Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food.
Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into practical guidance to ensure nutritional needs are met. They are skilled at translating scientific and medical research related to food and health into evidenced based guidance for patient groups and the general public.
You'll work with individuals (children and adults) and communities.
You could, for example, work with people who:
- have digestive problems
- need to put on weight after an illness
- require alternative feeding methods, for example, tube feeding or intravenous feeding
- have a illness that requires specific dietary guidance such as kidney or liver disease, cystic fibrosis, coeliac disease, diabetes
- have a food allergy
- have an eating disorder
- require weight management advice
Dietitians also play a role in educating other professional groups with regard to nutrition and good nutritional care, such as nurses and doctors.
As well as working with other health professionals, you may supervise the work of Dietetic Support Workers and trainee dietitians. A dietitian needs a degree or post-grad qualification in Dietetics. Dietitians must follow a ‘code of conduct’ their practice is regulated by The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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