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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/10/2021.

Specialist Children’s Diabetes Dietitian

Job Reference: 439-C&G-633

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 pa

We are actively recruiting to vacancies across the Trust. We would like to encourage applicants to apply via NHS Jobs and to inform candidates that interviews will be taking place remotely via video / Microsoft Teams.

We are extremely grateful to all new applicants and our current staff who have made enquiries and referrals to our bank and recruitment team. Thank you for supporting the NHS, your Trust and community during this challenging time.

We are offering a rewarding position for a Band 5/6 dietitian to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of children and young people in our area with diabetes.  Come and join our friendly Children’s Diabetes Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) if you are keen to develop your skills in this field. Nutritional management is one of the cornerstones of diabetes care and education, and dietitians play a vital part.  Diabetes management requires intensive daily therapy and children and families need the support of a multidisciplinary team to facilitate healthy growth and development and integrate diabetes care into their everyday life. Diabetes is a vast area of science with constantly emerging new evidence and technologies and so opportunities for ongoing CPD are important. 


The dietitians work very closely with our colleagues in the Children’s Diabetes MDT.  The team comprises of three Dietitians (including this post), six Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Clinical Psychologist, Healthcare Assistants, Admin and four Consultants.  Further information is available via their website : Paediatric Diabetes Website.


New graduates are very welcome to apply and take up this position as a training and development role, with responsibilities adjusted accordingly.  Please note that the appointment will be made at Band 5 Annexe 21 (NHS Agenda for Change) or Band 6 dependent on qualifications and experience.  If you are appointed at a Band 5 grade, then under Annexe 21 conditions, once you have successfully completed our 11 month competency based training programme (based on the BDA Paediatric Diabetes Framework) you will progress to a permanent Band 6 grade.  (The contract ends if an applicant does not successfully complete the required learning objectives within this time frame under the Annexe 21 scheme).


County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success. We provide dietetic services in a range of settings including all Trust acute, sub-acute and community hospital sites, GP surgeries, nursing and residential care homes, patient’s own homes and specialist schools.


The Children’s Diabetes Dietitians are part of the Nutrition and Dietetic Service.  The service is structured into teams: secondary care (incorporating nutrition support); bariatrics; primary care (incorporating care home training); adult & paediatric diabetes; adult Home Enteral Feeding; and paediatrics (incorporating Home Enteral Feeding and paediatric weight management).  We have eight band 5 dietitians, thirty-two band 6 dietitians and nine band 7 dietitians and are an integrated service with specialist enteral nutrition nursing.  We are supported by dietetic assistants and central administration.  As a service we are based on four sites: at Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital North Durham, Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.


The department trains dietetic students (A, B and C placement) and the post-holder will have an active role in student training planning, co-ordination and assessment.


The post holder will be required to travel between hospital sites within the Trust and the community (County Durham and Darlington). 


Please note this position requires a Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS).


If you are interested or have any queries please contact : Carol Polson, Advanced Specialist Children’s Diabetes Dietitian   07464494295

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