Job reference: 178562
Salary: Band 6 (£37,831 - £46,100)
Job closing date: 26/02/2024
Job Type: Allied Health Professions
Location: Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Job posted date: 12/02/2024
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Forth Valley
Department: Nutrition and Dietetics

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Secondment/Fixed term for 1 year due to funding

*Secondment Opportunity – Existing permanent employees must first discuss this opportunity with their substantive line manager and complete the secondment request form prior to interview. The secondment request form and the associated secondment policy can be found on the HR/Recruitment intranet pages and must be completed and signed by the substantive line manager.  The Candidate should then take it with them to interview as confirmation that an agreement has been granted.

An exciting service improvement opportunity has arisen for a dietitian to review services, develop and  implement best practice pathways to increase accessibility to specialised dietetics and early intervention for head and neck cancer patients in NHS Forth Valley.

This post is part of the NHS Forth Valley Dietetic Department, offering professional and operational support and will also benefit from support from the Quality Improvement Team.

Applications are welcome from HCPC Registered Dietitians who are committed to service improvement and collaboration to achieve high quality patient care. 

The Forth Valley Head and Neck service is a multidisciplinary team of ENT and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeons, Speech & language Therapists, and Specialist Nurses providing a high level of care for patients with head and neck cancer diagnosis’s.  This service links closely with other Health Boards and tertiary centres as treatments are frequently provided elsewhere.

This post offers the opportunity to develop service improvement skills whilst working clinically within an established MDT.  It requires the post holder to have excellent wide ranging clinical dietetic experience, team working skills and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated interest or experience in service improvement methodology.  Experience of both acute and community dietetics would be advantageous along with experience in care of head and neck cancer services.     

The post holder would provide the dietetic clinical input and would be expected to plan and deliver appropriate training and education to the wider team, patients and carers. 

This post is professionally and operationally managed by the Acute Dietetic Department at FVRH. The post-holder would be required to deliver a Health Board wide service.

The successful applicant will possess excellent communication skills, and have relevant experience and a demonstrated interest in care of head and neck cancer patients/acute or community dietetics and multiagency working.  They must be committed to personal development and be able to work as part of a proactive team.  The post-holder would be expected to actively contribute to departmental activities e.g. student training, department meetings and when necessary provide some cover to other clinical areas.

The person specification gives details on the wider skills, experience, qualifications, values and behaviours are essential within this particular role. 

This post sits within the wider Clinical Dietetic Service in NHS Forth Valley which has 38 Dietitians and 4 Dietetic Assistants, and offers excellent peer support and development opportunities.

The duties of this post require the successful candidate to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.  More information on this scheme can be found at

Informal enquiries are very welcome. Please contact Fiona Struthers, Dietetic Coordinator on 01324 566569 or Kay Baxter, Dietitian, on 01324 566626 to discuss your application or if you require any further information about this post. 

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail, therefore please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders) and your Jobtrain account for updates.

NHS Forth Valley is positive about disabled people and is committed to offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.  Please contact the Recruitment Office on 0330 041 4694 if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you with your application and/or interview.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

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