Meet Scott, a dietitian

Meet Scott, a dietitian

November 6, 2019 1 By William Morgan


I’m Scott, and I’m currently acting head
of nutrition and dietetics here at Sunderland
Royal Hospital.
A dietitian is someone who is uniquely qualified
at degree level to translate scientific information
about food into practical dietary advice.
As a dietitian, you have to do a degree at
four-years undergraduate level to study a
recognised course in nutrition and dietetics.
Post-graduate level would be two years to
get the dietitian title.
Predominantly you are going to follow a career
in the NHS, although you can follow routes
in food industry, media, sports nutrition,
health promotion, education, research, all
those kind of areas as well.
A basic day as a dietitian, would be coming
in to work and picking up on referrals that
come through from the wards and then assessing
patients. You liaise with many health professionals
in the way of nursing staff and doctors but
also other healthcare professionals to do
with therapies, so like physio for example.
For me the job satisfaction plays a big part
and for dietitians and other professions within
the NHS that job satisfaction probably comes
from the rapport you get with seeing patients
from when they’re first referred and following
them though their patient journey.
The challenges of working as a dietitian in
the NHS is that you are referred many patients
and it’s keeping on top of caseloads when
you have many other responsibilities to take
into account. So it’s the challenges of
being able to do that and feel like you’re
doing a proper job without cutting corners
because fundamentally patient care is a priority.