Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata or annex 21 training contract
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Dietitian, Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate or Band 6 Dietitian to join our Paediatric team. We welcome applicants from those expected to graduate in 2023 .

We would love to show you our department. Follow us on social media at Instagram cddftdietitians, Twitter @CDDFTDietitian. Or alterniatively, contact us to arrange a visit to our office base.

We are a proactive department with a strong focus on service improvement, digital advancement and staff development. We have a preceptorship programme for new staff, regular clinical supervision and lots of CPD opportunities to support career progression.

County Durham is an excellent place to live. With beautiful countryside and coastlines alongside interesting towns and cities. There are excellent transport links to Newcastle (15 minutes via train from Durham) and Sunderland as well as having rail links to other UK cities and international travel from Newcastle and Teesside International Airports.

Main duties of the job

The Nutrition and Dietetic service is split into speciality teams; secondary care, bariatrics, primary care, adult and paediatric diabetes, home enteral feeding, and paediatrics. We have 8 Band 5 Dietitians, 32 Band 6 Dietitians and 9 Band 7 Dietitians. We are supported by Dietetic assistants and Central Administration.

Our service is based on four sites at Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital North Durham, Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.

This post is comprised of 0.6wte paediatric weight management and 0.4wte general paediatrics. This post will be based at Darlington Memorial Hospital but post holders will be required to work county wide.

About us

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We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The paediatric weight management service consists of Specialist Dietetics (this post), Clinical Psychologist and Paediatrician support. Children referred to this service have a BMI greater than 99.6th centile and are referred for specialist input following primary care intervention. The paediatric weight management service is secondary care outpatient clinic based and is a Trust wide service. There are regular joint appointments with the Clinical Psychologist as well as Dietitian only clinics. The general paediatric dietetic aspect of the role will comprise general clinics and ward work. Safeguarding is an integral role of the Specialist Paediatric Dietitian. Regular support and supervision regarding this is provided by the Trust Childrens Safeguarding team.

New graduates are very welcome to apply and take up this position as a training and development role, with responsibilities and role adjusted accordingly. Please note that the appointment will be made at Band 6 Annex 21 (which will be 75% of top of band 6 as per NHS Agenda for Change) or Band 6 dependent on qualifications and experience. If you are appointed under Annex 21 conditions, once you have successfully completed our 12 month competency based training programme you will progress to a permanent Band 6 grade. (The contract ends if an applicant does not successfully complete the required learning objectives within this time frame under the Annex 21 scheme).

Person Specification



  • BSc(hons) / BSc / Diploma/ Msc Dietetics Clinical supervisory skills


  • Module 1 of BDA paediatric post registration modules Working towards or hold a Masters Degree. Leadership Training

Special Requirements


  • Good time management, ability to work as part of a team, flexible approach to work, able to meet the travel requirements of the post

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • IT skills
  • Completion of post-graduate specialist education Ability to plan, initiate and evaluate new services and manage change Has a highly developed understanding of the changing NHS environment and its impact on service provision and staff.


  • Experience of using an electronic patient record system



  • Significant post registration experience Previous experience of working in a variety of clinical settings
  • Experience of working within MDT environments


  • Previous experience in paediatrics Previous experience of audit and research including submission / presentation to journals / conferences

Statutory Registration


  • State Registration in Dietetics, Member of British Dietetic Association.


  • Member of British Dietetic Association
  • Member of paediatric group of BDA

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