Children’s Community Dietitian (Band 6)

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Children's Community Dietitian (Band 6)

  • Post Date:8th February 2024
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  • Offered Salary £30,000 +
    Career Level Senior
    Experience 5 Years
Job Description

Children’s Community Dietitian

Job Reference – 349-LCO-6015335*

Salary – £35,392- £42,618 per annum

Full Time/Perm

Closing 20/02/2024 23:59

Job overview

Children & Young People’s Community Dietitian for Enteral Nutrition Support

You’re amazing!  Which is why we want you to join our amazing children’s community dietetic team.

We are passionate about the care we provide and collaborate with our families to deliver evidence-based nutritional enteral feeding care plans that prioritise the wellbeing of every child in our care.  We’re inviting you to come and meet us in person (or virtually, if that’s easier for you), the kettle’s on and we’d love to chat about our service, the difference you can make here and your career with us.

We’re looking for an experienced, committed, and enthusiastic individual to work in our small dietetic team.

You will have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and we will support you with training, to reach your potential and excel.  You will be supported by a lead community dietician and work alongside the community nursing team and we’ll provide you with the support you need to grow as a professional within this extremely rewarding role.

If you’d like to take up our invite and come and meet us in person or chat to us virtually, please contact:

Soraya Begum via email at, or;

Louise Lee via email at

Alternatively, hit ‘apply now’ and we’ll see you at interview

Main duties of the job

Working closely with a broad multidisciplinary team including paediatricians, children’s community nurses, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health visitors, social workers, you will be responsible for providing dietetic support to infants and children who have complex health conditions and/or learning disabilities and who require tube feeding.  With leadership from your dietitian team lead and support from a full-time dietetic assistant, you will provide specialist outpatient clinics, including within the 13 specialist schools across Manchester, attend feeding and swallowing clinics, MDT meetings, and carry out home visits.

With regular support from the Children’s Lead AHP, you will benefit from strong links with the hospital dietitians at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, as well as the support of a network of AHP colleagues across the city and children’s dietetics colleagues Trafford Local Care Organisation.   Professional development is valued and supported within our teams.  You will receive professional development, regular specialist multidisciplinary support and education and regular reviews and supervision.

We promote flexibility and are happy to support different working patterns, please speak to us about how we can support you to work flexibly. This post is based at Longsight Health Centre which benefits from free car parking facilities.

Working for our organisation

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trusts in England with a turnover of £2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We’re creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you’ll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We’ve also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We’re proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What’s more, we’re excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience you’ll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the ‘Supporting Documents’ heading. So that you’re even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, you’ll need to take time to read the ‘Candidate Essentials Guide’ that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification.  This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how ‘we care for you as you care for others’.  Most importantly, it also contains critical information you’ll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post.  As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you.  If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Person specification

Educational Qualifications

Essential criteria

  • BSc. or MSc. in Dietetics OR • BSc. in relevant science plus Post Graduate Diploma or MSc. in Dietetics
  • Registration via Healthcare Professions Council
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate training including attendance at specialist course

Desirable criteria

  • Registered member of the British Dietetic Association
  • Involvement in paediatric interest group
  • Paediatric dietetic CPD e.g. Masters/BDA module in paediatric Dietetics

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria

  • Recent post registration clinical dietetic experience
  • Up-to-date knowledge of treatment for paediatric dietetic conditions, in particular special needs
  • Understanding of difference approach to teaching children/carers
  • Specialist knowledge of dietetic assessment and treatment techniques
  • Evidence of Continual Professional Development in dietetics. Experience of and commitment to interdisciplinary team working
  • Evidence of contribution to clinical education and in-service training of less experienced staff/students and assistants.
  • Understanding of clinical effectiveness and its implications for services including experience of quality issues, audit and evidence based practice.
  • Experience of liaising and dealing with children.

Desirable criteria

  • Recent post registration acute paediatric clinical dietetic experience
  • Evidence of participation in research and audit
  • Attended a clinical educator’s course

Clinical Skills /Abilities

  • Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills especially with children.
  • Good Leadership/organisational/planning/prioritisation skills
  • Ability to motivate and negotiate to encourage reluctant and challenging patients
  • Ability to work as part of a team with a flexible attitude to cover for leave
  • Able to handle sensitive situations.
  • Well-developed concentration, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work autonomously with ability to seek guidance appropriately with individuals or in a group setting
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own practise.
  • Effective written communication skills e.g. clinical records, reports to other health care professionals and external agencies.
  • Empathetic and able to deliver unpleasant news.
  • Presentation and IT skills.