Macmillan Specialist Dietitian, Complex Cancer and Specialist Palliative Care
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Viv has worked as a Macmillan Specialist Dietitian for over 15 years, initially becoming the first community-based Macmillan Dietitian in North East London. Whilst working in this post, she became interested in the care of patients with head and neck cancer, providing advice and support following treatment.
She then moved to work as a Macmillan Head and Neck Dietitian at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, a regional treatment centre for this specialist area. During this time, she wrote an article on nutrition and head and neck cancer for Dietetics Today and presented a poster on gastrostomy use and weight loss at the European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam in 2013.
Viv has a wide experience in the field of dietetics including teaching and training. She is currently involved in providing advice and support to patients with a complex cancer or specialist palliative diagnosis and works as part of a specialist therapy team, based in a Hospice in Greater Manchester. She has set up a joint rehabilitation clinic with the Macmillan Speech and Language Therapist for patients with head and neck cancer.