Registered dietitians assess, diagnose, educate and treat dietary and nutritional problems.
Dietitians translate their expert nutritional and dietetic knowledge into practical guidance to help prevent disease and enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. They also advise those who need a modified or special diet to treat medical conditions.
Dietitians work as part of a team caring for people in hospital or in the community. Other career opportunities include working in the food industry, public health, education, sports nutrition or in the media.
My name is Leanne and I'm a Paediatric Dietitian and I work for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
The main skills I feel I bring to my job are communication and counselling skills. The main reason being, a lot of the patients and families that we see can often find it difficult to accept or make changes to their diet.
So, the main reason I became interested in the profession of dietetics started off when I had a friend at school who had a condition that required her to make changes to her diet. At the same time at school, I was learning about nutrition that stemmed my interest in nutrition and I later applied for a nutrition and dietetics course at university.
My job is very varied. It can consist of ward work, where I see children on the ward. It can also consist of outpatient clinics, which can include a clinic on my own or with other health professionals. And it can also consist of group work, in which I do educational sessions with families, parents, and other health professionals.
My job is extremely rewarding. I would say the most rewarding part is when you see a child's growth and condition improve due to the changes I've helped them to make.