Home Enteral Feeding Support worker

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
December 01, 2022
Offerd Salary:£21,730 - £23,177
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:fixed term contracts
Working Time:Full time
Working type:N/A
Job Ref.:N/A
Home Enteral Feeding Support worker Band 3

Main area

Dietetics/Speech and Language Therapy


Band 3




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£21,730 - £23,177 pa

Salary period



01/12/2022 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

We have a range of exciting opportunities for dietetic assistants to join our busy and friendly team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust. We are looking for hard working and enthusiastic staff to assist the dietitians in providing nutrition advice and support to our patients.

Our dietetic assistants work in a variety of roles supporting patients in hospital and also in their own homes undertaking a mix of clinical patient facing and administrative duties. We have opportunities available in our adult and community teams for either full or part time working.


UHS is a leading teaching hospital and the department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 130 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties.

The post holders will be based within the dietetic and Speech and language therapy department at Southampton general hospital. One post holder will spend some of their time working with the Southampton City Home enteral feeding team (HEN) which is based at the Royal South Hants hospital. This team looks after adults who have a feeding tube and live in the Southampton City area. They visit patients in their own home to provide support to patients in managing their tube and sites. All the teams are very friendly and can provide the necessary training and support the post holders will require.

Our service operates Monday to Friday during core hours.

Main duties of the job YOUR MAIN DUTIES

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. 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.

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities WHAT YOU'LL DO

You will:

  • Be a member of the dietetic team, working under the supervision of the dietitians to provide evidence-based nutrition advice to patients.
  • Work on the inpatient wards to assist with nutrition screening, triaging of patient referrals and provide first line nutrition support advice.
  • Assist the dietitians with completion of administration tasks such as registering patients for home nutrition support and liaising with GP surgeries and dietitians from other hospitals.
  • Provide nutrition training to ward staff and patients.
  • Manage your workload and own time effectively with regards to clinical priority
  • Work within your own limitations and seek support from supervising dietitians when required
  • Depending on the role you are appointed to, you may be required to carry out home visits to weigh patients and support them to look after their feeding tubes.


    We are looking for people who are keen to learn; previous experience of working in nutrition and/or working in a hospital setting is desirable but not essential. Good communication and organisational skills are paramount to this role. Full training and support will be provided.

    We have several opportunities available for part-time or full-time hours and permanent and fixed term contracts. Please do get in touch to find out more. If you are appointed to a role requiring home visits, you will need to be able to travel independently to patient homes and access to a car for work purposes would be required.

    Applications from people from diverse backgrounds are particularly welcomed. We are family friendly so flexible working arrangements may be considered.


    Interviews will be held on Friday 9th December 2022.

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • GCSE minimum grade C or 4 or equivalent in English and Maths
  • Vocational qualification (NVQ Level 3 or equivalent) or experience deemed to be equivalent e.g. HCA trained, experience in another therapy assistant role, health trainer role or teaching assistant role
  • Computer literate in Windows systems e.g. Word, Excel
  • Desirable criteria
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Experience of health service computer systems
  • Infection control procedure training
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team and able to demonstrate an understanding of specific clinical roles
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Desirable criteria
  • Recent experience of working within hospital or health service setting
  • Experience of talking to groups
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates a practical approach and flexibility in working style
  • Plan and prioritises own workload within agreed boundaries
  • Able to cope with unpredictable events / varying work demands
  • Flexibility to meet competing priorities
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and seek advice when necessary
  • Ability to cope with occasional exposure to distressed patients and family members/ unpleasant smells or sights
  • Ability to communicate confidently at a variety of levels, e.g. with patients (who may have a range of disabilities) families / carers and health professionals, using a variety of methods
  • Ability to overcome barriers to communication, using alternative methods as appropriate
  • Desirable criteria
  • Works well alone and as part of a team
  • Awareness of standards of record keeping
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Ability to handle difficult situations in a tactful and sensitive manner
  • Ability to cover out of hours commitment occasionally
  • Desirable criteria
  • Full driving licence and use of vehicle
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values: Patients First, Always Improving, Working Together
  • 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.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal thinkuhs.co.uk where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

    How and why we use your information

    The Trust is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

    The European General Data Protection Regulations enhances individuals' rights and safeguards all of their data in place under the DPA. Please click here to see how and why we store your information.

    Find us on social media, we're on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

    Employer certification / accreditation badges Applicant requirements

    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.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 429.8KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 217.6KB)
  • Apply online now

    Further details / informal visits contact


    Lynsey Clode

    Job title

    Team Lead Dietitian

    Email address

    [email protected]

    Telephone number

    023 8120 6072

    Additional information

    Michelle Sutcliffe

    Team Lead Dietitian

    023 8054 0184

    [email protected]

    If you have problems applying, contact


     If you have problems with the

    online application form please contact Recruitment Support Services Open Monday to Friday 08:30am to 5:30pm


     01629 690826

    From this employer

    Recent blogs

    Recent news