Clinical Team Lead paediatric Dietitian

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced paediatric dietitian in inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs)? Would you relish the opportunity to develop your clinical leadership skills and co-lead a team of 6 specialist paediatric metabolic dietitians?

One of our clinical specialist / team lead dietitians is retiring next year .We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic paediatric metabolic dietitian to join our team within Royal Manchester Children's hospital (RMCH). The post offers the opportunity to join one of the largest and long established metabolic units in the UK.

To be considered for this Band 8a Clinical Specialist / team lead post you will already have a comprehensive knowledge of paediatric IMD with significant experience working at a Band 7 paediatric dietetic level or above leading and managing other staff .

Our metabolic dietetic team currently consists of

2 (1.56 wte) Band 8a Clinical Specialist / Team Lead dietitians,

4 (3.24 wte) Band 7 dietitians posts

2 (1.6wte) Band 6 dietitians posts.

We provide a service to approx. 700 children covering a comprehensive range of inherited metabolic disorders. The metabolic dietetic team is co-located within the interdisciplinary metabolic team including doctors, scientists, nurse specialists and administrative staff.

You will work together with our current paediatric IMD Dietetic team lead to provide leadership, operational management, supervision linking in with the professional lead for paediatric Dietetics.

Main duties of the job

Clinically you will work at an expert level in the dietetic management of paediatric IMDs. Involved in the clinical decision-making process as part of the multidisciplinary team. Providing appropriate up to date evidence-based advice and education to families and colleagues promoting optimal management throughout all ages in this challenging group of patients.

Recent significant clinical dietetic experience in paediatric IMDs is essential, as is a comprehensive paediatric dietetic knowledge base together with evidence of post registration dietetic CPD and training (e.g. Paediatric Masters Modules).

Leadership training and knowledge of HR procedures and previous experience of line management is essential. Together with a proven ability to chair meetings, develop service and clinical guidelines.

The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills with a strong commitment to MDT working. You will need to be flexible, reliable, conscientious, self-motivated and have an enquiring mind. You will support the clinical supervision, learning and development of the band 7/6 dietitians and assistants within the IMD team.

Our service is committed to helping you develop your skills through CPD, peer support, specialist networking and training opportunities, annual appraisals, audit, policy development and training in line with best practice guidelines to develop expert clinical skills.

About us

MFT brings together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester & beyond. We champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system launched in September 2022.

We're a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes.

RMCH is a tertiary Children's Hospital providing regional and supra-regional services to include most dietetic clinical paediatric specialties. We are based in a 371 bed, purpose built hospital in the centre of Manchester, and are continuing to expand and develop our paediatric dietetic service to reflect state of the art facilities in the largest single-site children's hospital in the UK. Dietetics is a well-recognised and respected service and form part of most multi-disciplinary clinical teams. Our paediatric dietetic service is led by a professional paediatric dietetic lead and comprises o 7 x B8a clinical specialist / paediatric dietetic team leadso 21 x B7 paediatric dietitianso 11 x B6 paediatric dietitianso 5 x paediatric dietetic assistanto Special Feeds Unit o Administrative support

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education, Qualification and state Registration


  • BSc. or MSc in Dietetics or relevant science degree plus post grad Diploma in Dietetics or equivalent experience
  • State Registration via HCPC
  • recognised post-graduate training, Completion of validated/nationally in a clinical specialist area or equivalent experience
  • Completion of post graduate training in First line management and HR issues or equivalent experience
  • Completion of clinical educators skills course or equivalent experience
  • Completion of post graduate training in leadership / team working or equivalent experience


  • MSc. in relecant field
  • Member of BDA
  • Member of specialist interest group
  • Audit and research training to a post graduate level

Knowledge and experience


  • substancial postgraduate paediatric acute clinical experience
  • significant experience as a B7 paediatric highly specialist Dietitian
  • experience of line management of staff
  • Evidence of understanding of Quality and safety and implications for services including quality issues, audit and evidence based practice
  • Evidence of relevant Continual Professional Development to an advanced practitioner level
  • Experience of Interdisciplinary and uni-disciplinary team working


  • Evidence in participation in post registration and published papers

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital

hathersage Road


M13 9WL

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