Job summary

We are recruiting for a Team Lead Dietitian who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our is a great opportunity to join our friendly, passionate and caring team of Dietitians at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and to advance your dietetic career and gain experience in head and neck oncology as well as service development and improving your leadership skills.

You will lead on the development of the Head and Neck Dietetic Service and alongside the Highly Specialised Macmillan Head and Neck Dietitian, will support and supervise three Senior Band 6 Dietitians and a Band 4 Dietetic Assistant Practitioner. You will manage a caseload of complex head and neck cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy, including private patients.

You will also be an advocate of multi-professional working and will be actively involved in the education and training of other Healthcare Professionals, Dietitians and Student Dietitians.

This role will help to ensure the Dietetic Department continues to provide first-class nutritional care to cancer patients treated at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

Interview to be hold on the week commencing 15th May, the exact date to be confirmed later.

Our Values are Include, Respect and Improve. It is important that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

To plan, deliver and evaluate a high quality, efficient, patient centred Dietetic Service at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre for inpatients, outpatients and private patients, in conjunction with the Highly Specialised Macmillan Head and Neck Dietitian and AHP Head of Therapies.

To lead in providing expert knowledge, holistic, advanced, dietetic assessment and treatment of patients in the specialist field of head and neck cancer. They will manage their own patient caseload which will often consist of individuals that have complex needs, with the objective of optimising nutritional status, preserving physical strength and the relief of nutritional symptoms.

To provide clinical support andday-to-day operational managementto the Nutrition and Dietetics post holder will be responsible for developing the clinical skills and professional practice of the dietetic staff and for delivering high quality multi-disciplinary team education, within the specialist area of head and neck cancer. They should also offer advice and guidance to health professionals working within the trust, regionally and nationally.

To work collaboratively with other members of the AHP Therapy Team and take responsibility for all aspects of service delivery, with support from the AHP Head of Therapies.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide and our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible and innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:

  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation and our staff and patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. This means that any employee is entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns and we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made and considered formally, and will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Date posted

25 April 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata + HCAS

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

361-CAN-5171141

Job locations

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Rickmansworth Road

Northwood

HA62RN

Job description

Job responsibilities

ENHT is seeking to maintain and expand the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre staff as we move to an exciting new future.

We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be part of new and developing cancer service, building on the excellent reputation, research and patient experience the Cancer Centre already delivers.

In addition, you will receive a High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of your basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,108 and a maximum payment of £5,177per annum pro rata.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Job description

Job responsibilities

ENHT is seeking to maintain and expand the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre staff as we move to an exciting new future.

We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be part of new and developing cancer service, building on the excellent reputation, research and patient experience the Cancer Centre already delivers.

In addition, you will receive a High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of your basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,108 and a maximum payment of £5,177per annum pro rata.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Diploma or Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Member of BDA
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Member of BDA Specialist Oncology Group

Desirable

  • Evidence of post graduate education / qualification

Previous Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working at postgraduate level with adults with head and neck cancer – ideally within NHS setting
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and students
  • Experience of delivering training to other professionals, patients and/or carers
  • Experience of working with patients with a palliative diagnosis
  • Experience of service development, including planning, leading and implementing audits / projects

Desirable

  • Experience working with private patients
  • Experience in recruitment process and/or improving staff retention

Skills

Essential

  • Able to manage time effectively, to prioritise, and to support junior staff to manage their caseload
  • Excellent clinical, analytical and reasoning skills, including expert nutritional assessment, treatment and care planning
  • Competent in enteral feeding and the management of home enteral feeding
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to modify skills as needed
  • Able to work effectively within a team and also on own initiative
  • Able to teach and motivate others
  • Able to reflect on own practice and that of others in order to deliver the best possible care
  • Information Technology skills including: e-mail, Word, Excel & Power Point
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient records
  • Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate flexibility with rapidly changing circumstances

Knowledge

Essential

  • Specific clinical expertise having an in-depth understanding of the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the nutritional status of patients with head and neck cancer
  • Knowledge of relevant evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines, including ability to apply knowledge to clinical practice
  • Thorough knowledge of enteral/parenteral feeding systems

Other Requirements

Essential

  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Professional, approachable and able to sustain positive working relationships
  • Adaptable, resilient and motivated
  • Able to apply advanced communication skills, including active listening and facilitated problem solving
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around equality, diversity and inclusion issues in relation to policy, service development and service delivery in respect of both services to users and the management of staff
  • Role model our Trust values every day
Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Diploma or Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Member of BDA
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Member of BDA Specialist Oncology Group

Desirable

  • Evidence of post graduate education / qualification

Previous Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working at postgraduate level with adults with head and neck cancer – ideally within NHS setting
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and students
  • Experience of delivering training to other professionals, patients and/or carers
  • Experience of working with patients with a palliative diagnosis
  • Experience of service development, including planning, leading and implementing audits / projects

Desirable

  • Experience working with private patients
  • Experience in recruitment process and/or improving staff retention

Skills

Essential

  • Able to manage time effectively, to prioritise, and to support junior staff to manage their caseload
  • Excellent clinical, analytical and reasoning skills, including expert nutritional assessment, treatment and care planning
  • Competent in enteral feeding and the management of home enteral feeding
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to modify skills as needed
  • Able to work effectively within a team and also on own initiative
  • Able to teach and motivate others
  • Able to reflect on own practice and that of others in order to deliver the best possible care
  • Information Technology skills including: e-mail, Word, Excel & Power Point
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient records
  • Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate flexibility with rapidly changing circumstances

Knowledge

Essential

  • Specific clinical expertise having an in-depth understanding of the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the nutritional status of patients with head and neck cancer
  • Knowledge of relevant evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines, including ability to apply knowledge to clinical practice
  • Thorough knowledge of enteral/parenteral feeding systems

Other Requirements

Essential

  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Professional, approachable and able to sustain positive working relationships
  • Adaptable, resilient and motivated
  • Able to apply advanced communication skills, including active listening and facilitated problem solving
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around equality, diversity and inclusion issues in relation to policy, service development and service delivery in respect of both services to users and the management of staff
  • Role model our Trust values every day

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).