London (Greater)
£40,386 - £47,414 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
09 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2023
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The Paediatric Allergy Group at King’s College London and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is one of the biggest and most innovative research centres for children’s allergies in the world, headed by Professor Gideon Lack. The Paediatric Allergy Group hosts a portfolio of non-commercial and commercial studies with a focus in food allergy diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.  


The Dietitian will have responsibility for all dietary aspects of care of a designated case load of paediatric study participants and will carry out the dietetic care as laid out within the study schedule of events. Activities will include face-to-face clinical assessments and dietary advice; preparing oral food challenges; food diary assessments; telephone consultations and recording of clinical assessments in study source documents and case report forms. Through this role the Dietitian will have the opportunity to learn from the NHS Paediatric Allergy Dietitians in an out-patient setting at St Thomas’ Hospital, to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in paediatric allergy and enhance the dietetic care provided to study participants.  


The successful candidate will have a first degree in Dietetics or equivalent and be registered with the HCPC.  They should have some postgraduate dietetics experience and ideally knowledge of paediatric food allergies. 


This post will be offered on an 6 month fixed-term contract  

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent


Key responsibilities

  • Provide study participants’ parents and other team members with professional dietary advice on issues affecting the care of children taking part in the clinical trials  
  • Provide other Paediatric Allergy research team members with guidance and training regarding common paediatric dietary issues, including growth monitoring/anthropometry 
  • Develop and prepare appropriate child-friendly foods for oral challenges. 
  • Support study staff with carrying out oral food challenges for a range of allergy studies in children aged 0-18 years of age. 
  • Monitor and record allergenic food consumption using designated food frequency questionnaires. 
  • Complete dietary assessments using designated tools e.g. 3-7 day food diaries 
  • Record appropriate dietary information onto research source documents and case report forms. 
  • Monitor study participants’ dietary habits and provide face-to-face and telephonic dietary education.  
  • Enter and manage data using knowledge of Windows-based software, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Access. 
  • Analyse dietary intake using a standard computer programme (e.g. Dietplan). 
  • In co-operation with the research team develop and update dietary protocols, policies, and procedures for the clinical research unit and both current and future studies as required and ensure compliance with these. 
  •  In co-operation with the research team, gather, analyse, and write up dietary research data for study publications. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.      Degree in Nutrition/Dietetics or equivalent, supported with Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Evidence of CPD through portfolio maintenance. 

2.      Previous experience in a research post or involvement in a dietary intervention study. 

3.      Proficiency in using nutritional analysis software (e.g. Dietplan) 

4.      Member of the British Dietetic Association and evidence of post registration training in paediatrics and/or food allergy. 

5.      Previous dietetics experience. 

6.      Experience of confidently liaising with colleagues and other relevant departments/agencies and communicate with study participants and families in an empathetic and accessible manner. 

7.      Strong numerative skills, accurate with a keen eye for detail. 

8.      Experience of working independently, use own initiative and problem solve and manage difficult situations calmly and objectively. 

9.      Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias. 


Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification in their covering letter. 


Further information

The School of Life Course & Population Sciences is one of five Schools that make up the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s College London. The School unites over 400 experts in women and children’s health, nutritional sciences, population health and the molecular genetics of human disease. Our research links the causes of common health problems to life’s landmark stages, treating life, disease and healthcare as a continuum. We are interdisciplinary by nature and this innovative approach works: 91 per cent of our research submitted to the Subjects Allied to Medicine (Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health cluster) for REF was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. We use this expertise to teach the next generation of health professionals and research scientists. Based across King’s Denmark Hill, Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Waterloo campuses, our academic programme of teaching, research and clinical practice is embedded across five Departments. 


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