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Specialist Paediatric Dietitian

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa incl HCAS (outer)
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Paediatric Dietitian Band 6

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be a part of the Dietetics service at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust for Specialist Paediatric Dietitian. The CHS Dietetics provides service for acute, community, paediatrics and LD services. We friendly, forward thinking team of 14 dietitians and 2 dietetic assistants and admin support, committed to providing high quality effective care. This post offers the ideal opportunity to be an integral part of a small team of paediatric dietitians. The post is based at Corydon University hospital.

Personal qualities we value are, are initiative, flexibility, experience of embracing and working through change.We have a strong student training programme, and the paediatric dietitians provide much needed placement experience to our student dietitians. As a band 6 Dietitian you will undertake audits, contribute to service help with improving & reviewing/developing nutrition and dietetic policies for paediatrics and as identified relevant to your role by the clinical and operational lead for dietetics.

Dietetics has a a strong focus on staff wellbeing and professional development. We have CPD and supervision to support needs of staff who are embarking on a higher band. So if you are an experienced band 5, looking to grow into a band 6 paediatric dietitian, or a band 6 looking for a new challenge and support of a small and friendly team, please apply.
Interview date: TBC

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high quality specialist dietetic service to paediatric inpatients and for out-patients referred by the GP, consultant or agreed Health Professionals (as defined by the current departmental referral access criteria).
  • To undertake research, audit and service development.
  • To provide education and training to nurses, GPs, student nurses, dietetic students and other healthcare professionals
  • Be proactive and recognise need to service development
  • The above require the post holder to liaise, support and inform the work of the multidisciplinary team on the ward, GPs, health visitors, school nurses, special interest groups of the British Dietetic Association (Paediatric Group), home enteral feeding services and Allied Health Professionals.

About us

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 4,100 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our main hospital site, Croydon University Hospital is one of the busiest in London. We're also leading the way in providing more healthcare outside hospitals at clinics, specialist centres and in people's homes. Our experienced district nursing teams, Allied Health Professionals and community matrons look after people of all ages across Croydon and our Children's Hospital at Home cares for children with long-term conditions without them having to come to hospital.

Across the NHS everyone is working hard to meet growing demand and we're no exception. But with the right people on board, we are rising to this challenge, putting our people in the driving seat, encouraging innovation and transforming our services to give local people the quality of care they deserve. Croydon Health Services puts a great deal of importance on education and training throughout the careers of all of our staff. As well as offering access to a range of core skills training and professional development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description, main responsibilities and person specification, can be found in the attached document.

Person Specification

Education Qualifications and Training


  • BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent qualification or Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics
  • Current HCPC registration


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Obesity Specialist Group
  • Post reg BDA specialist interest group validated course in paediatric dietetics

Knowledge and Experience


  • Strong interest and commitment to work within paediatrics and transferrable skills /shadowing experience if moving into paediatric dietetics
  • Inpatient and outpatient experience
  • Evidence of self-directed learning and willingness to participate in CPD
  • Postgraduate experience working in NHS acute/ Community services
  • Experience delivering training at various levels
  • Dietetic student training/student assessment experience/training programme development
  • Experience of audit and measurement of dietetic outcomes
  • Experience of working with patients from a wide variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  • Previous experience of delivering group and 1-1 education


  • Experience of working with children as a dietitian
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of telephone and virtual and face to face consultations
  • Experience using EMIS & CERNER system

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with people from a variety of backgrounds e.g., via advocacy/interpreters
  • Ability to provide specialised advice concerning the care of patients
  • Ability to work through distractions
  • Ability to take own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and meet deadlines
  • Teaching/presentation skills/ group facilitation skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Time management



  • Able to move supplies when needed and to bend, reach and sit for prolonged periods
  • Able to perform admin duties effectively with minimal supervision
  • Confident
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to maintain effective working relationships with relevant colleagues
  • Flexible, adaptable and creative

Employer details

Employer name

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust


Croydon University Hospital,

530 London Road, Thornton Heath



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