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Dietitian

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Dietitians give advice on diet to patients. They work out what foods and drinks are suitable for individual patients, to keep them healthy and to treat or prevent certain illnesses.

The Work

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Pay

Starting off as a dietitian with the NHS you would be on the Agenda for Change salary scales. The current pay scales are from April 2023. You would start on Band 5, £30,229 to £37,664 a year. With experience and specialisation you could move on to Band 6, £37,831 to £46,100 a year or Band 7, £46,244 to £53,789 a year.

Outside the NHS your income would vary according to who your employer was.

Conditions

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Getting In

To become a dietitian you need a degree (SCQF Level 9-10) approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Most dietitians work in the NHS. You might also find work with local authorities, in the food industry, education, the pharmaceutical industry, research, sports nutrition, health promotion or in the private health sector.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
6538
1.6 %
RISE
2029
6643
  United Kingdom
2024
75526
4.5 %
RISE
2029
78931

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Dietetic Association
Tel: 0121 200 8080
Website: http://www.bda.uk.com/
Twitter: @BDA_Dietitians
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishDieteticAssociation

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 6184
E-mail: education@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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