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Senior Specialist Oncology Dietitian

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and driven oncology dietitian to join our head and neck dietetic team (band 7, 37.5hrs/week), as part of the Christie nutrition and dietetic team in our world class cancer centre.

If you are you passionate and have experience working within in head and neck cancer, leadership and want to develop your skills further in oncology and research then this is the post for you.

Clinical supervision experience skills will enable you to support the band 6 dietitians and students.

Excellent presentation skills will be required to carry out training and education to the HCPs on a regular basis.

Main duties of the job

As a senior specialist oncology dietitian, you will:
  • Be clinically responsible for the nutritional care and management of patients and independently plan organise and prioritise patient related and professional demands daily.
  • Provide an expert nutritional support and dietary education service for head and neck oncology patients attending the Christie Hospital in inpatients and outpatients.
  • To act as a specialised resource on nutrition and cancer for head and neck patients, carers, medical staff, nursing staff, and other health care professionals associated with the Christie Hospital and at regional and national level.
  • To provide education and training to medical staff, nursing staff and other health care professionals in the Trust.
  • To provide support and supervision to band 6 rotation dietitians

To take an active role in the research and audit

About us

We are a very supportive and dynamic department of 21 dietitians and 3 nutrition specialist nurses who work closely together, daily. The teamwork in line with the Core values and behaviours of the trust.

The team's vision is to be an expert leader in oncology nutrition and dietetics putting patients at the centre of everything we do through innovation, education and research. We aspire to be the best department to work in by valuing and respecting each other, working as one team and supporting and developing the current and future workforce through experience, education, opportunities and positive learning environment.

We provide a service to inpatients and outpatient areas and are involved in and support research and audit. We encourage and support professional development with regular CPD, inhouse courses and training programmes on leadership, different disease groups and advanced communication skills with the support of the School of Oncology. The trust supports and is currently developing career pathways for AHP's.

The department is involved in student training, education, and networking at a local and national level.

We encourage continuous professional development with professional update sessions, journal clubs, and offer inhouse / external courses and training programmes on leadership, different disease groups / treatments and advanced communication skills with the support of The Christie's School of Oncology.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Christie is one of Europes leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support

The department is involved in student training, education, audit and research and networking at a local and national level and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years.

  • To be clinically responsible for a highly complex area of work, as agreed with the dietetic manager and independently plan, organise and prioritise patient related and professional demands
  • To develop the head and neck dietetic service alongside the other band 7 head and neck dietitians with the support of the dietetic manager
  • To work alongside the band 7 proton head and neck outpatient dietitian and provide cover when required including an evening clinic
  • To nutritionally assess head and neck oncology patients by interpreting and evaluating anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, and dietary data, whilst considering the patients social and ethnic circumstances, prognosis and treatment
  • To convey complex specialised dietary advice and lifestyle changes, to head and neck oncology patients and carers using advanced counselling and communication skills
  • To diagnose malnutrition and to liaise with the appropriate consultant, with an aim of optimising treatment outcome, by recommending the appropriate method of nutrition intervention and reducing risk of Refeeding Syndrome
  • To attend appropriate multidisciplinary meetings and outpatient clinics and wards to provide expert advice to clinicians regarding provision of nutritional support for head and neck oncology patients and carers based on clinical evidence
  • To communicate, liaise and advise the head and neck team, key workers, nursing staff, AHPs and other health care professionals on the appropriate evidence based nutrition care plan.
  • To prescribe the appropriate dietary regimen for head and neck oncology patients using evidence-based practice and to manage, monitor and reevaluate the treatment plan as necessary.
  • To refer patients to other services for monitoring and therapeutic support following discharge.
  • To work with the catering department to ensure suitable meal provision to meet the special needs of the oncology patient in line with national standards.
  • To initiate, facilitate and coordinate the setting up of a home enteral feed to ensure a safe discharge.
  • To be responsible for the ordering, delivery and monitoring of specialist nutritional supplements (ACBS endorsed) for individual client needs.
  • To write, deliver and evaluate internal and external education and training sessions on head and neck nutrition and specialist dietetics in relation to oncology to medical staff, nursing staff, AHPs, dietitians, other health care professionals, patients, and carers.
  • To act as a clinical educator by participating in student dietetic placements.
  • To provide supervision to allocated band 6 dietitians daily, carrying out regular one to one meetings, and carrying out annual PDR process.
  • To take an active role in the research and audit.
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up to date documentation on individual patients in line with local and national standards and be responsible for the appropriate storage of d with the Health Care Professions Council (H.C.P.C) and trust policy on confidentiality.
  • To record and submit patient data and statistics as required by the manager and provide information for annual reports and service development and planning.
  • To attend and participate in departmental, professional update meetings and trust nutrition related meetings leading them when required.
  • To attend and contribute to the trust nutrition steering committee.

  • To be responsible for own clinical professional development (CPD) to maintain competency and to ensure best practice

    Person Specification



    • BSc Nutrition & Dietetics or BSc degree in relevant science subject plus Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics
    • HCPC registration.
    • Clinical supervision training Masters level or equivalent course e.g. Advanced course in nutritional support (e.g., BDA PEN course).


    • Teaching qualification course
    • Evidence of post-graduate specialist counselling skills course in oncology, bereavement counselling or breaking bad news



    • Evidence of multidisciplinary team working
    • Evidence of recent recent CPD.
    • Evidence of recent audit/ research experience and ability to critique research papers
    • Extensive and recent experience of working in head and neck cancer, acute oncology, palliative care
    • Extensive experience of enteral
    • Experience in home enteral feed discharges
    • Presentations/ talks to large groups
    • Clinical supervision
    • Leadership
    • Experience in setting up patient pathways /service
    • Student training


    • Experience of undertaking annual appraisals and absence management
    • Experience of leading or co-ordinating audit or research work



    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Good presentation skills and evidence of presentations to large groups.
    • Standard keyboard skills
    • Ability to work effectively single-handed with individuals and groups
    • Good organisational and time management skills.
    • Accurate anthropometrics measurement skills.
    • Ability to interpret complex information.
    • Evidence of leadership skills Supervision skills



    • Understanding the complex effects of cancer and treatments on nutritional status of patients
    • Conversant with enteral feeding systems.
    • Excellent up to date knowledge in head and neck cancer and treatments
    • Sound knowledge of current issues relating to cancer and nutrition support
    • Knowledge of clinical governance
    • Knowledge of national head and neck oncology strategies/ polices/ guidance / pathways
    • Evidence of oncology / nutrition support courses



    • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



    • Self motivated, reliable Able to recognise own limitations

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Christie NHS FT


    Dietetics - E00274


    M20 4BX

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