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.
Dieticians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that we always work to the highest standard.
The services we offer
We provide services across a range of specialities, working closely with doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals, to ensure the best care is provided. Speciality areas that we cover include Oncology, Stroke, Diabetes, Frailty, Paediatrics, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Surgery, Neurology, Nutrition Support, and Home Enteral Tube Feeding. We provide individual therapeutic dietary advice to patients on the wards, in outpatients departments, specialist clinics, in nursing/care homes, schools, and when required see patients in their own homes.
To support our work, we also:
- We provide training and education to patient groups, including DAFNE (for patients with diabetes) to health care staff and students.
- Provide resources of up-to-date written information to patients and staff.
- Undertake research and audit, developing nutrition policies, procedures, and pathways.
- Liaise with the catering department; ensuring hospital meals meet patient’s nutritional and dietary requirements.
Patients are seen on a referral basis. For inpatients, referrals can be made by ward-based healthcare staff using the electronic referral system, for outpatients referrals community healthcare professionals e.g. GP, Nurse can refer to the service directly. We currently do not have a weight management service, so, unfortunately, are unable to see patients to support them to lose weight.