Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietitians are the only health professionals qualified to degree level that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level.

Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

We have a team of 12 dietitians and two nutrition nurses as well as one dietetic assistant who work within oncology, diabetes, weight management, nutrition support, paediatrics, critical care, surgery , medicine, gastroenterology and elderly care including stroke medicine. 

Dietitians and Nutrition nurses see inpatients and outpatients (at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bensham, Blaydon Primary Care Centre or in GP surgeries), and are able to see patients in their own home, in nursing or residential homes, at school and many other venues, such as Children’s centres, Leisure centres or community centres.

Dietitians and community nutrition assistants also ensure the best care is provided by:

  • providing training and education to groups of patients, health care staff and students
  • providing up to date written information and resources to patients and staff
  • carrying out audits & developing policies, procedures and pathways
  • liaising with the catering department to ensure hospital meals meet patients nutritional and dietary requirements

How to recognise us

Dietitians carrying out any clinical duties will be wearing a bottle green tunic with black trousers. A bottle green dress may be worn. The nutrition nurses will be wearing maroon tunics and black trousers or a maroon dress.

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