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Specialist Dietitian (Paediatrics)

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen to join our friendly, forward thinking and collaborative team at South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. Our Dietetic Department of more than 55 staff is managed as one team, but is structured into smaller teams led by Senior Specialist Dietitians. We are actively involved in the training of Trainee Dietitians and offer A, B and C placements for both Leeds Beckett and Newcastle University.

We are looking to recruit a self-motivated and committed Dietitian to join our friendly and proactive department. Our department recognises the importance of work life balance and we actively support flexible working within our department.

You will be responsible for providing a dietetic service for paediatric patients referred by the acute and community paediatric multi-disciplinary teams both for in and outpatients. You will work as a core member of the paediatric dietetic team as well as involvement in the wider MDTs including diabetes, complex nutritional needs, childhood obesity, allergies, neonatal, home enteral feeding, and eating disorders. You will work in close liaison between acute and community sectors.

Access to local amenities are within walking distance from Sunderland hospital including post office, Subway, supermarkets, bakery and more. Transport links to Newcastle city centre via Metro. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the department for any further information and we welcome informal visits to the department.

Main duties of the job

The Nutrition and Dietetics Department has excellent working links with the wider MDT and we are looking for an applicant who is confident in communicating with a range of professionals.

The department is friendly and supportive and encourage CPD, including regular clinical supervision and evidence based practice groups.

This post is subject to satisfactory DBS check at Enhanced level.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide Nutrition and Dietetic services to children and their families/carers in conjunction with the Senior Specialist Dietitian. This will involve assessing the nutritional status of patients and the development of dietary care plans for children within both in-patient and out-patient settings.

To be clinically competent to provide specialist advice, treatment and dietary counselling to children and their families/carers.

To work as an autonomous practitioner within appropriate clinical and professional guidelines and as part of a team.

To contribute to the development of dietetic resources for children and families/carers.

To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of dietary treatment.

To take an active part in the training of trainee Dietitians.

To undertake an annual appraisal with the Senior Specialist Dietitian.

To identify personal training needs undertaking relevant CPD opportunities to develop new and to maintain and update existing skills.

To help to provide cover for colleagues.

To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade/band as requested by the Head of Dietetics.

Person Specification



  • Post registration experience in general dietetics
  • Experience of working with groups


  • Experience of working with children
  • Experience of working within general paediatrics and their families/carers
  • An understanding of the Child Protection procedures and process



  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to interpret dietary information into straightforward and realistic goals
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role


  • Teaching Skills
  • Group work skills
  • Motivational interviewing skills
  • IT skills

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to motivate patients and families/carers
  • Ability to work with groups of people
  • Ability to communicate with children and adults



  • Degree/Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • State Registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Evidence of CPD within paediatrics
  • Supervisory Skills Course
  • Teaching Qualification



  • Empathetic to children
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Self motivated

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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