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Highly Specialist Paediatric Dietitian – Cardiac and PICU

Band 7

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Dietetic and Speech and Language Therapy
Band 7
Part time: 28 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata
Salary period
25/01/2021 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the paediatric dietetic team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for an experienced paediatric dietitian to work within our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Nutrition Support Team and regional Congenital Cardiac Service.

The successful candidate will have advanced clinical skills in paediatric dietetics. Effective leadership skills are essential as well as evidence of efficient caseload management, team working and communication skills. 


You will be working within Southampton Children’s Hospital (part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust).This is a centre of excellence for many specialties including: Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Neonatal, Oncology, Cystic Fibrosis, Ketogenic, Diabetes, Respiratory and Allergy. You will join our team of specialist Paediatric Dietitians, assisting with the provision of acute dietetic support to Southampton Children’s Hospital, working alongside Paediatric Specialist Consultants, Nurse Specialists and dietetic colleagues, to provide support to in-patients and multidisciplinary clinics for both local and regional services.  We are committed to research and the paediatric dietetic service is actively involved in clinical audit and research projects and there will be scope to develop this within the role.

We are a busy, hardworking team known for its friendliness, support and development opportunities. There are regular internal CPD sessions and the opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement.

The paediatric dietitians are part of the Department of Dietetics and Speech and Language Therapy which employs approximately 100 staff including Dietitians, Speech and Language Therapists, Nutrition Nurse Specialists, Assistants and Administration staff working across acute and community services and providing training for student dietitians on B and C placements.  We have clinical experts working across the range of specialities who take a proactive and imaginative approach to delivering a patient and family centred service. CPD opportunities are well supported through a robust appraisal process with staff encouraged through a supportive framework to submit work for publication or presentation. We are a forward thinking department, taking a proactive and imaginative approach to delivering excellent nutritional care.

UHS is a leading teaching hospital, hosting a wide range of specialist tertiary services and a nutrition biomedical research centre as well as Southampton Children’s Hospital which is a centre of excellence for many specialties.

As a large teaching hospital Southampton covers far reaching areas and deals with complex cases which offer the opportunity to learn more specialist nutritional interventions.

Our service operates Monday to Friday.


You will work at Southampton Children’s Hospital within our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and regional Congenital Cardiac Service, including leading the multi-disciplinary nutrition support team meeting to provide highly specialist nutrition care critically ill children as well as those within a ward environment. . You will also provide support to infants and children before and following cardiac surgery via  technology enabled care services including telephone and attend anywhere clinics, following evidence based nutrition pathways. As well as this, you will be responsible for regular service review and developments as well as supervising/ mentoring junior colleagues.


We are looking for a qualified dietitian, currently registered with the HCPC, with relevant clinical experience and evidence of strong clinical skills relating to nutrition support.

You will have experience of working within a fast paced acute MDT setting and must demonstrate the ability to develop rapport with patients’ families / carers and MDT members.

We need someone who is a strong team player, with excellent communication skills and the ability to manage a complex caseload, delivering on both clinical and non-clinical responsibilities in a timely manner.

You must be able to demonstrate your ability to work within an MDT as a specialist dietitian, and have the confidence to present and discuss your professional opinion with colleagues. Demonstration of initiative and ability to work both flexibly and independently is also required.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.                       

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 01 February 2021

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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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