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Band 7 Highly Specialist Dietitian for Head & Neck Oncology

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS (pro-rata if LTFT)
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for an experienced Band 7 dietitian Dietitian for Head and Neck services in oncology, We are looking for an enthusiastic Dietitian with an interest in oncology to cover this post, to join our friendly and dynamic team at the North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH). The Dietetic Department is part of the Therapies group (Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists). We are the first Nutrition & Dietetic Department in London to commence seven day services, and you will be required to work week-ends on a rota basis as part of the department rota. The post holder will work with the lead oncology Band 7 dietitian to cover and oversee all oncology services, including head and neck inpatients and outpatients, radiotherapy and chemotherapy out-patient services. You will be supported and supervised by the Head of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Main duties of the job

To take the lead to provide a comprehensive Service to the Oncology services including inpatients, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy outpatient services for Head and Neck Dietetic services. (Optional: Extended roles within own scope of practice such as non-medical prescribing in the oncology outpatient and inpatient services, extended role for management and care of balloon gastrostomy feeding tubes with appropriate training). To evaluate and improve services, update policies and procedures. To provide expert opinion, advice and guidance to colleagues within the Cancer service. To take the lead role for the development and provision of education programmes for patients and staff within and out-with the Trust, and to develop oncology education resources. To lead on and regularly participate in research and audit within oncology and the wider Dietetic Service. To participate and contribute to the Nutrition Team and provide cover for other specialist services areas as and when required. To undertake the planning, organisation, allocation, and training of student training for oncology. Multidisciplinary team working, close liaison between acute and community teams, and highly developed skills in communicating with oncology patients, carers, and other service users is essential. To be responsible for supervision of oncology dietetic team and junior staff.

About us

North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.

We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The oncology department provides services primarily to the patients of Enfield, Haringey, Barnet, West Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, within a purpose built radiotherapy department and newly refurbished and integrated Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) and dedicated oncology ward. The Specialist Palliative Care Team provides an advisory service for patients with advanced progressive malignant & non-malignant illnesses. You will be required to liaise closely and effectively with the multidisciplinary team members to provide an excellent service. You should have excellent communication skills, be effective in multidisciplinary team working and be able to deliver both group education and individual interventions. You will have the opportunity to be involved in, and in some cases lead on, research, audits and other service development initiatives both within and out-with the dietetic department. You will be required to undertake teaching/training of other health professionals. The dietetic department undertakes student training for 2 and 3 placements. You will be involved in student training for your area. Both the Dietetic Department and NMUH have a robust continuous professional development (CPD) programme, and are committed to providing excellent line management, supervision/support and specialist training. In order to support you in this role, you would receive training and supervision tailored to your needs. As a Macmillan professional, you will be known for your excellence in patient care and will also have access to support for learning and development and regular joint supervision and support from the charity.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • BSc in Dietetics 4 year degree course or equivalent State Registered Dietitian with HCPC BDA member BDA member of specialist Oncology group


  • BDA post graduate diploma in advanced dietetic practice or equivalent in BDA postgraduate courses equivalent to Masters degree If trained Non-medical prescribing qualification registered with HCPC

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to provide highly specialised treatment packages, plan and provide appropriate monitoring Ability to analyse highly complex, conflicting information and deciding on the most appropriate treatment plan from a range of options Ability to supervise junior staff Ability to communicate highly complex, conflicting, sensitive information Teaching and presentation skills to individuals and groups Ability to work as part of a team and to liaise with professionals at all levels Use of software packages including Word, Excel, nutritional assessment packages, statistical packages Develop, implement policies and procedures Ability to prioritise workload Demonstrate time management Flexible Assertive Accurate record keeping Maintain confidentiality


  • If trained & competent in extended clinical role of balloon gastrostomy tube feeding, care and removal



  • Up to date clinical knowledge in oncology Knowledge of government strategy on above areas Knowledge of Oncology and general medications Experience of audit Experience of training student dietitians Working as a team Experience of working with different ethnic groups


  • Post graduate highly specialist courses on oncology, nutritional support Experience of research



  • Demonstrable ability to meet Trust values oEvidence of commitment to CPD oDemonstrate an understanding of equal opportunities

Employer details

Employer name

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust





N18 1QX

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