Speciality Dietetic Lead (Paediatric Inherited Metabolic Disorders)

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking for a clinical leadership development role and a new challenge? Have you a proven dietetic clinical record in paediatric inherited metabolic disorders (IMD's)? Then this may be the role for you!

We are looking for a strongly motivated, active team player, with excellent communication and influencing skills. You will have a great opportunity to develop clinical leadership skills and at the same time gain further experience in the field of specialist paediatric IMD's.

Key components of this role include clinical specialist, leading and managing the paediatric dietetic IMD team, providing clinical leadership into the paediatric IMD MDT and the paediatric Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland paediatric IMD network.

If you have experience in paediatric IMD and are interested in joining our team, why not get in touch to discuss the role further. Visits can also be arranged.

Check us out on twitter @UHL_DIETITIANS and keep in touch.

Interested and want more information and/or a visit? Please contact :

Ellen Wilford, Speciality Dietetic Lead for Paediatrics and Neonatology

Dietetic and Nutrition Service, Telephone: 0116 258 5400 Email: ellen.wilford@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Please see detailed job description and job specification for more details.

Main duties of the job

As an advanced specialist autonomous practitioner the post holder will provide clinical expertise in the specialist area of paediatric IMD's.

The post holder will lead, develop and manage the paediatric IMD team consisting of two Senior Specialist Dietitians, rotational Senior Dietitians and a Dietetic Assistant Practitioner within this highly specialist area as part of the Dietetic and Nutrition Service. You will have specific responsibility for line management of the Senior Specialist Dietitians.

They will be specifically responsible for liaison and collaboration with the Paediatric Inherited Metabolic Disorders Multi-disciplinary team. The paediatric IMD MDT will include paediatric medical Consultants, local and regional dedicated specialist Nurses, a dedicated Pharmacist, and a regional Psychologist.

They will provide clinical, operational, professional and strategic leadership for the paediatric dietetic IMD team as part of the Dietetic and Nutrition Service Management team, and in doing so will:-
  • Ensure the achievement of the paediatric and neonatal dietetic team performance targets
  • Drive change to ensure that clinical outcomes and patient experiences continually improve
  • Support and develop the team to achieve its full potential and to ensure the highest standards of service delivery
  • Represent the Dietetic and Nutrition Service on internal and external groups
  • Ensure that the service provides value for money
  • Drive quality improvement

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:

o We focus on what matters most

o We treat others how we would like to be treated

o We are passionate and creative in our work

o We do what we say we are going to do

o We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: (leicestershospitals.nhs.uk)

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • As an advanced specialist autonomous practitioner the post holder will have a clinical workload within the paediatric IMD speciality area on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
  • The post holder will provide and develop an expert specialist clinical dietetic service to children with IMD with a job plan representing a minimum of 60% clinical patient care.
  • To lead and develop the provision of expert clinical dietetic practice promoting safe and evidence-based practice and contributing to improved clinical outcomes.
  • To provide appropriate education to patients and carers in order to encourage patient participation in the management of their condition either on an individual or group basis
  • Explain nutrition and diet treatment, gain consent and motivate the patient to achieve goals.

Person Specification



  • A four year Undergraduate or a Two Year Post Graduate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • HCPC Registration
  • Relevant accredited or master level training
  • Clinical Supervisory skills
  • Evidence of leadership development



  • At least 4 years post qualification professional experience in a varied dietetic including
  • Expert practice in Paediatric Dietetic Practice
  • Expert practice in Paediatric Dietetic Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • Experience of Line Management
  • Evidence of Quality Improvement
  • Evidence of Clinical Leadership



  • Experience of Dietetic Team Working
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Evidence of being able to Influence
  • Evidence of Leading a team

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