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Senior Specialist Dietitian for Oncology and Haematology

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) is a tertiary cancer centre for the South West of England and provides specialist non-surgical treatment for people with cancer as well as these treatments for non-cancerous conditions. It is a centre of clinical excellence and is a designated centre for teenagers and young adults cancer services and bone marrow transplants, with a strong emphasis on research and clinical trials.

Our BHOC dietetic team consists of 2 specialist band 7 dietitians, a static band 6 dietitian, a rotational band 6 dietitian and 2 dietetic support workers. Together we provide a service to oncology, haematology and bone marrow transplant inpatients and outpatients supporting patients to live well with and beyond cancer.

This role is a 12 month fixed term maternity cover. As the band 7 lead for inpatient dietetic oncology services you will provide care to patients undergoing treatment for oncology and haematology cancers with a particular focus of working within the speciality of bone marrow transplants as well as with teenagers and young adults.

Experience of dietetics in Haematology and Oncology is essential along with the use of invasive nutrition support within this group. This role will involve close working with the wider MDT including doctors, nurses, the palliative care team, pharmacists, the nutrition team and cancer support workers, so good communication and people skills are essential

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to undertake a role in the training of dietetic students and take part in the education of health care professionals in order to support the Trust Food Policy.

To best meet the needs of our healthcare colleagues and service users the dietetic department provides a service on Saturday, which you will be expected to contribute to once every 4 weeks. We also provide a bank holiday service, each member of staff covering 2 bank holiday dates a year.

Bristol is a vibrant multicultural university city surrounded by beautiful countryside, so can offer an extensive range of leisure facilities to suit everyone. All our hospitals are located in the centre of Bristol so transport links are excellent.

This post would be ideal for an experienced band 6 dietitian looking to develop their clinical, leadership and service development skills within a supportive and experienced team.

University Hospital Bristol and Weston (UHBW) have an excellent dietetic team capable of supporting professional practice. The adult acute dietetic team covers all sites of the teaching hospital. The oncology and haematology dietitians work within team B, alongside our critical care and surgical dietitians. You will also work closely with our food policy team and the dietetic team based at our Weston site.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy. Applications will be short listed against person specification.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant clinical experience in: -Nutritional Support/Therapy in cancer care -Chronic Disease Management -Enteral Nutrition Support This should include a significant period of time working in a clinical speciality at a senior level
  • Working as part of a multi-professional team
  • Experience of training dietetic students at all grades
  • Experience of audit and/or quality assurance
  • Experience of managing/supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working in a multicultural setting


  • Experience of producing protocols and procedures for use by others
  • Experience or involvement of implementing guidance, policy
  • Research and Development

Skills and Abilities


  • Advanced communications skills at all levels - oral, written, interpersonal
  • Good organisational skills and time management
  • Teaching/presentation skills in a variety of settings and to professional groups/grades at undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree level
  • Computer skills i.e. Databases, Excel and use of dietary analysis programs
  • Advanced analytical and clinical reasoning skills
  • Behavioural and motivational interviewing skills


  • Counselling skills
  • Evidence of published own work/articles etc

Qualifications and Training


  • HCPC registration
  • Degree/postgraduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics
  • Evidence of extensive postgraduate training relevant to post
  • Clinical supervisory skills course
  • Postgraduate diploma/MSc or equivalent evidence of advanced dietetic practice
  • PENG Group Clinical Update Course and/or Behaviour Change Course


  • BDA membership
  • Teaching qualification

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Marlborough Street



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