Nutrition and dietetics as a career

What do integrated nutrition professionals do?

Integrated nutrition professionals help individuals and groups achieve their health goals, meet their nutritional requirements and better manage the consequences of ill health using nutrition and lifestyle interventions, based on the highest quality evidence. They also recommend interventions which are tailored to the unique health, lifestyle and biological profile of each person and can be successfully integrated into day-to-day life.

Trained in a range of methods and disciplines, integrated nutrition professionals fully integrate their support and advice into existing healthcare and help complement and enhance other therapies and interventions already in place. They are experienced in working within multi-disciplinary healthcare teams and are able to facilitate a collaborative process between service-users, medical professionals and all other healthcare and complementary health professionals, as well as make appropriate referrals, to ensure you get the best, integrated healthcare, across your lifespan.

Integrated nutrition practitioners have a robust scientific background and a deep understanding of the complexities of human physiology in both health and disease. They are qualified to at least BSc (Hons) degree level and are knowledgeable nutrition scientists.

A rewarding health career

The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS. As we move towards delivering more integrated health and care, closer to home and out of hospital, the role of AHPs has never been more important. AHPs provide system-wide care to assess, treat, diagnose and discharge patients across social care, housing, education, and independent and voluntary sectors.

13 of the 14 allied health professions, including dietitians, are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Dietitians can work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Dietitians advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals.

Dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level, and use dietary interventions to treat complex clinical conditions such as diabetes, eating disorders, malnutrition, kidney failure and bowel disorders.

Dietetics training includes specialist skills that enable them to work in the NHS and private clinics providing specialist dietary care for patients, such as those requiring tube feeding, concurrent medical care or prescriptive dietary regimens. 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.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare, we have a place for you at the UCO!

To encourage applicants to study towards a brilliant and rewarding career in healthcare, we are pleased to offer a special introductory tuition fee discount for students who have accepted a place on our new BSc (Hons) Integrated Nutrition & Dietetics undergraduate course for 2019 entry. Students will get a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the 2019-20 academic year, and a 10% reduction in tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year.

Find out more about what is integrated nutrition and dietetics.

Apply now and get ready to tackle some of the pressing issues associated with global health! www.uco.ac.uk/nutrition

Got a question? Contact us on 020 7089 5316 or admissions@uco.ac.uk.

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