team of renal dietitians. We encourage and support audit, research and contribution to service development within the dietetic department and the renal service. You would also be involved in supervising staff and students. Some travel may be required.

Working for our organisation

We are a large friendly department based on 2 sites; Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) & Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH).The team is also made up of the Home Enteral Feeding Team (HEFT).

Within the department at GRH we have a team of Acute Dietitians, Renal Dietitians, Paediatric Dietitians and a Home Enteral Feed Team. At CGH we have a team of Oncology Dietitians as well as the Acute team. We also have a Nutrition Support Team, a Specialist Gastroenterology Team and Specialist Diabetes Dietitians working on both hospital sites. Our teams include dietitians, dietetic support workers, dietetic assistants and nurses.

We are committed to continual professional development and support audit and quality improvement projects.

Gloucestershire is a great area of the country to live in, with many areas of outstanding natural beauty, as well as excellent travel networks to the rest of the country. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be directly responsible to the GRH Dietetic Service Lead, working alongside the renal team leads and the rest of the renal dietetic team.

You will be working to plan, implement and monitor high quality nutritional care to patients with complex renal needs in the inpatient and outpatient settings, including dialysis units.  

You will be actively involved in the supervision, education and development of designated Band 5 staff and also contribute to the training of A, B & C students each year. Please see the job description and person specification for more details.

For further details please contact Sally Pugh Renal Team Lead or June Beharry Lead Dietitian GRH 422 5506

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in Dietetics
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Experience of working within the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Post registration training e.g. Masters level in dietetics
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Attendance on relevant accredited courses
  • Training and /or demonstrated experience in Leadership and Development


Essential criteria
  • Develop and deliver training materials to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible
  • Experience of effective working relationship within a team/teams
  • Prioritise workloads
  • Implement evidence-based practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrate specialist clinical knowledge in renal dietetics
  • Demonstrate specialist clinical knowledge in decision making all types of enteral/parenteral feeding
  • Demonstrate specialist clinical knowledge in decision making and parenteral tube feeding
  • Demonstrate experience of involvement in service development
  • Demonstrate contribution to treatment pathways and outcomes that have resulted in improvements
  • Experience of Leading and managing staff
  • Be responsible for clinical supervision of junior staff and students
  • Experience in implementing clinical governance

Skills / Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening, caring and empathy skills and can relate well to staff and patients.
  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills including active listening skills.
  • Ability to assess individuals with complex medical problems and to plan their dietetic care
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • To demonstrate Trust required behaviours in working towards Individual, Department, Divisional and Trust Objectives/Goals.
  • Ability to deliver education sessions to patients, colleague and healthcare staff
  • Prioritisation, planning and organisational and time management skills with ability to meet deadlines
  • Evidence of Continued CPD, including evidence of reflective practice, service evaluation and utilisation of best practice.
  • Excellent computer literacy skills: email, data input, internet, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Ability to work outside normal working hours, including occasional evenings if the service requires.
  • Able to travel to other hospital sites and community locations.
Desirable criteria
  • Able to implement research evidence based practice and apply to practice for continuous service improvement
  • The ability to manage change and conflict to ensure resolutions with positive outcomes.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sally Pugh
Job title
Renal Team Lead
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