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Advanced Paediatric Dietician- Ketogenic Dietetics

Job Reference: 411-MEDICINE-2019-58819

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
411 Dieticians (911306)
£33,222 to £43,041 pa

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If you are ready to step up to the next level of your career in paediatric dietetics then this is an ideal post for you. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to use all of their dietetic skills to further develop our ketogenic diet (KD) service in association with the neurology team. You will also be working collaboratively to cross cover for the endocrinology service and play a key role in the overall provision of a quality paediatric dietetic service in this busy and highly rated children's hospital.

Currently 20 children and young people are receiving KD therapy in the Trust using all forms of KD treatment from tube feeding through to classical food based diets with the dietitian taking a lead role in the establishment and monitoring of dietetic treatment in this patient group.

Due to a range of circumstances the service has been closed to new referrals. This post is part of a multi faceted strategy to re-establish the service with additional dietetic funding at Band 6 level to support you and a business case in progress to further increase the patient cohort. All of this gives the successful candidate the opportunity to be at the forefront of this expanding and clinically important service. Cross cover for the KD service will be provided by the endocrinology dietitian who has a breadth of expertise in KD managment so will offer a high level of support to the successful candidate.

In addition to the clinical role you will also have the opportunity to mentor and supervise our rotational team of specialist dietitians, contribute to service development and assist the Head of Department with management activities.

To be considered for this post you must have a breadth and depth of experience in clinical paediatric dietetics. Specific KD experience is not essential but a theoretical knowledge of the evidence base for KD treatment and a broad understanding of this unique treatment will be assessed at interview. Formal post registration education in paediatric dietetics would be advantageous but not essential. The ability to communicate with children, young people and families as well as professionals at all levels of health and children's social care are essential.

The dietetic team is well respected across the Trust for our committment to clinical dietetics and nutrition support. We are a supportive team invested in the development of paediatric dietitians and the promotion of dietetics as part of the overal strategy of the Trust. We are one of a handful UK children's hospitals who host modules in the MSc Paediatric Dietetics programme and the successful applicant would have a role in teaching on the modules in addition to contributing to our pre-registration dietetic student programmes.

To discuss this post or arrange a visit please contact Ruth Watling, Head of Dietetics on 0151 252 5887 or email

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Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to creating a well managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We actively promote equality and diversity and operate a Zero Tolerance policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment and selection process and the Trust operates a No Smoking Policy.

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Applications are welcome from anyone eligible to work in the UK.

Black, Chinese and Disabled individuals are under-represented in our total workforce, and males are under-represented in our nursing workforce. We actively encourage applicants from these groups.

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