What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are degree-qualified health professionals who undertake nutritional and dietary assessments, diagnoses and treatment plans. They are regulated by law and governed by an ethical code to ensure a high standard of care.

“Dietitian” is a protected title and only allowed to be used by dietitians registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). They hold the only legally-recognised graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics in the UK.

What do Dietitians do?

  • Translate nutrition into practical advice about food, allowing people to make appropriate food choices.
  • Base all advice on up to date scientific evidence.
  • Advise on dietary therapy to treat a range of medical conditions.
  • Advise all sectors of the population on healthy eating.
  • Undertake research.
  • Advise industry and government.
  • Provide education and teaching on a wide range of nutrition and dietary topics.