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Nutrition and Dietetics

What is a Dietitian?

Registered dietitians(RD) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.

Dietitians work with both healthy and sick people in the community and hospital settings.

We are the ONLY nutritional professionals to be regulated by law and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

Areas you might cover:

Dietitians can work in the NHS, private practice and industry as well as education research and many other areas influencing individual choice and advising on policy across the spectrum.

In NHS practice dietitians work in a variety of settings such as general and community hospitals, GP surgeries, nursing and residential homes as well as visiting patients their own home.

Who you might work with?

Dietitians are an integrated part of many teams working with Nurses, doctors, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, healthcare assistants, volunteers as well as patients and their relatives or carers.

Entry requirements and training

To work as a dietitian in the NHS you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This requires a BSc (Hons) degree (3-4 years)

To get onto  an undergraduate degree, you need:

Three A levels, usually including chemistry, maths or biology, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language and maths

or

BTEC, HND or HNC which includes science subjects
relevant NVQ
science-based access course
equivalent level Scottish or Irish qualifications

Pay, working hours and conditions

Starting salary for a Dietitian in the NHS is £24,214 per annum (band 5)

Hours of work generally 37.5 hours/week.  Mostly Mon-Fri but some weekend or evening work may be involved

Excellent NHS terms and conditions

What career opportunities do we offer locally?

In this region we have clinical dietitians working in both hospital and community roles at band 5, 6 and 7 pay grades.   

Specialist areas of work include:

Bariatrics
Critical Care
Community dietetics
Diabetes
Eating disorders
Gastroenterology
Home enteral feeding
Learning disabilities
Mental health
Oncology
Paediatrics
Renal failure
Stroke

There are also management opportunities at grades 8a and above.

Further information on NHS pay and conditions can be found at:    https://www.nhsemployers.org/pay-pensions-and-reward/agenda-for-change/pay-scales/annual

Further information

If you are interested in becoming a dietitian, you can find more information at: https://www.bda.uk.com