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The diversity of dietetics

  1. 1. The Diversity of Dietetics Hilary Revill – Senior Specialist Dietitian (and medical biochemistry graduate, 2000) [email_address]
  2. 2. Could you be a dietitian? <ul><li>Are you interested in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science and medicine? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do you enjoy working as part of a team? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want a job which offers a wide range of possibilities? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a communicator? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you enjoy training others? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a dietitian ? <ul><li>Dietitians work with people of all ages and cultural diversity </li></ul><ul><li>The title “Dietitian” is protected and is registered with the Health Professions Council </li></ul><ul><li>Work within a strict ethical code of conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Experts in diet and nutrition and provide evidence based and independent advice </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled in taking scientific information relating to food and translating it into terms which can be understood </li></ul>
  4. 4. Careers….. <ul><li>Hospitals –NHS and private </li></ul><ul><li>Community and Primary Care </li></ul><ul><li>Sports nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>The Food and Pharmaceutical industry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food manufacturer, food retailer, pharmaceutical company, PR company representing the client. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give unbiased advice, produce literature, respond to customer concerns, set nutritional standards </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Freelance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide range of areas – media, advising food and pharmaceutical industry, private practice, publishing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecturer in higher education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles for local/national papers, magazines, radio, television </li></ul></ul>Careers….
  6. 6. Specialities… Cardiology Renal Oncology Paediatrics Food industry Intensive care Research Elderly care Health promotion Tube feeding Nutritional Support Schools work Primary care Weight loss Sports nutrition Allergy gastroenterology Neurology The list is endless…… The media Public Health Care Homes Cook and eat sessions Mental Health
  7. 7. How to qualify… <ul><li>Two ways </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of a relevant degree in dietetics (4 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of a Post-Graduate qualification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post graduate diploma (usually 2 years) – can be converted into a Masters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NHS bursary grant available </li></ul>
  8. 8. Post graduate diploma <ul><li>Scotland : Glasgow Caledonian, Queen Margaret, Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>England : Kings College London, Leeds Metropolitan, University of Chester, London Metropolitan </li></ul><ul><li>N Ireland : University of Ulster </li></ul><ul><li>Wales : UWIC </li></ul><ul><li>See the BDA website www.bda.uk.com </li></ul><ul><li>NHS bursary grant available </li></ul>
  9. 9. What does the training consist of? <ul><li>Mixture of : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>theory - including subjects such as biochemistry, psychology, nutrition physiology, communication skills, food science, sociology and medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practical work - practice-based learning in hospital and community settings, (spread throughout the course) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Useful Websites: <ul><li>British Dietetic Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bda.uk.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetics Service (LNDS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.lnds.nhs.uk </li></ul></ul>

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