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Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Join Our Dynamic Paediatric Dietitian Team in Beautiful East Sussex!

Welcome to East Sussex, a region that boasts a stunning coastline, beautiful beaches, and the breathtaking South Downs National Park. With proximity to the vibrant city of Brighton and excellent rail links to London, East Sussex offers an ideal blend of professional opportunities and lifestyle benefits. Come and join our friendly, sociable, and experienced dietetic team!

We are inviting applications from motivated HCPC registered dietitians eager to advance their clinical, professional, and leadership skills. Whether you come from the NHS or private sector, if you are an excellent communicator, organised, confident, and capable of working both independently and as part of a team, we want to hear from you!

Are You Ready for a New & Exciting Role?

We are seeking an enthusiastic team player to join our Paediatric Dietetic Team at East Sussex Healthcare Trust. This is a groundbreaking and innovative position, working within paediatrics across both primary and secondary care in East Sussex. We offer relocation assistance and support with initial accommodation, as well as pastoral care to ensure your smooth transition into living in East Sussex and working for ESHT.

Why Join Us?

Innovative Environment: Our department is vibrant and thriving, continually engaging with new research and technology. We host globally renowned guest speakers for training and use a paperless patient records system.

Main duties of the job

Upon your successful appointment, you will:

Manage a clinical caseload in various settings, including the paediatric ward, special care baby unit, and outpatient clinics.

Play a key role in developing new resources and improving the paediatric dietetics service.

Attend meetings and training sessions across East Sussex.

Support a varied paediatric caseload across a range of clinical conditions.

Receive full support for professional skill development and areas of special clinical interest, including regular supervision and competency training.

Professional Development: Enjoy regular supervision, competency training, and access to postgraduate university funding for individual masters modules, ensuring your ongoing professional growth.

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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