What is a Dietitian?

What is a Dietitian?

Choosing the right person to seek help and advice from can sometimes be a confusing task. Many people claim to be experts in nutrition yet have very limited knowledge and offer no protection to the public.

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The minimum qualification requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics.

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. We work with both healthy people and those that are unwell. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which we translate into practical guidance to enable you to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Useful links

HCPC Health & Care Professions Council