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Oncology Dietitian

Job Reference: 416-IM5239

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
416 Dietetics Inpatients

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”.

The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust. Under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. All key services will remain on both sites and will be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care

This post is for 9 months commencing in mid July 2019


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 communion

  • 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?

The department consists of a team of 15 full time and 9 part time dietitians, 4 dietetic assistants and a secretarial team

Youwill have close links with gastroenterology ,diabetes, community, critical careand paediatric dietetic teams. We have a prescribing (supplementary)dietitian and our specialist nurse for nutrition is located within the team.There is an experienced management team and band 7 colleagues tosupport you. There are some opportunities for study leave and we run an internal CPD programme.

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. The department trains student dietitians from the University of Hertfordshire, and this will be included in your role.

You will be supporting and managing the recently appointed specialist oncology dietitian. You will work strategically with the service manager to ensure these roles meet 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 work closely with the band 6 oncology dietitian ensuring patients of all cancer sites receive appropriate dietetic input 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 GPs. 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.

You will be based at Bedford Hospital and working across north and mid Bedfordshire. Car owner/ driver/able to drive across Bedfordshire is essential.

Want to know more?

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 by train. Bedford is one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented.

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.

The Nutrition and 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.

Check us out on Twitter : @BedfordRDs

For queries and informal visits prior to interview please contact :Arleen Rowell and Mica Williams, Oncology Dietitians on 01234 792171 or Gill Shinkwin, Nutrition and Dietetic Manager on 01234 79596

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 Four weeks.

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

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.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

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