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Oncology Dietitian - Advanced

Job Description

Would you like to work for a Trust in which you can make a real difference? Would you like to be recognised for your effort and hard work?

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”:

Bedford has a great community spirit and working environment, and can provide a great platform for you to continue to grow as a professional. We are also very passionate about furthering your potential by creating different learning & career pathways for you to grow. The dietetic department is a district wide service and you will be providing a service to patients across the community, as well as in the hospital.

We are looking for a highly motivated and forward thinking dietitian, who is a good team player and has excellent communication skills

This is an ideal opportunity for a dietitian with specialist skills in oncology and or a range of general fields, who is keen to further develop their skills.

What will I be doing in my new role?

Take the lead for the dietetic care of cancer patients across North and Mid Bedfordshire, which includes following their care into the community

  • Work closely with the supportive oncology MDTs working mainly in Macmillan Chemotherapy Unit

  • Initiate and support patients requiring nutritional support, especially enteral feeding, liaising with tertiary centres and MDT members locally. You will carry a caseload of approximately 30 home enterally fed patients.

What about the department I will Join?

You will be part of a wider team of 20 WTE dietitians including specialists in, paediatrics, gastroenterology, diabetes, community clinical and nutritional support.

The team is supported by a specialist nutrition nurse, 3 dietetic assistants and an admin team.

The department has good access to IT and you are encouraged to audit practice. An internal CPD programme is in place and there will be an opportunity to attend external training. This post was initially funded by Macmillan and so you will have access to the training and development offered by this organisation

There is likely to be opportunity to develop supervisory skills. You will work strategically with the service manager to ensure this role meets the current demands of the NHS.

Clinically, you will work closely with the supportive Oncology, ENT and Gastroenterology specialists to provide a service to the Upper GI and Head and Neck MDT teams attending regular MDT meetings and joint clinics. You will see patients of all cancer sites in various settings including the outpatient chemotherapy unit, Oncologist/Gastroenterology clinics and in the community. You will liaise closely with dietetic colleagues at tertiary centres, where surgery and radiotherapy for patients will take place. You will also be required to see patients referred by the Palliative Care Service in liaison with Community Macmillan nurses and GP’s. You will also provide a community service to patients who are home enterally fed during or as a consequence of their cancer treatment liaising with community teams and the Nutrition Nurse Specialist at Bedford Hospital as required. Training health professionals and supporting dietetic colleagues is key to delivering this diverse service.

Best of both worlds!

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 London – just 35 mins by train.

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 includes a 6-bedded observation ward. The Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of 12 beds.

Should you have some of the required skills, but lack sufficient experience for a band 7 team lead post, applicants who may be interested in a band 6 oncology post should contact the dietetic manager for further discussion.

Gill Shinkwin, Nutrition and Dietetic Manager on  ( Phone number removed )  or 79217 or Hannah Weir, Oncology Dietitian on  ( Phone number removed ) (Wed – Fri)

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 one week.

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 (formerly a Work Permit)

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.

UK Registration

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