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Paediatric Dietitian (Development Role)

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £42,618 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the West Suffolk Dietetic service. The department consists of 43 Dietitians, Nurses, Support staff and administrators providing an integrated service to West Suffolk Hospital and the wider community. The West Suffolk Dietetic service is forward thinking, innovative and friendly department. We fully support and encourage self-development within our service.

We are seeking a Band 5-6 Paediatric Dietitian to join our dynamic paediatric team consisting of different specialities and general dietetics. We are willing to provide training to the right candidate who may not have specific experience or may be waiting for registration after completing a recognised Dietetic course. There will be opportunities to develop your skills in all areas of dietetics.

Main duties of the job

The role will entail managing 2-3 clinicsa week, attending MDT meetings, visiting patients at home and in specialist schools. We are in the process of developing the community service, so this will be an exciting time to join the team and influence future provision. The postholder will be fully supported by the Paediatric Community Lead dietitian.

There will be potential to work from home 1 day a week if required and also an opportunity to gain experience in the acute setting.

Please see job description and personal specification for further details.

If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Chloe Dolden (Paediatric Team Lead Dietitian) on 01284 713609

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description for further information

Job responsibilities:
Communication and Team Working
Use appropriate and advanced forms of verbal, written and other communication skills in adapting and communicating complex, sensitive information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to colleagues, clients, relatives and carers who may have complex emotional, physical and psychological problems.

Communicate and contribute effectively to the multidisciplinary team, both internally and externally, to integrate the dietetic service and ensure a co-ordinated, collaborative and holistic approach to patient care.

Maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely written records in accordance with professional guidelines and departmental standards.

Liaise with General Practitioners, neighbouring trusts, and other relevant health care providers to obtain clinical updates, safeguarding information and nutritional care plans which may include the supply of ACBS approved oral nutritional supplements and/or enteral feeds.

Provide cover, as necessary, for colleagues during times of absence.

Network to establish and maintain beneficial links to support the role e.g. professional forums, company representatives.

Attendance at MDT case meetings, child safeguarding, serious case review and Paediatric case conferences as required with support of senior dietetic colleagues.

Manage appropriately, distressing and difficult situations involving treatment of complex patient groups such as terminally ill and very unwell children, children with chronic disease states and children with mental health problems.

Manage complaints or conflicts arising from own caseload, seeking resolution with patients, families or external organisations involved and escalating to more senior Dietetic staff where appropriate.

Communicate highly complex information in an understandable form to patients, their parents/guardians who may have barriers to communication and understanding.

Planning and Organising

Employ good time management skills to manage an autonomous clinical caseload, responding to fluctuating workloads to maximise service provision, this includes delegating tasks and supervising this work, either directly or indirectly with dietetic assistants, apprentices and dietetic therapy practitioners.
Managing People and Resources
Provide support to more junior staff working within the wider paediatric team. This will include assisting with clinical queries and supervision.

Complete annual appraisal of designated Band 4 staff, authorise annual leave in conjunction with the Dietetic Paediatric team lead, record sickness and complete return to work interviews for designated staff in line with the department policy.

Participate and facilitate in the development and review of current or development of new, departmental resources, specific to Paediatric SEND and general Paediatrics in the line with Trust guidance

Person Specification

Education & Qualification


  • oDegree in Dietetics or equivalent
  • oCurrent HCPC registration


  • oMembership of BDA
  • oMember of BDA Paediatric specialist group or other related specialist group

Experience & Knowledge


  • oClinical experience of managing paediatric patients in a clinic setting
  • oKnowledge of evidence-based practice in enteral feeding
  • oPrevious experience of working in an NHS organisation
  • oKnowledge of clinical governance and risk issues


  • oClinical experience in the management of paediatric enteral tube feeding and nutrition support
  • oExperience of managing Safeguarding concerns in the community
  • oExperience of supervising students

Skills & Abilities


  • oAbility to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • oExcellent communication and presentation skills
  • oCompetent IT skills
  • oExcellent organisational and time management skills
  • oMust have the ability to undertake various duties off site
  • oAbility to understand the financial aspects of enteral feeding


  • oSkills in managing staff junior members of staff
  • oFacilitate writing policies in line with national and local guidance

Personal Qualities


  • oAble to motivate and guide others
  • oAbility to influence and engage others
  • oFlexibility approach and empathy
  • oCommitted to personal and team development
  • oYou will need to travel, so you must either hold a full, current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.
  • oAble to meet the physical demands of the role i.e. carrying 5kg of equipment and attending clinics

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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