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Dietitian

Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems, and help people make healthy lifestyle and dietary decisions.

 

Entry requirements –

For any route you will need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science and 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology or chemistry to gain a degree in a relevant subject for a Nutrition and Dietetics 4 year degree / undergraduate degree in biochemistry /human physiology etc. or a degree apprenticeship. For the postgraduate course you should already have a degree with an acceptable level of human physiology and biochemistry.

 

Career progression –

You might take further training to use your skills in education, manufacturing, research, journalism, marketing, advertising or leadership and management.

Dietitian goals

  • early diagnosis
  • optimise nutrition management
  • reduce GP consultations
  • reduce referrals into secondary care
  • significant cost-saving strategies across the PCN

Skills you need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer