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Bariatric Dietitian

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 6 months
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
whittington Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 £32,306 - £39,207 Excl HCAS
Salary period
25/10/2021 08:00

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Job overview

We have an opportunity for an experienced bariatric dietitian to fill this exciting and challenging Band 7 post working within Bariatric surgery. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self motivated, confident individual who enjoys working  flexibly to support the service. We are looking for a strong team player to contribute to the specialist MDT as well as the wider Nutrition and Dietetic Team. Strong time management and excellent communication skills are essential for this post.

There is the potential to be involved and lead on research as well as regular audits and development projects. We are looking for someone who has enjoyed embracing the challenges of the last few months and is keen to support different ways of working to care for patients, for example setting up of virtual group education sessions.

As a band 7 staff member we will require you to take on the line management of a band 6 dietitian, as well as contributing to our student training programme.

We have comprehensive IT facilities and administrative support and a strong commitment to providing CPD opportunities. You will also have access to UCL Medical School library facilities.

Main duties of the job

To deliver highly specialist advice, education and support to patients, carers and other health professionals within the Bariatric Surgery Service.


To assess the dietetic needs of pre and post bariatric surgical patients, facilitate behaviour change to improve nutritional & clinical outcomes and to provide advice and support to patients, families and other professionals involved in care.


To act as an expert resource for the management of bariatric surgical patients for the trust and educate and train dietetic students and other health care professionals within the trust


To have an integral role in the decision making process at the Bariatric Surgery Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings.


To participate in continuing professional development, audit and research activities within this specialist area.


Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



  1. To provide an outpatient service to post Bariatric Surgery patients to advise and support in implementing complex dietary interventions and to monitor for clinical and nutritional complications following surgery. To act on clinical findings by liaising with surgical consultants, general practitioners and the rest of the MDT as required. , Ongoing monitoring of these patients will be required either by phone or by organising additional clinics as necessary.


  1. To review all blood biochemistry results for patients seen by the dietitian in pre and post bariatric surgery outpatient clinics and report on abnormal nutritional results to the GPs. To advise on management of nutritional deficiencies in line with Trust policies and appropriate clinical guidelines.



  1.  To provide a specialist in-patient service for all bariatric surgery patients post-operatively; this involves the clinical assessment and education of post-operative diet, eating behaviours and nutritional supplement requirements. You may also be required to deliver standardised Bariatric nursing recommendations to this patient group.


  1. To provide a comprehensive dietetic inpatient service to patients experiencing complications following bariatric surgery who are deemed to be at nutritional risk; this can include oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition support.



  1. In conjunction with the Bariatric Specialist nurses; deliver group education sessions covering all elements of bariatric surgery, pre-operative low calorie diet for high risk patients and long term weight management and self-directed care.


  1. To attend and participate in the bariatric surgery multi-disciplinary team meeting &  bariatric administrative meeting.



  1. To incorporate motivational interviewing and behaviour change techniques into patient consultations.


  1. To provide part of the absence cover for routine and specialist patient care service for in-patients. This may involve being responsible for the nutritional care of patients on the intensive care unit and taking part in nutrition team ward round.



  1. To cover for other members of the Bariatric allied health team in times of absence within limits of clinical knowledge/ skills.


  1. To contribute to the development of protocols, guidelines and written literature for the Bariatric Service.



  1. To be competent in the use of information technology including the formulation of databases for research and audit purposes as well as the use of nutritional packages for assessment of patients nutritional requirements and dietary adequacy




  1. To provide nutrition education sessions to other members of the multi-disciplinary team including allied health professionals, nursing, medical and external healthcare professions such as GPs.


  1. To act as a resource for specialist dietary information relating to  bariatric surgery to the primary health care teams, other community groups and related interest groups


  1. To be responsible for the clinical supervision, both theoretical and practical, of dietetic students as part of the departments national accreditation. Postgraduate training in clinical supervisory skills is required.


  1. To identify and undertake audit and research projects that will enhance patient care. To present these results at meetings or conferences as appropriate


  1. Whilst not an aspect of every day work, the post holder would be expected to develop and deliver nutrition teaching sessions regionally/nationally for Dietitians, medical staff, other health care professionals and members of the public. This may include giving lectures to university students when required.


  1. To develop and implement departmental and strategic standards and policies for Bariatric patients as directed by National guidelines.


  1. To take part in a monthly CPD forum for the department which includes reviewing journal articles and cascading information from study days attended.




  1. To ensure all documentation is accurate and complete in line with departmental and Trust and policies.


  1. To participate in general cover in times of staff sickness or absence when necessary.


  1. To keep legible written records of all dietetic contacts in line with departmental and Trust standards, and keep statistics in accordance with departmental requirements.


  1. To abide by all departmental and trust policies and procedures as necessary and to work within the professional code of conduct.


  1. To organise, monitor and supervise the workload of designated staff




  1. To communicate effectively with patients and carers, through persuasion, motivation and explanation, to ensure adequate understanding of the condition and treatment required. Barriers to understanding such as language differences, loss of hearing, altered perception; fear and pain may be evident.

  2. To deal with sensitive issues regarding patients, providing reassurance and clear explanation.

  3.  To communicate and liaise with the community multidisciplinary teams and services regarding the nutritional management of patients and where necessary providing highly specialist information and education to clinicians, patients and carers.


  1. To be able to develop and use communication and teaching skills to educate the diverse and multicultural population


  1. To employ specialist communication skills to discuss sensitive issues and facilitate behaviour in a complex client group.


  1. To be able employ different styles of language and communication, tailored to the situation.


  1. To be able to provide feedback, discuss performance and career progression of junior members of staff.


  1. To be comfortable providing justification and rational for clinical decisions with a wide range of professionals from consultants to senior members of clinical & non clinical staff.





  1. To ensure practice is evidence based, by keeping up to date with new research literature, and by regularly evaluating working practices through evidence based practice projects, audit and research


  1. To make recommendations to changes in clinical practice and lead on the implementation of new working practices


  1. To work as part of the Nutrition and Dietetic Team, towards new developments, attending and contributing ideas and opinions in relevant staff meetings and CPD meetings. To comment and propose changes to current departmental policies as appropriate.

  2. To participate in staff appraisal and be working towards an individual personal development plan. To keep a professional portfolio of CPD activities undertaken to comply with HCPC requirements for registration

  3. To attend and contribute to appropriate specialist interest groups e.g. DOM UK, AUGIS & BOMSS. 





  1. To undertake supervision and mentoring of junior staff


  1. To assist the manager in identifying areas requiring service development and where appropriate contribute or lead on projects


  1. To be involved in the recruitment process of department staff members


  1. To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as requested by the Clinical Lead Dietitan. This may include managerial tasks in the Clinical Lead’s absence.


To provide on call cover during holiday periods for the department and nutrition team

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or BSc in relevant science subject plus post-graduate diploma Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Practice Educators courses e.g. facilitating learning etc
  • Evidence of further postgraduate study in dietetics, including obesity management / bariatrics e.g. MSc, or working towards MSc (accredited bariatric modules or BOMSS dietitian course)
  • Attended Behavioural therapy management course • Level 1
Desirable criteria
  • Attended Behavioural therapy management course • Level 2 &3


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate computer Literacy


Essential criteria
  • Sound clinical nutrition knowledge in obesity and bariatrics
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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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Katarina Burton
Job title
Specialist Bariatric Dietitian
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Additional information

If you would like to know more about the post please contact Katarina Burton, Specialist Bariatric Dietitian on 0207 288 5989 or Rebecca Youngman, Clinical Lead on 0207 288 5554

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3767