Home Enteral Nutrition Assistant - Children's Service

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Home Enteral Nutrition Assistant - Children's Service


Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust, City of Westminster

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Onsite working

Posted 6 days ago, 15 May | Get your application in now to be included in the first week's applications.

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 3a5cf8c31c2c400fb29382b00e3a5276

Full Job Description

If you are looking to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team, situated in a vibrant area of Southeast London that has excellent transport links, delivering a service to a diverse population with a high level of job satisfaction, then look no further.
We have an exciting opportunity to join our friendly community dietetics team, working as part of our Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Team that supports people of all ages with their eating, drinking and tube feeding at home.
The position will suit you if you enjoy working as part of a team, are keen to learn, have a strong interest in Nutrition and want to make a difference in people's lives.
You will need to be reliable and conscientious. You should have excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills. You also need to feel comfortable working independently and knowing when to seek support.
The role is based at the Waldron Health Centre in New Cross and Kaleidoscope Children's Centre in Catford. It involves travelling to see children in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham., You will work as part of the HEN team, carrying out tasks that do not need the expertise of a Registered Dietitian. The role will include:
+ Clinical and administrative support to the Children's HEN Service.
+ Contributing to the safe and seamless discharge of children with feeding tubes from hospital to the community setting.
+ Weighing and measuring babies, children and young people
+ Using dietary analysis tools to assess nutrient intake
+ Supporting the clinical team in research, audit and service development projects
As your skills and knowledge develop so will your role, responsibilities and level of autonomy.
The Nutrition and Dietetics Service at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust provide a range of inpatient, outpatient and community services to adults and children.
The HEN Team is a specialist service providing expert support for people of all ages to safely manage their eating and drinking and tube feeding at home in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. Our paediatric team comprises Dietitians, HEN Assistants and Administrators.
We work closely with the HEN Team for adults, the Dietetic Service for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and the wider multidisciplinary team, including Children's Community Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists and Paediatricians.

Working for our organisation
Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
1. Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
2. Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
3. Improving the experience of staff with disability
4. Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
5. Making equalities mainstream, 1. The provision of clinical and administrative support as appropriate to clinicians in the HEN Team.
2. Contributing to the safe and seamless discharge of children and adults with feeding tubes from hospital to the community setting.
3. The provision of on-going support to patients, their families/ carers and/or other agencies of patients registered with the HEN Team through tasks not requiring the expertise of a Registered Dietitian/Nurse/Speech and Language Therapist. This will include visiting patients in their home as a lone worker.
Key Result Areas & Performance
· To assist with initial assessments of new patients by telephone contact or a face-to-face visit and complete any associated documentation e.g. progress notes, change of regimens, letters and reports.
· To contact families/carers to feedback general information, e.g. weights following a School HEN clinic.
· To gather information from patients/caregivers to help the HEN Team clinician to complete their assessment or review, by telephone contact or face-to-face visits (own home, therapy groups, day centres, school/nursery, multi-disciplinary health care professional clinics). Information may include weights, compliance with tube feeding plans and oral nutritional advice, tolerance of nutritional products, management of feeding tube and/or patient concerns. This work will be undertaken autonomously, with a supervisor available when necessary.
· To support the Dietitian in close monitoring of dietetically unstable patients and/or patients who are experiencing significant dietetic change, e.g. tube weaning.
· After appropriate training, to be able to offer basic advice; this could include oral hygiene, introduction of solid food and/or day-to-day management of feeding tubes.
· To support the paediatric HEN service in the administrative processes for tube changes, investigations and replacements.
· To collect relevant patient-related information from other health professionals, e.g. by email/telephone contact with professionals, attending planning discharge and/or multi-professional meetings.
· To communicate effectively with a wide range of professionals including: School Nurses, Community Children's Nursing Team, Speech & Language Therapists, other members of the HEN team and acute Dietitians.
· To record any actions on electronic patient clinical records/notes and complete any associated administration.
· After training, to be able to plot weights and heights on UK growth charts. To raise any weight concerns to the relevant dietitian.
· To use dietary analysis programme to analyse nutritional intake
· To complete supportive administration duties including typing reports or letters, arranging appointments, creating or amending feeding regimens, under supervision from the HEN clinicians.
· To respond to general/basic enquiries from families and carers relating to their deliveries and supplies
· To report any concerns and queries about patients to the HEN Team clinicians and other health care professionals (if required) in a timely manner.
· To be familiar with and adhere to Trust procedures and guidelines about safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
· To actively participate in department meetings, development sessions and clinical supervision.
· To contribute to service development by taking part in audit or project work.
· To work autonomously and under own initiative but within boundaries of knowledge and skills
· To contribute to the evaluation and development of the post
Work force
· This post will be a member of the multidisciplinary HEN Team.
· Work will be delegated by the HEN Team clinicians or the Service Lead.
· The Clinical Lead Paediatric HEN Dietitian will directly supervise the role, set objectives with the post holder and meet for 1:1 meetings.
· To work co-operatively with others as part of the multidisciplinary team, assisting team members with any routine work associated with patient care.
+ For more details see Job Description
We reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date, please apply early. We do not contact applicants with the outcome of the shortlisting. If you have been shortlisted, you will receive an invite to an assessment day or interview.
As a local employer and anchor institution we work closely with our community to recruit locally and we welcome applications from the widest variety of people to ensure our workforce are reflective of the local communities which we serve. We encourage all suitable candidates to apply including if you are Black, Asian or other ethnic minorities, live with a disability (visible or not) or are LGBT+. We have a number of active staff networks including Disability, LGBT+, Multicultural Inclusion and Women's staff networks to bring staff together and celebrate diversity across our whole workforce.
Please note, not all roles will meet the criteria for a skilled worker visa.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, (LGT), is a community-focused provider of local and acute care, delivering high-quality services to over one million people living across the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, and Bexley. We provide whole-life care and are here to support our communities to live healthier lives as well as taking care of them when they need us the most.
Employing almost 7,500 colleagues, affectionately known as Team LGT, we provide services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, University Hospital Lewisham, and at over a dozen community settings in Lewisham. We also provide some services at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.
We have recently launched our new vision and values to mark the LGT10 - the tenth anniversary of our Trust forming in 2013. Our trust vision is to be exceptional. In the quality of our patient care; our support for colleagues; and in the difference we make through our partnerships and in our communities.
To achieve this we value Respect, Compassion, and Inclusion; Being accountable over staying comfortable; Listening over always knowing best; and Succeeding together over achieving alone. You can read more about our visions and values here
Our hospitals and community sites provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, as well as emergency and planned care. The Trust is rated as "good" or "outstanding" in over three-quarters of the services inspected by the Care Quality Commission.
Every year our work includes performing 10,000 procedures in our theatres; bringing seven and a half thousand new lives into the world; carrying out 570,000 visits to patients in their homes or communities and providing emergency care for more than 300,000 patients arriving in our busy Urgent and Emergency Departments.
LGT is a centre for the education and training of medical students enrolled with King's College London's GKT School of Medical Education. We are a training centre for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. We are pioneering new roles that will support the changing needs of our patients and are one of the largest employers of physician associates in the country.
We are committed to working with our partners to deliver the best outcomes for our local communities. This means playing an active role in the South East London Integrated Care System (ICS), and in formal partnerships including the South East London Acute Provider Collaborative, provider partnerships with our local mental health trusts and borough-based boards of the ICS in Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham.