Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals who diagnose and treat diet-related problems and nutritional issues and help to raise awareness of the link between food and health. As a Dietitian in the UK, you’ll be required to translate scientific nutritional research into easy-to-understand and practical advice, to help patients make healthy choices regarding their food and lifestyle.
One question you might have, as you start to consider your UK move is, how much would I earn as a Dietitian in the UK. This blog will answer that question, along with a few others you might be unsure of.
As an NHS Dietitian, you’ll be expected to work in a hospital or community setting. A few of your tasks will include undertaking nutritional assessments of patients with diet-related disorders, educating and advising them on practical ways to better their health, improving nutritional care plans, and delivering sessions to other healthcare professionals or patient groups.
Firstly, you’ll need to complete a Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree in dietetics (either an undergrad degree, or a post-grad course in a relevant subject). The degree will also need to be accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
Secondly, you will need to be registered with the HCPC before you can practice as a Dietitian in the UK.
If you’re looking to work for the NHS as a Dietitian, you’ll be paid in accordance with the NHS’ nine pay bands – more information about these, here. The starting salary for an NHS Dietitian ranges from £25,655 - £31,534 (band 5), with Dietitians at a specialist level earning £32,306 - £39,027. At the highest level of the profession – e.g., Head of Nutrition and Dietetic service – salaries can rise to £75,874 (band 8c). Roles in London can also offer a ‘cost of living’ allowance too.
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