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Speciality Dietitian (Haematology and Advanced Cellular Therapy)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Headington, Oxford
£35,392 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This exciting brand-new permanent position is ideal for anyone with an interest in haematology and cellular therapy.

This specialist role will support the delivery of high-quality nutritional care to haematology patients undergoing advanced cellular therapy including CAR-T therapy, a complex and innovative new treatment. The role involves working closely with the multi-disciplinary teams, who value and respect the role of the Dietitian. For more information about CAR-T therapy, see:

You will provide dietetic advice and support the needs of this complex group of patients in inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory settings, in a purpose-built cancer centre at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

This post will be offered as a Band 6 (progressing to Band 7 on completion of competencies), or Band 7 depending on experience. If you are interested in this role and feel you meet either the Band 6 or 7 criteria, please take the time to contact us to discuss it further using the contact details in the advert.

As a valued member of ourteam,you will receive:
  • Flexible working, including opportunities for home working
  • Clinical supervisionand support from experienced and specialist dietitians
  • Dedicated timefor professional and service development
  • Regular appraisals andpersonalised development plan
  • Access to a range ofCPD opportunities, the Oxford AHPs Research & Innovation Unit, and Bodleian Library collection.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the development and provision of a highly specialist, evidence based dietetic service to patients treated within the Haematology Department at the Churchill Hospital.

The caseload will be primarily blood cancer patients receiving chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy, chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, and those experiencing complications related to disease and / or treatment.

To perform nutritional assessment and consider clinical diagnoses of patients who may have complex and/or chronic presentation, to determine dietetic treatment indicated, to monitor and evaluate treatment, and to maintain records as an autonomous clinical practitioner.

To attend regular multidisciplinary meetings.

Along with the Team Lead, to be actively involved in the haematology, oncology and Churchill surgery dietetic service development.

To act as a source of expertise for local dietetic, nursing and medical colleagues and nationally regarding the nutritional management of the identified patient group.

To educate, train, supervise and disseminate information to healthcare professionals including clinicians, nurses, AHPs, dietetic colleagues and students about the dietetic management of haematology patients.

To be actively involved in student training and supervision of rotational Band 5 Dietitians

To be an integrated member of the Dietetic team providing help, support and cover to the team where appropriate.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. We employ approximately 12,500 staff (including over 4,000 nurses and 2,000 doctors and 850 AHP staff). The Trust comprises four main hospital sites: the John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children's Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women's Centre), the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, North Oxfordshire.

The acute adult dietetics team is made up of ~50 Dietitians, plus Assistants, and administrative support. There are 7 acute clinical teams, each responsible for providing a service to specialist clinical areas while working collaboratively across all OUH sites. We work closely with the children's dietitians, and the Oxford Health community dietitians.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


Be professionally and legally accountable for own work and caseload.

Work autonomously as the clinical specialist, in the provision of a comprehensive nutrition and dietetic service to the Haematology Ward, Ambulatory Care Unit and outpatient clinics at the OUH. This will include patients groups such as lymphoma, leukaemia, myeloma and other haematological disorders, in particular those undergoing cellular therapy (CAR-T) and stem-cell transplantation.

Lead and coordinate dietetic provision to ensure a comprehensive specialised dietetic service is provided to Haematological patients. This will include:

- Early dietetic assessment and appropriate individualised nutrition therapy/interventions for patient pre-, peri- and post treatment, and those at risk or/with disease-related malnutrition

- Early appropriate management of nutritionally related issues to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, reduce hospital length of stay and prevent avoidable readmissions.

- A dietetic presence at MDT meetings, case conferences and ward rounds for early identification of patients requiring nutrition therapy/interventions, obtaining early referrals, direct appropriate nutritional care, facilitate appropriate and timely referrals to services to instigate nutritional plans (e.g. tube placement referrals, TPN referrals), and facilitate safe discharge planning and patient flow

- A dietetic presence at MDT meetings and case conferences to provide accurate information on nutritional status, progress and plans and facilitate safe discharge planning and patient flow

- Facilitate improved partnerships with Haematology staff and the wider MDT to enable safe and efficient patient care and improve patient flow.

To assess the nutritional status of individual patients based on anthropometric measurements e.g. weight, height, weight history as well as biochemical parameters, diet history and other validated methods of nutritional assessment as appropriate.

Obtain and analyse relevant information from different sources including: electronic patient records, the patient and their carers, ward staff etc, in order to make a comprehensive assessment of the patients needs, condition, prognosis and treatment plans so that a decision on the most appropriate dietetic treatment to support this can be made in the short and long term.

