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Community Paediatric Dietitian

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Community Paediatric Dietitian
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (1.00 WTE)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
The Northern Health Centre
£32,306 - £39,027 Per Annum Excl HCAs
Salary period
24/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

The dietitians in the Islington Additional Needs and Disability Service (IANDS) are experts in nutrition and diet therapy serving our diverse local community. We promote health through good nutrition on an individual, community and population level using up to date evidence based principles.

Supported by a Band 6 and 7 dietitian, this post will provide a comprehensive service to children in Islington including: paediatric clinics, children in special schools  and dietetic support for clients at home and school.  This includes children with complex needs, selective eaters, oral nutritional support and home enteral feeding clients. 

Are you a band 5 or band 6 dietitian with some experience working with enteral feeding and paediatrics? This post will give you the opportunity to widen your knowledge and experience in paediatrics to prepare you for a band 7 post in the future. Previous post holders have commented that they were attracted to this role by the extremely varied range of caseload, they gained broad experience and were supported by CPD. Post holders found some of the best aspects of the job were MDT and joint working and the ability to make the job their own. If you are interested in this job please do contact Maryanne with any questions. We would love to have you on the team.

Main duties of the job

This post holder will have a base at Holloway Community Health Centre and will work in other locations around the borough including special schools and clinics. 

The dietitian will hold a caseload and provide dietetic assessment, advice and monitoring for children who have complex health and /or developmental needs. They will provide specialist intervention to babies and children requiring home enteral tube feeding or oral nutritional supplements. 

Part of the role incudes being involved in the triaging of referrals and running general paediatric dietetic clinics supporting children and their families with cows milk protein allergy, faltering growth, fussy eating and extremely fussy eating, weight management and other nutritional concerns.

The post holder would be required to work closely with a variety of HCPs.

The post holder would be involved in student training.

There is potential for the post holder to continue to develop feeding therapy in the borough.

The post holder will be involved in the training and education of student dietitians other health care professionals and the general public.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Dietitians at this grade will have post registration experience and some post graduate training, experience and knowledge in paediatric dietetic practice to enable them to deliver high standards of clinical care working autonomously with supervision and support from the Clinical lead.

There is strong system of peer supervision within the team and the wider Whittington Health team. You will be supported to learn and develop your practice within the team and by accessing CPD.

You would be working in an environment where there is a strong ethos of delivering compassionate and excellent care. The team has a culture of co-operation, respect and support of colleagues which is reflected in the friendly atmosphere throughout the service.


Clinical responsibilities will include:


  1. To hold a case load and provide, dietetic assessment, advice and monitoring regarding children who have complex health and/ or neurodisability (cerebral palsy, syndromes, profound and multiple learning disabilities)
  2. To provide specialist intervention to patients requiring Home Enteral Tube Feeding or Oral Nutritional Supplements.
  3. To triage and run general paediatric dietetic clinics for 0-18year olds providing support for weight management, fussy eating and extremely fussy eating, faltering growth, CMPA, nutritional deficiencies and other nutritional concerns.
  4. To reflect on clinical practice, identifying strengths and needs and providing evidence of sound clinical judgement.
  1. To act professionally and adhere to national best practice guidance and BDA guidance at all times
  2. To maintain accurate and comprehensive records of dietary advice given to patients and record clinical decisions in accordance with BDA and Trust/ legal standards, and to communicate treatment outcomes with other professionals as appropriate.
  3. To be professionally and legally responsible/ accountable for the management of your own clinical caseload and to organise this effectively with regards to clinical priority.
  4. To calculate Body Mass index, protein/ energy intakes, vitamin and nutritional intake of children, in order to meet the nutritional demands and expected reference nutrient intakes.
  5. To carry out growth measurements on children through height and weight assessments, and ensuring correct equipment is used whilst carrying out growth assessments.
  6. To monitor and review the progress of children in caseload and facilitate the development of care plans as appropriate using evaluation and outcome measures.
  7. To work autonomously, carrying out full dietary assessments providing comprehensive treatment/ care plans, and giving specialist advice to patients, carers and clinicians.
  8. To develop skills, to be able to cover and monitor enteral fed children as required.
  9. To support the effective transition of children between children’s centres/ nurseries , between schools and post school provisions to adult services with regards to aspects of nutrition.
  10. To ensure the practice is adapted to meet individual/ client needs/circumstances; taking into account cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  11. To undertake home visits, as necessary, in compliance with the Trust Home Visiting Safety Policy.
  12. To produce reports to assist in the preparation of statutory assessments of Educational Needs and attend annual reviews.
  13. To be responsible for maintaining up to date knowledge of Child Protection procedures and attend professional or strategy meeting at the request of the Area Child Protection Team/Social services. To ensure mandatory child protection training is attended
  14. To understand and interpret the medical assessments and treatments i.e. medications, investigations, surgical treatments which may affect the nutritional management
  15. To produce reports to assist in the preparation of Statutory Assessments of Educational Needs and to attend annual reviews at the children centres and special Needs schools as appropriate.
  16. To carry out other duties as seen necessary.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 4year BSc degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or equivalent
  • State registration in dietetics (HPC)
  • Evidence of participating in continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Study to masters level or equivalent training and experience
  • Completion of BDA modules

Work experience

Essential criteria
  • Clinical experience working with paediatrics
  • Experience with Home Enteral Tube feeding
  • Multi disciplinary and multi agency working
  • Participated in audit/research/report writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Involvement in staff appraisal schemes
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical experience working in the community including with paediatrics
  • Experience working with children and families with complex needs
  • Experience in feeding therapy ie SOS
  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition education/training for the general public and professional colleagues
  • Supervision of student dietitians


Essential criteria
  • Working knowledge of government policies and local priorities for health
  • Proficiency in the use of information technology ie work, excel, powerpoint, Microsoft teams, nutritics dietary analysis
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance


Essential criteria
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Team worker
  • Good time management and planning ability
  • Problem solving approach
  • Ability to evaluate work and undertake research and audit projects
  • Flexible approach to service provision
  • Motivated accepts a challenge and shows intiative
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Maryanne Priestley
Job title
Community Paediatric Dietitian and Clinical Lead
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If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241