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B7 Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Welcome to East Sussex, a place that boasts a beautiful coastline, beaches and the South Downs National Park. Close to Brighton and rail links to London. Come and join our friendly, sociable, experienced dietetic team. Applications are invited from motivated HCPC registered dietitians who are keen to advance their clinical, professional and leadership skills from both the NHS and private sector. You will be an excellent communicator, able to work independently and in a team, as well as being organised and confident.

Are you looking for a new & exciting role? We are looking for an enthusiastic team player to join our Paediatric Dietetic Team at East Sussex Healthcare Trust. This is an exciting & innovative post working within paediatrics between primary & secondary care across East Sussex.Assistance for relocation and support with initial accommodation is available please discuss at interview. There is also pastoral care support available to aid your smooth transition into living in East Sussex and working for ESHT.

We are vibrant and thriving department that continually engages with new research & technology. We utilise globally renowned guest speakers to deliver training & utilise a paperless patient records system. The use of social media allows us to regularly share & celebrate our teams achievements (see @ESHTDietitians). In addition to this, the team promotes & values a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of our staff through social events & activities.

Main duties of the job

Upon your successful appointment, you will hold a clinical caseload, and work in a range of settings including paediatric ward, special care baby unit and outpatient clinics. You'll play a key role in helping us develop new resources and improving the paediatric dietetics service for our patients. The post holder will also be required to attend meetings or training across the wider county of East Sussex therefore being a car driver / owner is essential for this post.

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting a varied paediatric caseload, across a variety of clinical conditions. You will be part of a friendly, supportive, professional team, and will be fully supported to develop your professional skills and areas of special clinical interest. We offer regular supervision and competency training opportunities for your ongoing professional development, along with improving patient care. Where identified in your appraisal and in line with service development we also have access to post graduate university funding for individual masters modules for professional development.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To act as a lead and expert for the team and department concerning paediatrics - specific area to be discussed on appointment. To be responsible for the specialist nutrition and dietetic management of paediatric patients referred for nutritional advice in East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (including assessment and treatment) using specialist knowledge and skills.

To independently manage and treat paediatric patients in the acute and community setting under the supervision of the Lead Paediatric Dietitian.

The paediatric team forms part of our close knit & supportive Dietetic Department that includes over 40 clinicians & associated staff, supporting the specialities of paediatrics, diabetes, intensive care, inpatients, acute rehabilitation, general outpatients & community nutrition support. The department is also supported by our Primary Care Network (PCN) dietitians & we are also excited to be welcoming our first Trainee Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Dietitians (Oncology & Integrated Discharge Team) and Dietetic Apprentices into the team in 2023.

Person Specification



  • 4 year degree in Dietetics or equivalent Current State Registration with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of continued professional development to Masters level or equivalent level of knowledge and experience


  • Postgraduate training in behavioural change techniques
  • Teaching certificate



  • Minimum of two years in general dietetic practice and 2 years in a specialist area
  • Undertaking new patient assessment and treatment
  • Conducting patient and other health professional group education
  • Training of student dietitians
  • Computer aided dietary assessment


  • Working in a community based setting
  • Working in the area of optimising nutrition prescribing



  • Knowledge of current issues and research relating to dietetics and Sound clinical knowledge based on current best practice
  • In depth knowledge of prescribable paediatric nutritional products, enteral feeds and other dietetic products, medications and drug nutrient interactions
  • Communicate information accurately, effectively and sensitively, both verbal and written
  • Relay sensitive and emotional information to patients
  • Teaching / supervisory skills on a one to one and group basis
  • Good time management to be able to organise and prioritise own clinical caseload and to cope with unpredictable workload patterns to achieve deadlines
  • Ability to travel independently between sites in an efficient and timely manner


  • Current NHS policies and initiatives
  • Analyse and interpret statistics
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association with evidence of relevant specialist interest British Dietetic Association group

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Conquest Hospital


TN37 7RD

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