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Lead Specialist Dietitian (Band 7)

Job Reference: 317-2019-29-027

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Nutrition - Hospital Paediatrics
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£37,570 - £43,772 pro rata per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

A unique opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Lead Specialist Dietitian post which will be evenly split between two specialist services, the Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD) and the Ketogenic Diet Service (part time options considered).

The metabolic post will continue to develop the service in line with national and international guidelines. You will be working alongside the current Band 7 Metabolic Dietitian, Band 6 Dietitian, a Dietetic Support Worker and have clerical support. The successful candidate will work with a progressive, supportive team of specialist consultants and metabolic clinicians. We see a diverse range of metabolic conditions and the post holder will have the opportunity to manage these patients in the paediatric and adult services.

The Paediatric Ketogenic Diet Service post will work with an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team including a Paediatric Neurologist, Nurse Specialists and Psychologist. A structured pathway of care, assessment, education and monitoring is provided to children with epilepsy and their parents/carers. This post sits within the Dietetic Department based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. The services are delivered predominately to outpatients with some inpatient contact. Both specialties require some home/school visits and the IMD service provides a regional service with outreach clinics in Teesside and North Cumbria.

We are looking for a dynamic individual with either previous metabolic and/or ketogenic experience or substantial dietetic experience who wants to develop a high level of expertise in this specialist and rewarding field. You will need to demonstrate insight into the challenges of managing emergency treatment and engaging patients with chronic conditions. You require excellent leadership and communication skills and will lead on audit, policy development and training together with development of the Band 6 Dietitian and Dietetic Support Worker. CPD is encouraged and training will be provided in service and through national courses and conferences.

You will be joining a friendly and innovative team of dietitians who work in a wide range of tertiary specialties including Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Oncology, Renal Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Gastroenterology.

Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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