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Stroke Dietitian and Practice Development Lead

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Maidstone Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced dietitian with excellent clinical and team-working skills to join the dietetic team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust. This is your chance to shape practice develoment for our future workforce.

We have designed this new role to provide leadership for the Dietetic Stroke Team and to develop an education and preceptorship programme for students, apprentices, newly qualified staff and oversea recruits. If successful, you will work with the manager for Nutrition and Dietetics to provide a safe, effective, and evidence-based dietetic service to the general and acute stroke unit patients.

You will work as an integral member of the stroke multidisciplinary team assessing, advising, managing and rehabilitating patients with complex nutritional and social needs. Your team-working, leadership, supervision and communication skills will be invaluable, as well as your ability to work autonomously tomanage your caseload.

You will also work with other therapy and nursing practice development leads on developing a program of education and support for staff in the early years of work with the Trust.

Main duties of the job

  • This role will provide you with excellent professional and personal development opportunities. You will be required to lead on the development and implementation of patient-centred nutritional management pathways and other service improvement initiatives. You will also have the opportunity to be involved multidisciplinary team nutrition training, audit and the development of the wider MTW dietetic service.

We are a friendly, supportive and innovative department with a commitment to patient-centred care and best practice. If this sounds like an exciting step within your career, then we would love to read your application.

Please visit the video link below to provide you with an insightas to why you should come and join our fantastic therapy department at MTW!

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly?In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: To be confirmed,

Person Specification



  • BSc.(Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics or equivalent qualification
  • Current state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC


  • Relevant post graduate training in clinical dietetics
  • Member of a BDA Specialist Group and / or BAPEN
  • Recognised leadership or clinical supervisory skills qualification / training
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) or other body conferring professional insurance



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload to achieve deadlines
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Good presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Competent and accurate IT skills with ability to use Microsoft word, PowerPoint, data collection tools, and willingness to develop these skills
  • Competent to use specialist equipment for anthropometric assessment
  • Proven ability to function as part of a team.


  • Counselling skills or post graduate training in behaviour change techniques
  • Experience of using dietary analysis packages
  • Supervisory and / or mentorship skills



  • Experience of managing patients with nutritional support requirements including enteral nutrition in an acute setting.
  • Experience of managing enteral feed discharges
  • Experience working with groups of patients
  • Experience of supervising dietetic student placements
  • Experience of participating in service development initiatives.
  • Evidence of participating in clinical audit.
  • Experience of using clinical outcome measures
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Evidence of recent CPD in stroke care
  • Experience of teaching and training dietetic colleagues, other members of the MDT and external agencies.
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies relating to stroke care

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Hermitage Lane

Maidstone Hospital

ME16 9QQ

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