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Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian

Job Reference: 416-PC5455A

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.

The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital are working towards becoming a single new NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1st April 2020. This will bring many benefits for patients and opportunities for staff. Both hospitals will retain their identity with individual hospital names and key services will remain on both sites and be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. Travel between Hospital sites may be required.

What will I be doing in my new role?


 Enjoy working with children and families ?  Have/develop a high level of expertise in Diabetes ?

We are looking for a highly motivated and forward thinking dietitian to join our dynamic district wide team. You will be well supported by the experienced Paediatric Diabetes team , as well as colleagues in  Paediatric and Diabetes Dietetics. Some experience in general paediatrics and /or diabetes is an advantage.

You will provide the dietetic service to all children and young people, aged 0 – 25 years, covering Bedford hospital and the local community. There are other members of th Dietetic team who have previously covered this role and can support you.  The current case load of children and young adults with a diagnosis of diabetes is 130 children with diabetes up to 19 years old and 60 young adults (19-25 years old). 95% of these have Type 1 Diabetes and 5% have a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. This includes children and young adults with insulin pumps.

You will work as respected member of the highly supportive diabetes and paediatric teams and in particular close liaison with the paediatric diabetes nurses and paediatric psychologist.

As part of the young adult case load, there is an opportunity for delivery the DAFNE programme.

This is an ideal opportunity for a dietitian who is a good communicator, and who is keen to develop their knowledge of diabetes treatment. Further training in diabetes and paediatric dietetics will be provided


Quote from current post holder:

"This job has been a wonderful opportunity to develop my skills in diabetes management. The team have been very helpful and have supported me in my learning throughout. I have enjoyed building close working relationships with our team's doctors, psychologists and specialist nurses."




What about the department I will Join?


The Nutrition and Dietetic service consists of 16 full time and 9 part time dietitians, 5 dietetic assistants and a secretarial team

You will be supported by the Dietetic team lead for Diabetes with input from the Paediatric team lead. There will be an opportunity to continue your paediatric development, if you wish. We have an internal CPD group and will support relevant external courses. The department has good access to IT and you will be encouraged to regularly undertake audits to support the outcomes of your clinical work. An internal CPD programme is in place and you will be supported to attend external training to continue your development.

Although we have a very strong learning and development function, we appreciate you will need to have acquired some skills and experience from your career you will require in order for your time with us to be a real success. These can be found in the Person and Job Description attachment on NHS Jobs. However we have highlighted the key objectives below:


  • Assessing and treating children and young people with Diabetes

  • Working as part of a close MDT  team to achieve optimal  glycaemic control  and good quality of life, for your patients with types 1 and 2 diabetes

  • A need to work flexibly to meet parents/family out of working hours



If you’d like to find out more about joining the team, please contact Marielle Valette, Lead Diabetes Dietitian 01234 792 313, or Gill Shinkwin, Nutrition and Dietetic Manager on 01234 795965.

Find us on Twitter @BedfordRDs


Want to know more?


The hospital has grown significantly especially within the last 30 years. It now provides a wide range of services which include beds for Care of the Elderly, ENT, General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery and Urology, a modern Accident and Emergency Department.  The Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of 12 beds.


Bedford Hospital is situated in a beautiful part of the UK in the county of Bedfordshire. Bedford is a riverside town with easy access to central London . Bedford is one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented.


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Candidate Care

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).

Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Equality & Diversity and Inclusion

Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.

The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.


We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.

Probationary Period

For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is Four weeks.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

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

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