Dietitians Week 2021 is running from 7-11th of June this year. The British Dietetics Association (BDA) use this week to focus on a number of themes including encouraging more people to consider a career in dietetics.
Here is some information on why you should choose Dietetics as a career path:
What does the role of a Dietitian entail?
Dietitians use the science of nutrition to treat conditions by educating and giving practical advice to patients to help them make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. They can help treat various clinical conditions such as: diabetes, food allergies and kidney failure.
How do you qualify to be a Dietitian?
You need to complete a degree level qualification in Dietetics. To work in the UK as a Dietitian you will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). While not essential, it is also advisable to become a member of the British Dietetics Association (BDA). This membership will give you access to innovative research, provide professional insurance, legal services and has options for Continual Professional Development to help you improve your career.
Where do Dietitians work?
Dietitians can work in a variety of settings including hospitals and private clinics as well as the food, education and sport industries. It gives you the opportunity to work alongside colleagues from all kinds of other professions, from doctors and nurses to teachers and athletes.
What does a typical day entail?
Depending on the area you work in, you could meet patients within a hospital, home or community setting. A dietitian will assess, diagnose and treat individuals depending on their nutritional needs. A typical day will include carrying out assessments, completing reports and providing feedback to patients and to other team members.
What are the typical working hours?
Working hours can vary but typically most Dietitians work 37.5 hours per week, this may include some evenings and weekends. At Direct Medics we can find you a long-term locum role to suit your lifestyle!
Typical salary for a Dietitian
Salaries are dependent on the band you currently work in and the organisation you are working for. The current salary band brackets for dietitians in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England are:
• Band 5 – £24,907 – £30,615
• Band 6 – £31,365 – £37,890
• Band 7 – £38,890 – £44,503
What can Direct Medics offer you?
We currently recruit Dietitians for long-term locum roles in NHS Hospitals, community and private sector settings across Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. We are currently offering newly qualified Band 5 Dietitians £100 towards their HCPC Registration fee*. T&Cs apply
If you are currently looking for a Dietetics role, check out our jobs board for our latest opportunities and apply today!
For more information on choosing Dietetics as a career path, visit the British Dietetics Association website for more information and advice.