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Senior Specialist Dietitian - Paediatric Operational Lead

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, highly motivated and dynamic team lead to manage our Paediatric acute and community team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Previous line management experience is essential, paediatric clinic experience is not.

Longer term, a willingness to learn and manage a small amount of clinical work would be desirable.

You will provide line management support to a team of six dietitians and a dietetic assistant based at University Hospital and Paybody Building, Coventry.

We are looking for someone who is focused on delivering the best care to our patients as well as creating the best experiences and opportunities for our staff. It is an exciting time for the organisation as we move to deliver our new trust strategy.

You will be supported in your own personal development by a strong Dietetic Management Team. There is access to our own bespoke leadership and change management training. You will also have the benefits of being part of a passionate peer network within UHCW and with our partnership organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Please contact Claire Birch, Dietetic Manager Community Services at to discuss this opportunity or to arrange an informal visit.

Main duties of the job

Provide line management for the Paediatric Team.

Support service development alongside three Band 7 Paediatric Service Leads and relevant MDTs

Work with senior colleagues across the Dietetic and Speech and Language Therapy Department on department initiatives such as job planning.

To work autonomously to provide specialist dietetic advice to patients, their carers and staff within agreed protocols and guidelines and with support from senior colleagues including:
  • Carry out nutritional assessments (interpretation of biochemistry,anthropometrics, clinical condition and diet history) to determine nutritional problem.
  • Development of treatment plans (calculation of nutritional requirements, Analysis of nutritional intakes sometimes using specialist IT systems, client centred goals and discharge planning including patients on artificial nutritional support).
  • Prescription of dietary treatment and ACBS products for conditionswhere there are limited professional / clinical guidelines available.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be clinically competent following appropriate training to give specialist dietetic advice, treatment and dietary counselling to patients in, in-patient and out-patient clinic locations including consultant led clinics and structured group education programmes as appropriate.

To communicate nutrition and dietetic information in an understandable form to staff, clients and carers, requiring negotiation, persuasion, motivation and counselling skills including situations where there are barriers to change.

To use appropriate communication skills and resources to ensure that suitably accessible information is available to individuals on their dietary treatment/care plans.

To liaise with catering, nursing and dietetic staff to ensure the provision of a satisfactory meal service for individual patients

To attend and participate in multidisciplinary meetings.

To participate in the health promotion activities of the department and paediatric team.

To work flexible hours to meet the needs of the patients and the service as required

To cover the work of colleagues and deputise for senior colleagues during periods of absence or peak workloads.

For further details of the role please see the attached job description.

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