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Specialist Community Paediatric Dietitian

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced paediatric dietitian to join our expanding team of paediatric dietitians and assistants to deliver the dietetic service to the children and young people on our caseload. The service is provided in a variety of settings including community hospital clinics, special schools, child development centre and patients own homes. Your caseload will be varied and include allergy, autism, nutrition support and enteral feeding. As part of your role, you will have the opportunity to develop your clinical leadership skills you will provide supervision to the band 6 dietitians, dietetic assistant practitioners and dietetic assistants and undertake project work to help to develop the service. You will regularly be required to travel therefore, access to a car for work purposes is essential.

You will need excellent communication skills to establish and maintain close working relationships with all relevant healthcare professionals and associated organisations to ensure multidisciplinary care that is of a high standard.

In addition to this you will have the opportunity to plan and deliver training to other professionals from a variety of backgrounds e.g. health, education, and social services.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Community Paediatric Dietitian will be responsible for the integration and provision of a comprehensive and quality dietetic service for all infants and children across the paediatric range (0-19 years) within South Staffordshire and East Staffordshire area for Home Enteral Feeding, in accordance with the Service Specification.

The post holder will:

Be responsible for a caseload of children with complex feeding difficulties

Be responsible for a caseload of children on home enteral feeding, including those living in East Staffordshire.

Use expert knowledge and experience to educate and support patients and their carers regarding their dietary management at home.

Provide a dietetic service to children and their parents/carers attending out patients in a variety of settings, including: health centres, community hospitals, Special Schools and own home.

Provide specialist dietetic knowledge into multidisciplinary feeding clinics.

Provide supervision and support the band 6 dietitians, dietetic assistant practitioner and dietetic assistants.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Acts autonomously to organise and provide a service to paediatric patients with complex feeding requirements, including those receiving enteral feeding in the community setting This will involve:-

Demonstrating highly specialist knowledge in the area of Paediatric Dietetics, underpinned by current evidence based practice.
  • Gaining valid consent for treatment, ensuring this is within the legal framework for obtaining consent.

Assessing, treating and monitoring nutritional status and growth using dietetic assessment, anthropometry, interpretation of biochemical data, drug treatments and social circumstances.

Making highly specialist clinical decisions following assessment of complex cases by calculating and interpreting nutritional requirements and advising on the most appropriate and safe method of nutrition support.
  • Providing nutritional expertise as part of multidisciplinary feeding teams and working across the Care Groups of the Trust to ensure consistent and co-ordinated dietary therapy.
  • Assessing suitability of feed regimen (feed type and method of administration) and changing these as appropriate, allowing for preferences, convenience and social circumstances of patients/careers and their ability to understand and implement complex information and instructions.

Person Specification



  • oApproved Dietetic Degree
  • oRegistered with Health Professionals Council, working with the HCPC Code of Conduct
  • oEvidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Masters degree or equivalent



  • oEvidence of attending BDA Paediatric Course - modules 1 and 2 or relevant clinic experience.
  • oEvidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent postgraduate courses relevant to Paediatric Dietetics.



  • oExperience of managing a complex Dietetic caseload
  • oExperience of providing staff supervision
  • oExperience of Multidisciplinary working



  • oIn-depth knowledge and understanding in the field of paediatric dietetics, including that of enteral feeding, allergies, feeding difficulties and Autism.
  • oDemonstrate recent working experience of all aspects of enteral feeding, including the use of enteral feeding equipment, knowledge of different types of feeding tubes, types of feed available and their application.
  • oDemonstrate experience and knowledge in problem solving e.g. problems with feeding tubes, feeding pumps.
  • oDemonstrate experience and knowledge of resolving some of the more common patient related problems with enteral feeding e.g. gut motility, drug nutrient interactions.
  • oKnowledge of health and social care legislation and guidelines e.g. Department of Health documents, National clinical guidelines and application to Dietetic practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sir Robert Peel Hospital

Plantation Lane, Mile Oak


B78 3NG

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