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Highly Specialist Community Paediatric Dietician for Complex Needs

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
Permanent Post
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (1.00 WTE)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
The Child Development Centre
£40,057 - £45,839 Pro rata Per Annum. Excl HCAs
Salary period
03/11/2021 23:59

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to work in delivering expert community dietetic care to children with complex needs in Haringey.   The post sits within a highly supportive and dynamic multidisciplinary team which delivers care to children from The Child Development Centre at St Ann's Hospital in Haringey.  Our teams also work in special schools and carry out domiciliary visits.  You will be supported by an 8A clinical lead dietician and your peers within the trust.  There are strong links with local hospitals and tertiary centres.  The trust also provides excellent opportunities and support to develop you clinical and leadership skills to enable you to deliver high quality and excellent care.

Main duties of the job

The post involves the delivery of high quality dietetic care to children and young people with complex needs.   The post will require you to have excellent assessment skills in order to holistically evaluate the dietetic needs of the child by taking into account their physical, social and emotional needs. You will require specialist knowledge and skills in the use of a range of dietetic interventions including home enteral tube feeding of children and young people. Excellent communication skills will be needed including the ability to communicate with colleagues and service users who may present with multiple barriers to communication.

An ability to evaluate your own practice and the effectiveness of the service will be essential.  You will be expected to identify and implement service improvements in order to ensure best practice and clinical effectiveness.

Working for our organisation

Working for your organisation (‘About Us’)
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 sufficient post-graduate training, experience and knowledge in paediatric dietetic practice to enable them to deliver high standards of clinical care working as an autonomous practitioner. 

You will 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. 

Person specification

Qualifications and registration

Essential criteria
  • Degree or post graduate qualification in Dietetics
  • Post graduate training in paediatric dietetics
  • Membership of the HPCP
  • BDA membership
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate qualification in paediatrics

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of paediatric dietetic assessment
  • Knowledge of paediatric interventions inc HETF
  • Experience of working in paediatrics as a dietician
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and child protection
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in the community inc. in special schools

Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and service users
  • Demonstrates the ability to manage conflict
  • Can utilise a range of tools to aid communication where there are barriers
Desirable criteria
  • Has a knowledge of alternative communication systems e.g. Makaton


Essential criteria
  • Is competentent in the use of electronic patient records
  • Can use E-mail, word and excel proficiently
  • Can produce reports and present data using relevant IT programmes
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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

Steph Hynes
Job title
Lead for Children's Physiotherapy
Email address
Telephone number
07776 472 197

If you have problems applying, contact

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