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Specialist Paediatric Dietitian - PICU & Cardiology

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking to further your experience as a specialised Paediatric Dietitian, whilst working as part of a dynamic forward thinking team in a tertiary children's hospital? We are a friendly department of 32 Dietitians, supported by dietetic Support Workers, Special Feed Unit staff and an administrative team.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and pro-active Paediatric Dietitian to join our paediatric Intensive Care and Cardiology team as a permanent post holder. The post provides a PICU nutrition service within our tertiary centre for children receiving cardiac or upper GI surgery and those admitted for burns, neurology and multi trauma across the South West region. The post holder will be the clinical lead and develop the service, as well as provide support and supervision to other members of within the critical care dietetic team.

Our department is committed to student training, quality improvement, research and audit. All staff are supported with regular meetings with their supervisor. We pride ourselves on our commitment to continuing professional development.

We have a good clerical team, dietetic Support Workers and IM& T support. We are part of the recently formed University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW). Bristol is vibrant, fun city that is full of opportunities and a gateway to the South West.

Main duties of the job

To apply for this post, you will ideally have clinical paediatric experience in this area alongside demonstrable leadership skills to ensure high standards of clinical care and knowledge for the development of this service. We are seeking suitably experienced dietitian with appropriate skills according the BDA PICU Dietitian competency framework at band 7 level. There is potential to lobby and progress the PICU/cardiac clinical lead specialist post into an ACP role.

We have advertised this as full time post and are looking for the appropriate or equivalent level of experience as the clinical specialist lead.

We actively encourage you to contact us regarding this post in advance and we welcome any questions you may have. Please call 0117 342 8011 and ask to speak with Jason Beyers or Heather Norris. Alternatively, you could email or

Interviews will be held via an online platform. You will be expected to complete a 10 minute presentation as part of the interview process.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant experience as a qualified dietitian at Band 6 level or above
  • Experience working either in Paediatric or Nephrology specialities
  • Working as part of a multi-professional team
  • Student training
  • Providing supervision to junior dietitians


  • Experience of audit
  • Experience of Research and Development
  • Active/committee member of BDA Specialist Interest Group

Skills and Abilities


  • Time Management
  • Teaching / Presentation skills in a variety of settings and to professional groups/grades
  • Computer skills and use of dietary analysis programs
  • Strong clinical reasoning
  • Promotes professional interests
  • Good communication skills at all levels, both oral and written
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work under own initiative


  • Behaviour & motivational interviewing skills



  • Able to maintain effective working relationships
  • Good organisational skills
  • Flexible
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivated

Qualifications and Training


  • HCPC Registration
  • Degree/Post graduate qualification in Dietetics
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Postgraduate diploma / MSc or evidence of advanced dietetic practice e.g. British Dietetic Association Paediatric Modules
  • British Dietetic Association membership
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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