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Principal Medical Secretary

Job Reference: 252-9805

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
252 Paediatrics Directorate Admin
£22,986 to £25,364 pa pro rata inc. allowances

We are seeking an experienced dynamic and forward thinking individual to join our multi professional team as a Medical Secretary within the Children’s Resource Centre for a FTC of 12 months maternity cover.


The Children’s Resource Centre houses the acute paediatric outpatient clinics and the child development team from the community.


The successful candidate will join an established team of eight medical secretaries on the Darent Valley hospital site who provide a secretarial service to 11 Consultant Paediatricians as well as 13 Specialist Visiting Consultant Paediatricians and other members of the team, caring for children and their families. In addition we have one medical secretary and one medical typist who works from the Queen Mary’s hospital site in Sidcup.


The successful candidate will need to have:

  • Substantial medical secretarial experience within an acute health care setting
  • The ability to be flexible and adaptable in working patterns
  • Experience of dealing with the public
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Excellent computer skills


We are committed to continuing your personal professional development within our supportive team environment. You will be supported in your role by the Paediatric Secretary Supervisor.


Hours of work are to be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.


For further information about this post please contact Lynn Brooks, Head of Nursing Children’s Services on bleep 548 or Anne-Marie Pateman/Alison Kinnaird, Medical Secretary Supervisor on 01322 428228.


Working days and or shift patterns will be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.


Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a smoke free organisation. To improve public health, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital site. For advice and support on stop smoking please call 0300 123 1220.

Please note, this post will close earlier than the given closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.


Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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