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Oncology Specialist Dietitian

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

  • To provide a specialist dietetic service to medical oncology and haematology inpatients and outpatients clinics for the Enhanced Supportive Care (ESC) service at the Trust.
  • To work as part of a team of oncology dietitians and as an integral member of multidisciplinary teams to ensure a holistic approach to patient care.
  • Contribute to ward rounds and weekly multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • To be a source of expertise in the dietetic management of oncology and haematology patients within the Trust.
  • To support and supervise junior staff within the department as required and contribute to the training of students and other healthcare professionals.
  • This position is based at the Trust’s Eastern services main site, the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford).
  • To support the safe discharge of patients with specialist nutritional supplements or home enteral feeding.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that systems are in place to prioritise and manage the caseload. They will keep updated to ensure the service has a strong evidence base and is delivered in line with national guidance.
  • To support and supervise junior staff within the department as required and contribute to the training of students and other healthcare professionals. 

About the Role

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About Us

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (RDUH) working on the Eastern services site in Exeter as a Specialist Oncology Dietitian. This post will focus on supporting patients across the cancer pathways for the in-patient oncology and haematology wards through to the Enhanced supportive care outpatient clinic. The post holder will work closely with the MDT’s and be a source of clinical expertise within the Trust. The post holder will also work closely within our dietetic oncology team and provide cover for Head and Neck and Upper GI Specialist Dietitians and a Band 5 Dietitian on the Oncology rotation.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in haematology and oncology; and involves working with multi-disciplinary teams who value and respect the role of the Oncology Dietitians. We would consider dietitians who have limited oncology experience but who would like to develop their skills in this area. As a developmental post – progression to band 6 will be facilitated after 12-18 months dependant on the required band 6 oncology dietitian competencies being met.

RDUH is the first Trust to implement an electronic patient system (EPIC) across both acute and community services. The post holder is responsible for ensuring that systems are in place to prioritise and manage the caseload and keep updated to ensure the service has a strong evidence base and is delivered in line with national guidance.

The post-holder will be responsible for teaching and leadership within the team working alongside the Oncology Clinical Lead to support the training and development of junior staff, students and other healthcare professionals. Caseloads will be flexible and at times may involve the provision of service to other acute areas of the Trust and may also require working across 7 days.

Expected working pattern: Monday to Friday however flexible working will be considered.

Exeter is a small city that packs a big punch, it is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in England. When it comes to culture Exeter is renowned in the southwest for its independent arts scene. It is also firmly on the map as a destination for top sporting events and music and is the food capital of the southwest.

If you are interested in this role and feel you meet the criteria, please contact us to discuss it further, or arrange a visit using the contact details below.

Interview Date: TBC

For further information please contact: Louisa Taylor, Lead Oncology Dietitian on 01392 406237 and email or Catherine Tancock, Nutrition and Dietetics Service Manager on 01392 403751 and email

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

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