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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/08/2021.

Children's Community Dietitian

Job Reference: 349-LCO-3334706

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Community Paediatric Dietetics
Longsight Health Centre, Longsight
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum, pro rata

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 25,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 paediatric dietitian to join our small, friendly, and dynamic community team.

Our mission statement is “collaborating with families to deliver evidence-based nutritional care plans that prioritise the wellbeing of every child in our care”. Based within the special needs school and community nursing team, we are responsible for providing dietetic support to infants and children who have complex health conditions and/or learning disabilities and who require tube feeding.

We work closely with a broad multidisciplinary team including paediatricians, children’s community nurses, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health visitors, social workers and we have good links with the hospital dietitians at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the surrounding community teams. We are supported by a full-time dietetic assistant.

We are looking for an enthusiastic dietitian who will develop and use their knowledge and experience to educate and support children, young people and their caregivers with enteral feeding and dietary management at home. The role includes responsibility for providing specialist outpatient clinics within the 12 specialist schools across Manchester, attending feeding and swallowing clinics, attending MDT meetings, and carrying out home visits. The postholder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of their caseload and will contribute to and lead on pieces of service development, audit, teaching, policy writing and supervision of junior team members and students. We actively encourage opportunities for continuing professional development.

This post would ideally suit a dietitian with post-registration experience (preferably including paediatrics) who enjoys working autonomously as well as within a team, and who is looking for an opportunity to be a valued member of a forward-thinking and supportive dietetic service.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameCaroline CalderwoodJob titleTeam Lead for Children's Community Enteral Feeding DietitiansEmail addresscaroline.calderwood@mft.nhs.ukTelephone number07971950456Additional contact information

Soraya Begum

Head of Service

Community Children's Nusing Team


We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £26.85(standard disclosure) or £43.85(enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT would like to develop a committed, flexible workforce that is able to adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. We aim to support employees who wish to work flexibly, to allow them to maintain a healthy work life balance and fair consideration will be given to any flexible working requests.

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 race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

We welcome applicants from the Armed Forces Community.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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