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Oncology Dietitian

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

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Band 7
Full Time
We are looking for a dietitian to join our oncology team - initially on a fixed term basis but with potential for a permanent role in the team.

You should be self-motivated, enthusiastic and dynamic with excellent team-working, communication and organisational skills. This role would be suitable for dietitians who have experience or who would like to gain experience in oncology.

It is anticipated that your clinical experience and knowledge will contribute to the delivery, development, evaluation and quality improvement of the oncology dietetic service. The applicant will be well supported by the Clinical Lead Dietitian & Professional Lead for Dietetics.

Band 6 development role will be considered.

Main duties of the job

You with work with the oncology MDT to provide advice and guidance to patients undergoing treatment with the Kent Oncology Centre.

Your team-working, supervision and communication skills will be invaluable, as well as your ability to work autonomously to assess and manage your caseload and your desire to lead on service improvement initiatives.

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)


  • Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) or other body conferring professional insurance
  • Post graduate level qualification in relevant clinical area of dietetics
  • Active member of a relevant BDA Specialist Group and / or BAPEN



  • Experience post qualification including with requiring advanced artificial nutrition support skills
  • Experience of managing patients with complex nutritional support requirements
  • Experience of managing complex enteral feed discharges
  • Evidence of recent CPD in dietetics
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with groups of patients
  • Evidence of involvement in audit
  • Experience of teaching and training dietetic colleagues and other members of the MDT


  • Research experience
  • Experience of working in UGI oncology, haematology services and palliative care
  • Experience of parenteral nutrition
  • Experience of supervising and appraising junior colleagues



  • Up to date knowledge of the complex effects of cancer and treatments on the nutritional status of oncology patients
  • In depth knowledge of enteral feeding systems
  • Understanding of current issues relating to cancer and UGI
  • In-depth knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the specialist patient group)
  • In-depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and experience of conducting clinical audit

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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