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Specialist dietitian - major trauma

Job Reference: 188-OTH1206

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Support
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£37,570 - £43,772 pa

We have an exciting opportunity for a HCPC registered dietitian, with a keen interest and experience in nutrition support to develop the existing dietetic service to our regional major trauma centre based at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).


You will join the acute adult dietetic team at Southampton General Hospital. This is a busy, hardworking team known for its friendliness, support and development opportunities. You will be working within a close and supportive team of intensive care, neurosciences and trauma and orthopaedic dietitians. There are regular internal CPD sessions and the opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement. There will be opportunities to develop the existing dietetic service by undertaking audit and service improvement projects.

UHS is a leading teaching hospital, hosting a wide range of specialist tertiary services and a nutrition biomedical research centre. The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 100 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing both acute and community services.

UHS is a designated major trauma centre, and one of only two places in the south of England to offer patients full onsite major trauma care provision. People suffering major trauma in Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth are assessed by the ambulance crew. They're taken directly to the major trauma centre at Southampton General Hospital if it is safe to do so, rather than the local emergency department. Patients present with complex and life altering injuries requiring multidisciplinary team management.

Our service operates during core hours, Monday to Friday.


  • You will be working with adult patients admitted with a major trauma injury across the hospital assessing nutritional requirements, taking into account the impact of their injuries, and providing appropriate nutritional support.
  • Your caseload will cover major trauma patients on the critical care units as well as the neurological, trauma and orthopaedic wards and surgical wards.
  • You will be working with patients who have complex or significant injury requiring skilled nutritional assessment and a good understanding of the impact of the injury and subsequent treatment on nutritional requirements.
  • You will work closely with the established major trauma multidisciplinary team, attending MDT meetings and providing nutritional education.
  • You will supervise a band 5 dietitian and band 4 dietetic assistant working in trauma and orthopaedics, leading on development of service improvement projects and audits in this area.


We are looking for someone who has a passion for major trauma, with evidence of relevant, strong clinical skills.

We are also looking for:

  • Flexibility
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a busy, complex caseload
  • You must be prepared to manage patients who may have life altering injuries and be aware of the psychological impact these may have
  • You should have extensive experience of working with complex nutritional support patients requiring enteral nutrition in the acute setting
  • Experience of parenteral nutrition support is desirable although not essential as training can be provided

Experience working in critical care, high dependency units, surgery or neurology is required.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 16 September 2019.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Bethan Jenkins

Team lead dietitian

023 8120 6072

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies under any circumstances.


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