Attend regular team meetings when patient care is reviewed, liaison meetings with other multi-disciplinary teams where patients joint care is planned and reviewed, case conferences, ward rounds and governance meetings.

Along with the Team Lead, to have responsibility for all organisation, liaison and monitoring of the dietetic aspect of this service.

To communicate effectively with patients, carers, family and other health professionals. Skills of negotiation, motivation, explanation and gaining consent will be used in a wide variety of and sometimes sensitive situations. The ability to communicate complex information at an appropriate level to allow understanding is essential. Barriers to communication may be evident e.g. loss of hearing, receptive and expressive problems with the formulation and understanding of language or difficulties with speaking. The use of communication aids such as letter/picture boards or games may be necessary.

Participate in research and audit undertaken by the ward/unit and/or Dietetic team. Presentation of audit or research results at national or international conferences to promote practise and share expertise with colleagues.

To provide specialist advice, teaching and training to all members of the multidisciplinary team, regarding the nutritional management of haematological patients. This involves regular participation in in-house training of clinicians and both specialist and ward nursing staff


To collect data as required by the department, trust and outside agencies.

Collation of audit data on the outcomes of patients managed in the dietetic service.

To determine priorities for own work area based on clinical need and balance patient caseload with professional demands.

To maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation of patient interventions on dietetic record cards/electronic patient records. To communicate any changes in day to day management and dietetic interventions to appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team. This is achieved by documenting within nursing/medical notes or by means of generating a letter/report and/or updating any patient database.

Management and professional responsibilities:

Be accountable for own actions working within the professional, ethical and legal framework for dietetics set out in the Health Profession Councils Dietitians Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and the British Dietetic Associations Professional Standards for Dietitians and Code of Professional Conduct.

To remain up to date with the relevant literature and ensure that this informs evidence based practice which will optimise the long term outcomes for each individual patient.

Clinically supervise Band 6 Dietitians and provide supervision for Rotational Band 5 Dietitians.


To initiate and lead discussions on organisational, professional and clinical issues relevant to the service area. Along with the Service Managers, to be responsible for the dietetic service provided to their clinical area and its development.

To continue to develop own knowledge and skills and contribute to the development of colleagues within the MDT and the Dietetic Service. This involves:

a) taking responsibility for own continuing professional development (CPD) and provide evidence for this by maintaining a CPD portfolio. CPD involves critical evaluation of scientific papers, attending professional development meetings, working as a reflective practitioner and attending relevant internal/external courses.

b) Participating in own annual appraisal, identifying own development and training needs and setting personal development objectives with line manager.

c) Undertaking all relevant statutory and mandatory training

d) Involvement in the dietetic student training programme

e) Providing specialist education and advice to dietetic colleagues in the area of haematology via regular departmental professional update meetings

f) Attending and representing the department and lead area of work at the regional and national meetings as appropriate.

To be responsible for communicating effectively and working collaboratively with the Dietetic team, line managers, other health professionals within the MDT and other organisations to ensure a co-ordinated and evidence based approach to the delivery of dietetic care.

To have responsibility for and lead the development, promotion and delivery of the new specialist dietetic post for patients with haematological conditions. This involves

a) Developing dietetic practice to ensure evidence based practice and an equitable service delivery

b) Applying legislation, policies and procedures and making appropriate recommendations for service delivery

c) Managing development projects relevant to the clinical area, the dietetic service and the NHS organisations involved

d) Making recommendations and managing service improvement

e) Evaluating own work and that of the team, including clinical audit

f) Recognising the need to seek appropriate support

g) Active involvement in multidisciplinary team meetings, dietetic departmental meetings and discussions

To demonstrate risk management skills and a sound understanding of clinical governance and apply to the work situation.

Education and professional development responsibility:

To keep a portfolio providing evidence of continual professional development (C.P.D.). This may include critical evaluation of scientific papers, attending professional development meetings, working as a reflective practitioner and attending relevant internal/external courses.

Participate in annual appraisal, identifying own development and training needs and setting personal development objectives within an Annual Report

Actively participate in the dietetic student training program, facilitating the development of skills and knowledge, being involved in the assessment process and acting as a mentor.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Nutrition & Dietetic Degree or equivalent
  • Registered with Health Professions Council as a Dietitian
  • Evidence of leadership experience
  • Evidence of successful completion of significant specialist post graduate training equivalent to Masters level in this clinical area


  • Member of a relevant Specialist Interest Group
  • Evidence of training as clinical supervisor



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