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Specialist Dietitian - Childrens Diabetes or training contract

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata, or Annex 21 (75% top of Band 6)
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate or Band 6 Dietitian to join our Paediatric Dietetics team. We welcome applicants from new graduates or experienced Dietitians.

We would love to show you our department. Follow us on social media at Instagram cddftdietitians, Twitter @CDDFTDietitian. Or alternatively, 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

We are offering a rewarding position for a Dietitian to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of children and young people in our area with diabetes. Come and join our friendly Childrens Diabetes Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) if you are keen to develop your skills in this field. Nutritional management is one of the cornerstones of diabetes care and education, and dietitians play a vital part. Diabetes management requires intensive daily therapy and children and families need the support of a multidisciplinary team to facilitate healthy growth and development and integrate diabetes care into their everyday life. Diabetes is a vast area of science with constantly emerging new evidence and technologies and so opportunities for ongoing CPD are important.

The dietitians work very closely with our colleagues in the Childrens Diabetes MDT. The team comprises of three Dietitians (including this post), six Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Clinical Psychologist, Healthcare Assistants, Admin and four Consultants.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

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.

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

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for a their own caseload. Patients will be seen indiviually, in groups or with carers in a variety of settings including hospital wards, group settings, outpatient clinics, MDT clinics, home visits and telephone clinics. The post holder will work closely with other Dietitians and members of the wider multidisciplinary team.

The department trains dietetic students (A, B and C placement) and the post holder will have an active role in student training planning, co-ordination and assessment

The Childrens Diabetes Dietitians are part of the Nutrition and Dietetic Service. The Nutrition and Dietetic service is structured into teams secondary care (incorporating nutrition support and critical care), bariatrics, primary care (incorporating care home training), adult & paediatric diabetes, adult Home Enteral Feeding, paediatrics (incorporating Home Enteral Feeding and paediatric weight management). the nutrition and dietetic service comprises of 6 teams, with 49 Dietitians, 2 Specialist Nurses, 5 Dietetic assistants and we are supported by central administration. We are based on 4 sites in the County, at Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital North Durham, Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.

The post holder will be required to travel between hospital sites within the Trust and the community (County Durham and Darlington).

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 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 Behavioural change training
  • knowledge/ experience of continuous Insulin Pump Therapy

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



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


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

Statutory Registration


  • State Registration in Dietetics (HCPC),


  • Member of British Dietetic Association
  • Member of specialist groups of BDA such as paediatric and DMEG

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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