Neil - Specialist Dietitian

Who’s this?

Neil is a specialist Dietitian and is currently working with patients suffering from pancreatic and liver cancers. He works within a pre-habitation project alongside a physiotherapist supporting patients to become fitter thus enabling them to prepare for surgery. The project is supported by Macmillan Cancer Charity and is based at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Neil had always enjoyed science at school, after gaining his A-levels, he went on to achieve a degree in human biology completing a nutrition module as part of the degree which he really enjoyed. Neil then went on to successfully achieve a post graduate diploma in dietetics, gaining his first qualified position as a rotational dietitian within the NHS. He covered a wide range of conditions and developed the core skills needed as a dietitian. Neil has specialised within Gastroenterology and surgery before going on to successfully gain his current role working within an innovative Macmillan project as a senior specialist dietitian.

What do they do?

Neil predominantly works with outpatients attending clinics throughout the week, carrying out thorough nutritional assessments and measuring their functional abilities, with the aid of tools such as handgrip strength and the Patient Generated Subjective Global Assessment tool that measures nutritional status of cancer patients. Neil currently works with patients that are suffering from cancer of the pancreas to ensure they are being given the correct dietetic treatment for their condition, as this organ plays a vital role in the digestion and absorption of our diet. Neil also provides nutritional guidance once surgery has taken place on the hospital wards and again in clinic, writing to the patients GP informing them of the treatment that has been put in place for the patient to support their recovery.

What’s the best thing about their role?

Neil really enjoys seeing the positive results after working with patients, supporting them through surgery and their recovery enabling them to return home and continue with their lives

Where are they going from here?

Neil really enjoys the clinical side of his role and would like to further specialise and become an expert within this current area, possibly going on to become a lecturer in the future to pass on the knowledge he has gained

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Specialist Dietitian normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Specialist Dietitian where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Specialist Dietitian section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.