Highly Specialist Dietitian (Upper GI) | Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

41 659 £
Date Placed 11 January


Band 7 Dietitian - Upper GI - Full Time (12 month’s fixed term, funded by Cancer Alliance)

Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust (LUHFT)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Dietitian to join our friendly team, to cover multiple hospital sites; The Royal Liverpool, Broadgreen and Aintree Hospitals. The postholder will be based mainly at Broadgreen Hospital with regular attendance at Aintree and the Royal. These teaching hospitals recently merged to become one Trust. Upper GI Cancer services also merged, and the Trust is the tertiary centre for Upper GI surgery in the Cheshire and Merseyside region.

This post, funded by Cancer Alliance, is part of regional service development to further the dietetic services for non-surgical Upper GI patients referred to the trust with suspected Oesophageal or gastric cancer. This new service development will be led by the post holder with support from the Gastro Specialist Nurses, Gastro dietitians and a Band 4 assistant.

This post works alongside the surgical Upper GI team; supported by the Macmillan Upper GI Dietitian; a Band 7 Upper GI Dietitian, 2 Band 6 Upper GI Dietitians and they are supported by a Band 4 Upper GI Dietetic Assistant, in providing complex dietetic support to this patient group.

We are looking for a Dietitian with excellent communication skills, the ability to work both independently and as part of an MDT and experience of working with people with complex nutritional needs.

The role involves developing, providing, and evaluating outpatient services to complex non-surgical cancer patients, including assessment, treatment, and review of multifaceted, acutely ill, and palliative patients within the service. There will be collaboration with other Upper GI dietetic teams on the Cheshire and Merseyside pathway, e.g., Upper GI surgery, Oncology, community agencies.

Clinically, the role involves cover for Upper GI Cancer non-surgical outpatients, weekly dietetic telephone clinics, and weekly attendance at Upper GI MDT clinics, which also includes gastroenterologists and specialist nurses.

Operational responsibilities include monitoring referrals and activity, prioritising caseload as necessary, evaluating activity, responding to service demands. The Dietitian will work with the team contributing to service improvement, training, development of protocols, policies, resources, standards and audit.

We provide regular supervision, appraisals and team meetings. The Upper GI team has introduced a clinical supervision programme which includes Upper GI Dietitians working in Liverpool.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job Summary (Full JD and PS attached separately)

Philosophy of Nutrition & Dietetics

To provide factually accurate, unbiased evidence based nutritional advice appropriate to the needs of individual. Advice will be provided using a patient-centred appro