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Clinical Dietetic Lead for Community Paediatrics

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum, pro rata (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

This is a new and exciting post that would suit anyone with an interest in leading the Berkshire wide community service in the field of paediatrics.

The focus would be around developing and improving pathways including resistant eaters. This will include the assistance of automation and digital technology and collaboration with other AHPs working with young people.

Main duties of the job

  • Under the guidance of the Nutrition & Dietetics Services Manager to contribute to the work of the Nutrition and Dietetic Department in the following capacity:
  • To lead in the specialised field of community paediatric dietetics across the Berkshire wide community team
  • To provide a high quality, evidence based specialist dietetic service for children, and their families/carers attending the community dietetic service across Berkshire (Excluding CYAA, Learning Disabilities, Berkshire Eating Disorder Services)
  • To undertake a lead role in planning, co-ordinating, delivering, developing and evaluating the dietetic service to children referred for community dietetic advice.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Experience in Paediatrics
  • To be innovative and be able to use technology
  • To be able to work flexibly

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Nutrition and Dietetic Degree in Dietetics or equivalent
  • Current State Registration


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Member of a relevant Specialist Interest Group
  • Evidence of postgraduate learning in paediatrics and or experience equivalent to that gained at masters level

Previous Experience


  • At least 4 years experience as a practising Dietitian, 2 of which should be in the field of paediatrics.
  • Experience in applying the dietetic process to include dietetic assessment, interpretation, individual care planning, motivation, monitoring and evaluation of highly specialised dietetic treatments.
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of groups e.g. patients, general public, colleagues etc.
  • Have planned, delivered and evaluated training sessions.
  • An involvement in the training of student dietitians
  • Experience of producing complex dietetic resources e.g. leaflets, diet sheets, posters etc.
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments
  • Input into developing departmental policies, procedures or care pathways.
  • Participation in dietetic audit/research/project work


  • Experience of managing children with resistant easting behaviour

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • IT Literate
  • Leadership and motivational skills
  • Knowledge of professional codes of conduct and professional guidelines
  • Knowledge of National and local guidance relevant to the speciality area and appreciation of how this impacts on dietetic
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive information, verbally and written to patients/carers and a range of healthcare and other professionals.
  • Skills in motivation and counselling.
  • Ability to make suggestions and self-adjust working practice on the basis of internal clinical audi
  • Ability to use reflection as a tool for professional development

Additional Requirements


  • Able to easily and efficiently travel to clinical sites, patient's homes and training venues across the county, to provide a dietetic service


  • Member of the relevant BDA specialist interest group.

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of CPD
  • Have completed or interested in: Facilitating Learning during Practice Placements (Clinical Supervisory Skills) course.


  • Have completed or interested in: Advanced Behaviour Change training

Continuous Professional Development


  • Demonstration that clinical skills are up to date

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Up-to-date relevant specialist dietetic knowledge
  • Awareness of potential hazards, particularly associated with lone working/challenging environments

Additional Requirements


  • Positive, confident approach to client care and work in general
  • Demonstration of empathy with clients.
  • General enthusiasm and commitment to dietetics.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and contribute accordingly.
  • Ability to use own initiative and to be self-motivate
  • Ability to manage time effectively and to prioritise work.
  • Willingness to seek advice when required.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Community Dietetics West



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