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Paediatric Dietitian

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an enthusiastic motivated dietitian looking to extend your paediatric knowledge in a well-respected and friendly department? Then this opportunity may be for you!

We are looking for a dietitian who is keen to innovate and work together with our acute across site team. This Band 6 vacancy is based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Woolwich. You will join a friendly department comprised of 35 dietitians across the two sites of acute Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements.

The department has excellent secretarial and IT support.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with our Band 7 Paediatric Dietitian at QEH providing a specialist paediatric dietetic service including paediatric oncology and HDU workingas an integral part of the MDT.

Clinical responsibilities will include:-
  • Working on the children's ward including supporting the new 4 bedded HDU
  • Holding biweekly outpatient clinics both face to face and virtual group sessions
  • Working on the 4 bedded inpatient paediatric oncology shared care unit and supporting the oncology MDT

About us

Lewisham and Greenwich are vibrant multicultural areas in South East London with excellent transport links.

Staff training and development is a high priority for the Trust, and you will be supported accordingly by the paediatric dietetic team to establish and develop you in your role.

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Job Summary:

    The post holder will work with our Band 7 Paediatric Dietitian at QEH providing a specialist paediatric dietetic service including paediatric oncology and HDU workingas an integral part of the MDT.

    Clinical responsibilities will include:-
    • Working on the childrens ward, including supporting the new 4 bedded HDU
    • Holding biweekly outpatient clinics both face to face and virtual group sessions
    • Working on the 4 bedded inpatient paediatric oncology shared care unit and supporting the oncology MDT

    You will support the nutritional management children referred to the service by providing specialist advice, education and support to patients, careers and other professionals both within and outside the hospital. This post is accountable to the Head of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Key Result Areas & Performance:
    • To provide high quality, highly complex nutritional and dietetic advice as required.
    • To work as an integral part of the paediatric multi-disciplinary team, liaising with all members to advise on treatment and dietary management for children and their families/carers on a regular basis.
    • To be responsible for the safe discharge of children into the community including those that might require enteral feeding.
    • To develop and be involved in the production of evidence based written materials and teaching resources as required and ensure their regular review. Ensure the availability of culturally appropriate information. Use patient forums to refine materials.
    • To develop, implement and audit innovative methods of delivering education and behaviour change, including working in groups
    • To ensure safe practice through development of caseload management plan taking into account risk management and documentation.
    • To identify and report clinical risk issues as outlined in the trust policy and when required, research and prepare reports regarding clinical risk / clinical incidents.
    • To be responsible for ensuring that patients and carers have consented prior to dietetic intervention in line with professional guidelines.
    • To research, develop with the use of patient forums, audit and publish evidence based departmental literature for use within and outside of the trust.
    • To take responsibility for ongoing clinical excellence through evidence based practice and development of standards, policies and guidelines in conjunction with the Trust standards committee.
    • To keep accurate real time records of dietetic contacts
    • To act as a specialist resource for health professionals in both statutory and voluntary sectors

    • To participate in the operational and strategic planning for the nutrition service for children within the trust.
    • To assist the department in general dietetics as dictated by the needs of the service and covering for other colleagues in their absence.
    • To achieve, forge and maintain links with staff working in Primary Care in nutrition support
    • To attend and actively participate in BDA and non-BDA specialist interest groups meetings contributing to the strategic direction of dietitians in these specialist areas.
    • To be an active team member of the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, participating in departmental developments and projects and attending monthly staff meetings, and continuing professional development sessions.
    • To participate fully in Individual Performance Development and develop a strategy for Continuing Professional Development encompassing a portfolio based assessment, in line with national legislation.
    • To be competent in use of information technology, formulation of databases for research and audit purposes and competent in the use of nutritional databases for determination of nutritional adequacy.
    • To work as part of the Dietetic Team, participating in service developments and attending relevant staff meetings.
    • To maintain strict confidentiality of patients records in accordance with the Trust GDPR guidance and HPC Code of Practice.
    • To maintain state registration and professional liability insurance to cover all working practices.
    • To have an understanding of the Trusts Health & Safety, Confidentiality, Equal Opportunities and Data Protection policies and be aware of responsibilities.


    Costs need to be taken into account when advocating the use of specialist nutritional products, both for inpatients and in recommendations for community prescribing.

    Responsibility also involves looking after expensive feeding and anthropometric equipment, and informing managers as regards usage of costly nutritional products.


    Main working relationships include:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Nursing Staff, Clinical Nurse Specialists, School nurses & Health Visitors
    • Catering Staff
    • Pharmaceutical Staff
    • Speech Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Psychologists and Clinical Chemistry
    • Dietitians
    • Community agencies (e.g. Home Enteral Nutrition Team, Home Care companies)

    Communication involves:
    • Working closely with the extended Paediatric Multidisciplinary Team both inpatient and outpatient discussing patient sensitive information
    • Ability to utilise developed communication and teaching skills to educate the diverse and multicultural population with barriers to understanding the essential, highly complex artificial nutrition support and related procedures.
    • Formal Presentations to colleagues and student training
    • To be actively involved in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate multidisciplinary students, both within and outside of the trust. This includes active participation in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics training and assessment of student dietitians.
    • Presentation of research and audit within the Trust and also at regional, national and international medical and dietetic meetings and conferences.
    • To initiate, organise and implement training and education sessions trust-wide as appropriate, regarding new policies. To carry out training in person, or arrange external trainers.
    • To produce teaching materials and patient literature for use within and outside of the Trust.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications & Training


    • BSc in Dietetics or equivalent
    • Current State Registration
    • Post graduate training in paediatrics /diabetes / nutrition support / cognitive behavioural therapy



    • Dietetic Experience - minimum 2 years as a Band 5
    • Experience of training student dietitians
    • Working as part of a team


    • Paediatric Dietetic Experience
    • Conducting Audits and or research

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Sound Clinical knowledge
    • Evidence of CPD
    • Sound knowledge of current issues of dietetics
    • Good communication
    • Organisational Skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Time Management
    • Maintain confidentiality
    • Prioritise own work load
    • Able to work under own initiative
    • Ability to liaise with professionals at all levels
    • Computer Literacy
    • Demonstrate understanding of equal opportunities


    • Able to achieve deadlines

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    Queen Elizabeth Hospital

    Stadium Road


    SE18 4QH

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