Careers in dietetics and nutrition

With patients at the heart of what we do, it is essential that we provide for their nutritional needs.

Our dietitians understand nutrition and food and its impact on physical and mental health.

They aim to help individuals make healthier choices by:

  • listening to what's important to them
  • answering their questions on food and health
  • being part of their healthcare team, advising and training colleagues
  • communicating clear, relevant messages about nutrition
  • working with chefs on recipes, ingredients and menus
  • keeping up to date with research and new information.

St Andrew’s offers challenging and rewarding opportunities to enhance your skills and experience through working with a diverse group of patients, from adolescents to older age adults.

Career development

Dietitians are expected to use their core skills and apply these in a specialist area of practice, becoming a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team.

We provide monthly individual clinical supervision, regular dietetic team meetings and training in this specialist field. There are opportunities to shadow more experienced colleagues, to participate in continuing professional development (CPD) activities and to contribute to student training.

Membership of special interest groups is encouraged.

Your first year with us

During your first year with us, you can expect to:

  • use your core skills and apply these in a specialist area of practice
  • be part of health promotion initiatives and group sessions as well as individual therapeutic interventions
  • be stretched, stimulated and enthused by the opportunity to deliver excellent nutritional care.

We expect you to show commitment to your clinical area and to the Nutrition and Dietetics team, contributing to shared working and excellent care. We also expect you to develop a sound knowledge of your patient population, their nutritional needs and effective interventions.