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Specialist Dietitian (Haematology)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an HCPC registered dietitian to join our oncology dietetic service based at Southampton General Hospital. The post holder will specialise in the dietetic management of adult haematology patients and work with our teenage young adult (TYA) cancer unit. The post covers a variety of settings including the bone marrow transplant unit, haematology wards, haematology outpatients, radiotherapy and chemotherapy units as well as acute oncology wards and oncology outpatients.The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs approximately 130 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing both acute and community services in adults and paediatrics.You will join the acute adult dietetic team at Southampton General Hospital. This is a busy, hardworking team known for its friendliness, support and development opportunities. There are regular internal CPD sessions and the opportunity to engage in service evaluation and improvement.Our Oncology unit is one of 12 regional cancer centres in the UK, serving a population of around 1.7million people.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What youll doYou will: Be responsible for the specialist provision of a dietetic service to haematology and TYA cancer patients undergoing multiple modality oncology treatment. Work in a variety of clinical settings including acute oncology wards, radiotherapy clinic, chemotherapy outpatients. Attend and provide input to haematology and TYA multidisciplinary clinics and meetings. Provide complex nutritional support to TYA oncology patients and adult haematology patients including management of enteral feeding, complex home enteral feeding discharges, and nutritional management of radiotherapy/chemotherapy related side effects. Work with an experienced team of oncology dietitians covering upper GI, head and neck, gynaecology, chemotherapy and general oncology patients. Be a key member of the multidisciplinary teams working closely with haematologists, clinical nurse specialists, nutrition support team and ward nurses. You will also be required to liaise closely with oncology teams at other hospitals. Provide educational talks on the importance of nutrition in oncology to inform patients, nurses and doctors. Be involved with the supervision and support of junior dietitians and dietetic assistants as well as student training.

What were looking forWe are looking for someone who has a keen interest in oncology, with evidence of relevant, strong clinical skills. Flexibility, ability to prioritise and manage a busy, complex caseload is essential. You must have excellent communication skills as well as an empathic nature to help patients manage their long term condition and be aware of the psychological impact this may have. You should have experience of working with complex nutritional support patients requiring enteral nutrition.

We have a large radiotherapy unit containing 6 linear accelerators, 6 oncology inpatient wards, acute oncology unit, chemotherapy units, Macmillan centre and multiple oncology outpatient clinics. Southampton is a leading centre for cancer research and clinical trials. Patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy for haematological malignancy or transplantation are managed in a 21 bedded specialist unit and a 6 bedded TYA unit.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Degree or equivalent in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • HCPC (Health and Care professions Council) registered dietitian (RD)
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and development in relevant areas
  • Evidence of relevant dietetic knowledge and expertise with recent experience demonstrating this
  • Ability to demonstrate a practical and sensitive approach and flexibility in working style when applying clinical judgement to complex clinical issues
  • Demonstrate a holistic approach to treatment


  • Member of British Dietetic Association (BDA) and relevant specialist groups
  • Experience mentoring or supervising dietetic assistants or junior staff
  • Experience and involvement with dietetic student training
  • Experience of audit/project work
  • Ability to cover out of hours commitments on agreed occasions

Skills and competencies


  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Record keeping
  • Keyboard skills
  • Numeracy skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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