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Oncology Dietitian

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Are you looking for an opportunity to champion and drive forward nutrition and dietetics in cancer and palliative care?Do you believe that addressing nutritional needs has a positive impact on the outcome of cancer?An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified dietitian to join the dietetic team at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust. This is a newly created post to expand our dietetic team. You will be working as part of the wider AHP team to help provide specialist dietetic services to a variety of patients with cancer.

If you want to be part of a fantastic team and help support the Trust with our vision for providing the best cancer care in the country, then we want to hear from you.We are looking for a HCPC registered dietitian with good general and nutrition support experience and preferably some experience or an active interest in oncology dietetics. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a team and also on your own initiative.

In conjunction with the Band 7 Oncology Dietitians and the NutritionNurse Practitioner, to provide, monitor and plan oncology dieteticservices as part of the Allied Health Professionals Team liaising and working closely with all members of the multiprofessional team to provide a high standard of care.

Main duties of the job

Oncology Dietitian

Full time 37.5 hrs/week

? To provide a comprehensive high quality dietetic service to patientsreceiving care from Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology.? To participate in audit and research and contribute to the standardsdevelopment pertaining to nutrition and dietetics.? To provide expert knowledge, education, advice and support tohealthcare professionals as part of the management of people with cancer.

About us

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's leading providers of non-surgical cancer treatment, caring for a population of 2.4 million people across Cheshire & Merseyside, North Wales, the Isle of Man and parts of Lancashire.

Our flagship specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool opened in June 2020, supported by our hospital on the Clatterbridge Health Park in Wirral providing outpatient cancer treatment and supportive care, and our radiotherapy treatment centre on the Aintree Hospital site. Together, working across three sites and operating specialist chemotherapy clinics in four of Merseyside's district hospitals, we are able to deliver a comprehensive range of inpatient care, advanced radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer therapies including gene therapies and immunotherapies. We also deliver a pioneering Treatment at Home and Work service are the only facility in the UK providing low-energy proton beam therapy to treat rare eye cancers and host the region's Teenage and Young Adult Unit, (supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust).

Working with leading experts from The University of Liverpool and the Cancer Research UK Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit we strive to stay at the forefront of novel treatments and techniques to deliver more effective and personalised treatments than ever before.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To act as part of the dietetic team to provide specialist dietetic services to patients with a varietyof solid tumours attending the Trust. This will include patients receiving radiotherapy,chemotherapy and/or supportive care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. To participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to advise on issues related to nutrition. Use developed communication skills to educate staff and patients in complex dietary therapiesand nutrition support regimes. To effectively manage a clinical caseload to ensure efficient use of dietetic resources. To contribute to the development of dietetic services within the Trust. To work collaboratively with the Band 7 Oncology Dietitians and the Nutrition Nurse practitionerto develop evidence based best practice clinical nutrition guidelines. To contribute to a multi professional approach to patient care. To contribute to the development of policies and procedures for delivering effective nutritionalcare.

To participate in research and audit related to the service that will lead to improvement in qualityand service outcomes. To liaise with specialist dietitians e.g. home enteral feeding, nutrition support, over specificdietary problems or queries and to develop and evaluate evidence based resources andinformation sheets. To undertake comprehensive assessment of patients, understanding drug treatments and otherclinical tests results with relevance to the dietary intervention required. To undertake clinical and nutritional assessment of complex oncology patients, includingsubjective and objective measurements and lifestyle patterns and document comprehensively. To evaluate outcomes of dietetic interventions through the monitoring and review of nutritionalcare plans and adjust to achieve goals. To ensure safe and timely discharge of patients on home enteral feeding and sip feeds includingliaison with GPs, community dietitians and other key agencies. To liaise with catering department regarding specialised dietary requirements of patients receiving renal dialysis, patients who have insulin dependent diabetes, coeliacdisease, or food allergies. Maintenance of own knowledge and skills by attending local and national study courses ortraining as required. Monitoring of developments in oncology and the implications these may have on dieteticintervention. Assists with the development/review of nutrition related policies e.g. nasogastric feedingprotocol, food intake record, MUST (nutrition screening). Responsible for the interpretation oflaboratory blood results where these would impact on nutritional status and plannedinterventions. Responsible for assessing anthropometric data (weight, height, body mass index andpercentage weight loss) when planning and evaluating interventions. Develop and implement nutritional care plans for patients:o at nutritional risk.o requiring therapeutic diets.o requiring nutritional support such as nutritional sip feeds, nasogastric, gastrostomy,jejunostomy or parental nutrition feeding regimes.o with complex medical conditions, such as head and neck cancer patients undergoingchemoradiation.o requiring healthy diet advice and advice for patients following alternative or complimentarytherapies. Clinical monitoring and assessment of patient compliance, modifying nutritional care plan asrequired, informing relevant ward or therapy staff. Responsibility to identify and make appropriate referrals to other health professionals such asPEG nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialists Support and advise staff on management of parenteral nutrition. Participate in the development of education/training for nursing and radiography staff to identifypatients that are at nutritional risk according to established screening criteria, such as the MUSTtool. From a nutritional perspective advise of patients suitability to be discharged. Coordinate with other health care professionals to ensure seamless care on transfer to thepatients home, local hospital or local hospice. Recommend to GP in writing of nutritional products to be prescribed.

Liaise with GP, community dietitians and other key health professionals of the ongoingnutritional care of patients. Provide dietetic advice and support to ward staff in provision of specialised diets not included inthe standard menu. Responsibility to provide advice to the catering department of specialised dietary requirementsof individuals not included in the standard menu. Establish a link between clinical areas and catering to ensure nutritional needs of patients aremet. Attend and contribute to departmental meetings. Active participation in patient care ward rounds and discharge planning meetings as required. Respond to referrals from the multi-professional team and initiate the nutrition care process. Develop and assist in reviewing a selection of evidence based education materials relevant foruse within the nutrition and dietetic service as well as Trust wide. Assist in the development and evaluation of methods of service provision considering outcomes,user satisfaction and quality of the service provided. Enhance professional development through participating and assisting in Trust wide programsIdentify, participate, assist and develop education programs/ lectures both informally andformally on relevant aspects of nutrition care within CCO and external to the Trust as required. Contribute to the development of practice within CCO through participation in relevant workinggroups and SRGs. To promote healthy eating to staff and patients.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • BSc OR Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Registration as a Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council


  • Post graduate study in relevant areas e.g. PENG Update course



  • Demonstrates good knowledge of general clinical dietetics


  • Good knowledge of nutrition support
  • Demonstrates some knowledge and experience of audit.



  • Good general experience at Band 5.
  • Interest in oncology.


  • Oncology experience
  • Student training experience

Employer details

Employer name

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHSFT


The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool

65 Pembroke Place


L7 8YA

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