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Specialist Dietitian - Head and Neck Cancer

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
Who are we? We are a Dietetic Department at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire based just under 10 minutes from the M69/M6 interchange. We are diverse in both skill and experience but also in personnel. We are a department of nearly seventy Dietitians (across Coventry and Rugby Hospitals) whose specialities include gastroenterology, critical care, surgery, stroke, major trauma, oncology, renal, diabetes, specialist weight management, paediatrics and community nutrition support.We also provide student placements to neighbouring universities in Coventry and Birmingham. As a department we are actively involved in both research and audit and actively encourage staff to identify and attend courses relevant to their role and future development.

We are one of the largest acute Trusts in the country specialising in major trauma, cardiothoracics and neurosciences and that's just the beginning. We are one of just five Trusts in the whole of the UK that offers you 'Lean' and leadership training based upon the teachings of one of the 'Hospital of the decade, the Virginia Mason Institute - we call this methodology UHCWi and you can learn more about it on our website. If you are looking for a career in a supportive and dynamic department then this is for you.

****Interviews for this post are due to take place on 6th June 2024***

Main duties of the job

Who are you? You will have been working as a Dietitian for at least 12 months and be ready to apply what you have already learned whilst also expanding your knowledge and skill further in a Trust which offers you a breadth of diversity and experience. Or you may be a well-established senior dietitian who is looking to gain further insight. In either instance you will be supported through your UHCW journey by our friendly and experienced team of Dietetic staff.

The clinical caseload will likely be predominantly head and neck cancer patients however you will also see general oncology patients as well as providing cover to your colleagues in the oncology team. In addition to this there are also some outpatient clinics.

About us

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, rated as good by the Care Quality Commission, is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the UK.

We are extremely proud of our employees across our hospital sites, with high quality patient care at the heart of everything we do.

Boasting some of the most modern facilities in Western Europe, the Trust is renowned for being at the forefront of research and innovation as part of its blossoming reputation as a worldwide leader in healthcare.

We are proud to be recognised as a Pathway to Excellence designated organisation - please click the link for further details about this prestigious award. Pathway To Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (

By joining our exciting journey, you will form part of a passionate, talented team and will be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. There has never been a better time to join our team.

The Trust is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills, experience, and different perspectives available in our diverse society. We want everyone to feel they are respected, valued, can achieve their potential and receive the most appropriate and relevant care. We will create an environment where the equality and human rights principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of the organisation's core values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To be clinically competent following appropriate training to give specialist dietetic advice, treatment and dietary counselling to patients in, in-patient and out-patient clinic locations including consultant led clinics

2. To communicate nutrition and dietetic information in an understandable form to staff, clients and carers, requiring negotiation, persuasion, motivation and counselling skills including situations where there are barriers to change.

3. To use appropriate communication skills and resources to ensure that suitably accessible information is available to individuals on their dietary treatment/care plans.

4. To liaise with catering, nursing and dietetic staff to ensure the provision of a satisfactory meal service for individual patients.

5. To attend and participate in multidisciplinary meetings and ward rounds

6.To participate in the health promotion activities of the department

7. To work flexible hours to meet the needs of the patients and the service as required

8. To cover the work of colleagues and deputise for senior colleagues during periods of absence or peak workloads

Please see the attached job description for further details.

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Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


Univeristy Hosptials Coventry

Clifford Bridge Road



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