Specialist Paediatric Dietitian
We are looking for an enthusiastic Dietitian with previous experience in Paediatrics who is used to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
This post combines diabetes with general paediatrics and you will be jointly responsible for general paediatric clinics and the paediatric ward.
You must hold a current full UK driving licence.
If this role appeals to you, we would love to hear from you.
Main duties of the job
As a member of the Dietetics Team and working with the Paediatric Diabetes Team and Dietetic colleagues to provide a specialist dietetic service to children with Diabetes and their families as inpatients and outpatients.
To work when required with other specialist Paediatric Dietitians to provide a Dietetic Service to a range of paediatric patients and their families both as inpatients and outpatients.
To contribute to audit, development and writing of clinical policies in own area of work.
To provide clinical supervision and guidance to junior members of staff, Dietetic Assistants and student Dietitians.
Take an active part in the education and training of all levels of health care professionals and medical staff.
To be an expert adviser in Paediatric nutritional and dietetic care both
Specifically of children with Diabetes
Generally of a range of paediatric patients who may have complex conditions.
Working for our organisation
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Paediatric Diabetes team consists of medical staff, paediatric diabetes specialist nurse, dietitian and clinical psychology support. The service currently supports children and their families living in West Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.
The dietetic department is well established acute based with a clinical outreach service to GP clinics and home enteral tube fed patients. There are 14 (11.42WTE) qualified, 4 (3.77WTE) support and 3 (2.51WTE) admin staff.
The department is recognized for student training placements for student dietitians for the University of Hertfordshire and we are regularly involved in education training sessions for junior doctors and medical students as well as other health care professionals.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
To be professionally responsible and legally accountable for the management of own specialist clinical caseload and to organise this effectively with regard to clinical priority and effective use of time, working with and seeking guidance from the Head of Nutrition & Dietetics for complex cases when required.
To be the lead within the department on dietetic treatment of children with Diabetes, communicating with patients and carers to gain consent to treatment and to inform and agree expected treatment outcomes as set out in the Diabetes NSF and working with the Paediatric Diabetes Team to achieve the standards of the Best Practice Tariff.
To work as an autonomous practitioner, requesting diagnostic tests, undertaking dietetic assessments and calculation of nutritional requirements based on anthropometry. This takes into account clinical condition, the interpretation of biochemistry and providing evidence based treatment regimes, including prescribing nutritional support within local and professional guidelines.
To understand and interpret monitoring and treatment of patients, e.g. biochemistry, medication, fluid balance, and their effect on the dietetic management of the patient.
To work as an effective member of the dietetic team and of the Paediatric Diabetes multi-disciplinary team: attending all relevant ward rounds, case conferences and multi-disciplinary team meetings and training.
To provide highly complex individual counselling to children, their carers and family. This entails communication skills of persuasion, motivation, negotiation, explanation and behavioural therapy skills to optimise nutritional outcomes on occasions. This will include terminally ill patients and patients with cognitive problems.
To communicate complex information effectively with all patients, referral agents, other healthcare Professionals and dietetic staff, to ensure the specific needs of patients and their families/carers are met.
- BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics or postgraduate diploma/Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Current HCPC registration as a dietitian
- Member of BDA
- Completion of postgraduate BDA paediatric modules
- Experience of working in paediatric dietetics
- Involvement in the training of student dietitians
- Experience of working in paediatric diabetes dietetics
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Exemplary clinical skills
- Excellent communication (written and verbal), negotiation and persuasive skills
- Well motivated with a positive attitude to developing the service
- Able to handle sensitive situations
- Well-developed problem solving skills
- Training/talks/group work skills
- Flexibility in handling work pressures
- Strong commitment to personal development
- • Good IT skills (nutritional analysis, word processing, e-mail, inter and intranet searches)
- Evidence of CPD
- Possess up to date knowledge of dietetic management of Diabetes in children
- Audit and research principles
- Evidence based principles
- Involvement/supervision of junior dietetic staff
- Knowledge of insulin pumps and their use in children with Diabetes.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Hannah Lodge
- Job title
- Head of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 01553 613507