Dietitians are qualified and regulated healthcare professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.

They work with healthy and sick people in a variety of settings – this can involve working in the food industry, workplace, catering, education, sport and the media, as well as in primary care. Other care pathways include mental health, learning disabilities, community, acute settings and public health.

A dietitian often works as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team to treat complex clinical conditions such as diabetes, food allergy and intolerance, IBS syndrome, eating disorders, chronic fatigue, malnutrition, kidney failure and bowel disorders. They advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals.

Specialist dietitians working in primary care can support patients with a wide range of conditions including obesity, diabetes, IBS and allergies. Conditions such as obesity, IBS and type 2 diabetes are amongst the biggest healthcare challenges facing the NHS. Dietitians have the expertise and behaviour change skills to support these patients more quickly and effectively, helping people manage their conditions and make important lifestyle changes.

Training opportunities

Is there any recruitment funding available to Primary Care Networks?

This is a role that is included in the Additional Roles Recruitment Scheme from April 2020. Primary Care Networks may therefore be able to access funding via the CCG to cover salary and on-costs. You can find out more about the scheme and workforce planning by contacting the GP Forward View Leads who work with the CCG’s Primary Care Team and by referring to the information in the links below:

Roadmap to Practice

A Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.

First Contact Dietitian

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