Highly Specialist Paediatric Dietitian


Posted: 2 years ago

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

£40,057 - £45,839 pa pr


We recently went into partnership with Bournemouth University and, with the merger of Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, became University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust this is a really exciting time to join us!

Our ambitious multi-million pound plans to develop our sites are well underway, including developing RBH as the major acute and emergency hospital in East Dorset, PH as the major planned care hospital, and ambitious plans for Christchurch to support on-going patient treatment.

Joining UHD gives you the opportunity to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer. Bournemouth is a vibrant university town , and Poole has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant.

With both the New Forest and Isle of Purbeck on our doorstep, over 7 miles of stunning sandy beaches and coastal paths, we are located within an area of amazing beauty providing a great place for you to achieve your rewarding work life balance.

We are looking for an motivated, innovative and experienced paediatric dietitian to join our team based at University Hospitals Dorset (currently at Poole Hospital site). You may be currently working as band 6 with experience in paediatrics or as a band 7.

The established and well respected paediatric dietetics team of 4 (3.2WTE) offer support to two busy children’s wards and outpatient services. We are a Level 2 centre for Neonatal Intensive Care where this post holder is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced paediatric dietitian to join our team to cover NICU and in conjunction with the rest of the team the general in and outpatient service.

The paediatric dietetic team has specialist posts in gastro, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis and the general ward and out patient work is shared. The dietitians work closely with all members of the paediatric MDT, including community based services such as health visitors and speech and language therapists.

The department in Poole Hospital has 15 dietitians across adult and paediatrics and offers training to A, B and C students on placement. As a senior dietitian within the department, the role will also involve providing support and mentorship to band 5 and 6 dietitians. The dietetic team at Poole also works closely across the wider UHD Trust including the dietitians at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. A clinical services review for Dorset will involve the relocation of services including the paediatric service moving to a brand new, purpose built women’s and children’s unit on the Bournemouth site. Expected completion date is 2024.

This post offers excellent opportunities for professional and personal development. The department is committed to CPD and we offer a wide range of in-house specialist training. You will be involved in regular professional update meetings with a CPD aspect e.g. journal club and our twice yearly Dorset Dietitians Education sessions - a Dorset wide education and networking dietetic opportunity. In addition, the dietetic team is closely integrated with the Speech and Language Therapy Service, and part of Therapy Services, regularly engaging in joint working and shared learning with AHP colleagues.

Flexibility, and good communication, organisation and prioritisation skills are essential to this role. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent team working skills and motivation. This post is advertised as full time, however applications are welcome from suitable candidates looking for part time or flexible hours also.

Please note: if this job requires you to have a DBS check to enable you to properly fulfil the requirements of the job, on appointment you will be required to repay the cost of obtaining a DBS check and this amount will be reclaimed from your salary.

Closing date: 18/04/2022

Provisional interview date week commencing: tbc

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sarah Currell/Kirsty Horsley (Children's Dietitians)

sarah.currell@uhd.nhs.uk / 0300 019 2840

We believe that having a diverse workforce, and allowing people to be themselves, is essential in ensuring we offer an inclusive, welcoming and productive place to work.

We especially welcome applications from minority groups in the community who may be underrepresented in our workforce.

At UHD our active staff network groups are Black Asian Minority Ethnic Group (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network Group (LGBTQ+), European (EU), Pro Ability Staff Network, and the Armed Forces Support Group.

As a Trust we are proudly signed up to the Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interview schemes.

Please note:

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment at this time, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated.

Staff recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across all our Trust locations when service demands require it.

This advert may be closed early if sufficient applications are received.

Internal Candidates: staff employed prior to merger who voluntarily change jobs will be appointed to UHD terms and conditions.



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Job Reference

Reference: 153-ATR12391-B

Closing Date: 2022-04-18

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