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Rotational Acute Dietitian

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Band 6 Dietitian
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Tunbridge Wells
£32,306 - £39,027 Band 5 to 6 development role would be considered.
Salary period
10/12/2021 23:59

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 6 dietitian to join the rotation programme within the experienced acute dietetic team at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

We are seeking an enthusiastic dietitian with strong communication and team working skills to join the acute team at Tunbridge Wells Hospital . If successful, you will provide a dietetic service to adults within a wide range of specialities including acute medicine, emergency and elective surgery, gastroenterology, respiratory, stroke and outpatients.  You will work closely with the dietetic and the wider multi-disciplinary teams and you will be supported by the clinical lead dietitian. 

Main duties of the job

This role will provide you with excellent professional and personal development and opportunities to be involved with dietetic student placements, multidisciplinary team nutrition training and supervision of junior team members.

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.

Working for our organisation

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 500,000 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 over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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)

We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work with Stonewall to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognising and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc.(Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics or equivalent qualification
  • Current state registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Desirable criteria
  • Member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) or other body conferring professional insurance
  • Relevant post graduate training in clinical dietetics
  • Member of a BDA Specialist Group and / or BAPEN

Experience & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working as a band 5 dietitian and seeing a variety of adult inpatients and outpatients
  • Experience of managing patients requiring enteral nutrition
  • Experience of managing enteral feed discharges
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with groups of patients
  • Experience of teaching and training dietetic colleagues and other members of the MDT
  • Experience of contributing to service development initiatives and participating in clinical audit
  • Up-to-date clinical knowledge of the nutritional management of a wide variety of clinical conditions based on current best practice
  • Good knowledge of national policies and procedures relating to nutrition and dietetics
  • Good knowledge of the principles of clinical governance
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of training undergraduate dietetic students
  • Experience of manging patients with complex nutritional support requirements including enteral and parenteral nutrition
  • Experience of working with IBD patients, patients with disordered eating and IBS patients requiring the low FODMAP diet
  • Relevant post graduate training in clinical dietetics
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit


Essential criteria
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Good analytical and reflection skills, and commitment to engage in CPD and the appraisal process
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload to achieve deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Good presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Evidence of a high standard of record keeping
  • 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
  • Physical fitness and ability to work in a variety of settings relevant to the post, and to be able to travel around the geographical area in a timely manner
Desirable criteria
  • Counselling skills or post graduate training in behaviour change techniques
  • Experience of using dietary analysis packages
  • Supervisory and / or mentorship skills
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Helen Furminger
Job title
Acting dietetic Manager
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Telephone number
07713 355603