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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
26/03/2023 23:59
Interview date

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

Wish you were here? So do we.

We want all our staff to achieve a balance between work and personal life and understand how important flexible working can be.  We welcome applications on a full or part time basis, various shift patterns and hybrid working, where roles allow.


Job overview

Due to a number of internal promotions, we are pleased to offer the ultimate new graduate role.  We are recruiting for a Band 5 Dietitian to work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. This is a permanent full-time post (1.0 WTE). This post is suitable for newly qualified Dietitians or Band 5 Dietitians looking for further experience. We also welcome applications from Dietetic Students in their final degree years.

In this role we aim to give you a solid knowledge base within Dietetics at one of the largest hospitals in the UK to set you on course for a successful career. You will be based within the Adult Acute Team. We see patients from a variety of specialties including gastroenterology and surgical, neurology and stroke, critical care, medicine for the elderly, oncology, renal, eating disorders and many more!

Why don’t you get in touch and talk to us about what we can do for you? 

We will develop you into an autonomous practitioner who is empowered to make decisions and take actions using your own initiative.  In the meantime, you will have a dedicated team leader and peer support to enable you to make the most of learning opportunities you will encounter.

Over 2/3 of our current Specialist Dietitians started in our department as Band 5 Dietitians! 

Put your trust in our Trust to launch your career!

Main duties of the job

When you first arrive with us you will have a 4-week induction period where you will be slowly introduced to the clinical caseload.  You will then be supported to take on your own patients within the Adult Acute Team. Alongside this you will be helped through our general Dietetic and enteral feeding competencies within the first 3 months of practice.  You will also be involved in the day-to-day co-ordination and prioritisation of patient care, learning key skills for your future. Newly qualified Dietitians will also be enrolled on our preceptorship scheme which will further support your development in your first year of Dietetic practice.

On an ongoing basis your responsibilities will include:

  • Day to day patient care
  • Prioritisation and organisation of caseloads
  • Research and audit
  • CPD activities
  • Mentoring & supervising Dietetic Assistants and Practitioners of the team including apprenticeship mentorship
  • Supervision of Dietetic Students
  • Involvement or leading projects to support departmental improvement
  • Active involvement in team meetings and discussions
  • Training for ward staff including nurses, HCA’s and junior doctors

Working for our organisation

We have people from as far away as Australia so helping new people settle is second nature.  As a department we have regular social events (including axe throwing) and in-work social activities (we are serious when it comes to baking).  Before you start, we can help advise on the areas of Norfolk that will best meet your needs whether you enjoy the beaches or city life.

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We are a dynamic, outgoing and creative team made up from diverse professionals from around the world.  We cover both adult and paediatric patients containing extensive specialties where you will be able to develop new skills and gain experience.  We understand the importance of supporting people and appreciate that everyone has different needs with regards to their development.  We will work with you to ensure that we offer the support which best complements your unique learning style. 

  • To provide a dietetic service to Medicine for the elderly wards, general medical and surgical wards, heart attack clinic and general outpatient clinic.
  • To provide dietetic advice to patients and/or carers whilst taking into account their social, emotional, psychological and cultural needs.
  • To provide nutritional assessment and dietetic intervention, on an individual basis, incorporating biochemical and pharmacological review, anthropometry, clinical condition and other physical parameters.
  • To ensure appropriate treatment, monitoring and review of patient’s dietary needs, involving other agencies when indicated.
  • To communicate effectively with the multidisciplinary team through attendance at ward rounds, case conferences, discharge planning meetings and team meetings as appropriate.
  • To recommend to Doctors the prescription of nutritional supplements and enteral feeds for outpatients, and arrange monitoring.
  • To prescribe nutritional supplements for inpatients within the specific guidelines agreed by the Trust.
  • To be trained in the use of enteral feeding pumps and equipment, to be confident to advise nursing staff, patients and carers.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • Current HCPC registration in Dietetics


Essential criteria
  • Good clinical knowledge in general Dietetics
  • Good time management and ability to prioritise workload

Attitude, aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work flexibly with the Dietetic department
  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH’s PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to use own initiative

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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

Sophie Rudgley
Job title
Specialist Dietitian & Acute Team Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01603 287010