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Paediatric Community Specialist Dietitian

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced dietitian to work in an expanding community-based service to support children and young people with a neurodisability or neurodevelopmental disorder in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall is a fantastic place to live and is full of opportunities so come and work for the NHS in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

We are looking for a highly motivated dietitian who would like to work alongside multi-professional and multiagency colleagues to deliver a clinical dietetic service to disabled children with eating and drinking problems.

The post holder will also work with the team on the roll out of a new, innovative education and training programme for professionals working with selective eaters.

Main duties of the job

This post will involve the dietitian working with children and young people and their families, groups, schools, communities and with carers across the age range from birth to 18 years old. The therapy and training will be delivered both virtually and face to face within the local community.

Our service is committed to student training, quality improvement, research and audit and we pride ourselves on our commitment to continuing professional development.

About us

The Trust is committed to investing in and caring for all our staff. We will support you in maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing, as well as your career development through management and training support - developing exceptional people for exceptional careers. We hope that you will decide to join us and become part of this exciting journey, helping us to shape our future together.

Cornwall is a fantastic place to live and work in and is full of opportunities.

The Children's Community Therapy Service is a friendly multi-disciplinary team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Support and Admin Staff.

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work without supervision in a variety of settings and remote locations in the specialised area of dietetics for disabled children.

To provide dietetic support and advice to disabled children and their carers with a wide clinical remit in a variety of setting.

To work as part of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team providing support for children with disabilities ensuring all team members are aware of the importance of nutrition for their patients but equally gaining support and advice from other team members on other aspects of care.

To provide advice and support to other dietitians who advise children with a disability within mainstream healthcare and supporting the multi-disciplinary teams.

To work with the MDT in prioritising referrals to the disabled childrens dietetic team to deliver a service within resources to those of highest clinical need.

Undertake comprehensive patient assessment, dietary review, and nutritional assessment. Assessment will include consideration of diagnoses, prognoses, anthropometry, biochemistry, pharmacology, and medical history of highly complex children/young people. Set a plan of care which integrates with the MDT plan for the child/young person in all care settings.

To record accurately all assessments and interventions in medical notes/ nursing documentation/care records/dietetic record cards in line with Trusts policy

To contribute to and where appropriate lead specialist clinical Outpatient sessions e.g., eating and drinking clinics for children with complex needs. Within the clinical setting, assess the patients nutritional biochemical and clinical status, therapeutic dietary needs and advice required regarding dietary/lifestyle interventions. Review progress regarding dietary advice given, where appropriate.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Nutrition/Dietetics or equivalent leading to Health Professions Council (HPC) Registration as a Dietitian.
  • Membership of the British Dietetic Association


  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant clinical field.
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group



  • Comprehensive post registration experience.
  • Experience of working autonomously with a dietetic caseload without direct supervision
  • Good level of experience in paediatric Neurodisability
  • Training, education and supervision of staff in the delivery of dietetics


  • Experience managing dietetic staff
  • Comprehensive experience in paediatric Neurodisability
  • Management and support of children with life limiting/threatening conditions.
  • Experience of community working

Practical/Intellectual Skills


  • To be able to demonstrate Proficient IT skills including Microsoft 10 Excel, Email, Power Point, Word.
  • Working knowledge of how to set up and use projectors/laptops and experience delivering group education
  • Ability to work autonomously and be confident with lone working
  • An ability to assess success, interpret data and write reports
  • An ability to manage a designated caseload
  • Ability to travel across Cornwall to other sites as required including flexibility with where service need is.
  • Ability to supervise and support other staff
  • An ability to run groups for people of more than 20.
  • An ability to evaluate and report on complex data.


  • Ability to effectively communicate with colleagues in partnership agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Curnow School

Drump Road


TR15 1LU

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