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Senior Dietitian

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a 1 WTE band 7 Dietitian who has experience in, or passion for, eating disorders as a part of children's mental health care to join our CAMHS inpatient team at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst prior experience in either area is desirable it is not essential as having the right mind set and interest in developing the relevant knowledge and skills are just as important.

Most of your clinical time will be allocated supporting children and young people requiring specialist inpatient treatment for eating disorders. In addition, some of your patients will have other mental health conditions where there are negative implications to a young person's nutritional status and your input will be needed.

Our inpatient unit consists of three wards (Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire).

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing specialist dietetic assessments and therapeutic treatment plans for the young people on your caseload, and to contribute towards discharge planning.

The clinical work will include working with young people with a variety of mental health presentations such as eating disorders, self-harm behaviours, psychosis, anxiety, and depression, as well as neurodevelopmental conditions. Your high-level communication skills will be invaluable when working with the young people and their family members, the wider MDT, and a variety of other agencies involved in the young people's care.

You will be encouraged and supported to take part in service development, including creating and updating resources and clinical guidelines. Your expertise will be valued by your colleagues and you will be asked to provide teaching sessions for nurses, support workers, allied health care professionals and trainee psychiatrists.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • As an autonomous practitioner have accountability and responsibility for your own caseload, working alongside colleagues.
  • To deliver high level dietetic care for the children and young people competently following the 6 steps of the Dietetic Care Process, ensuring the dietetic care is patient- centred and evidence- based.
  • As an autonomous practitioner have accountability and responsibility for your own caseload, working alongside colleagues.
  • To promote a knowledge and understanding within Tier 4 CAMHS of the issues facing children, young people and families / carers who require support, advice and interventions in relation to their nutritional needs.
  • To provide professional expertise to Tier 4 and multi-agency colleagues.
  • Lead the development and updating of CAMHS evidence / practice based dietetic clinical standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and patient information.

Please note interview date 25th March 2024

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics or Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics
  • HCPC registered


  • Member of British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Member of BDA Paediatric/ Mental Health Group or local/regional eating disorder interest groups
  • BDA Paediatric Group Course Module
  • Behaviour Change Skills Course
  • Motivational Approaches Course
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches course
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills Course



  • Post-registration experience in a CAMHS, Children's or Mental Health setting
  • Post-registration experience in artificial (enteral) nutritional support


  • Eating Disorder work
  • Health Promotion

Knowledge and Skills


  • Demonstrate awareness of dietetic issues in CAMHS
  • Demonstrate awareness of dietetic clinical interventions and planning of care
  • Able to work alone and as a member of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Good understanding of paediatric nutritional needs
  • Organisational & Time Management skills


  • Demonstrate audit and research awareness
  • Good presentation skills
  • Evaluation and research skills
  • Accurate keyboard skills-data inputting, word processing, internet, dietary analysis

Personal Attributes


  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible, adaptable and creative
  • Able to respond to unpredictable work patterns and frequent interruptions
  • Able to deal with distressed clients/relatives
  • Demonstrates coping mechanisms to deal with emotional demands of the post
  • Ability to be on site and carry out the physical duties of the post face to face


  • Able to reflect and appraise own performance

Demonstrates Trust Values


  • Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Becton Centre for Children and Young People

Sevenairs Road


S20 1NZ

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