Lucy - Dietitian

Who’s this?

Lucy is a dietitian within the medical and oncology team which specialises in the aftercare of patients that have had head and neck surgery, haematology and stroke patients at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Lucy first came across the term dietitian when she was 15 years old by doing a short career test to look into job roles that may appeal to her, she did not pursue this career initially when taking her A-levels, but later decided that she did want to become a dietitian. Lucy went on to achieve a foundation degree in Life Sciences before going on to successfully gain a Batchelor of Science in Dietetics. Lucy decided to travel for four months after qualifying as a dietitian before successfully gaining her current role at CMFT

What do they do?

Lucy has a case load of in-patients and receives daily patient referrals and prioritises her own workload accordingly. Lucy has patients in seven wards and also sees out-patients on a monthly basis in the clinic. The patients that Lucy treats have various conditions which make her role very varied, prescribing and monitoring the feeds of patients that may be fed via a feeding tube directly into the stomach. Lucy also treats patients that have conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Diabetes supporting them in order to maintain an optimum weight by advising their individual dietary needs. Lucy has lots of notes to write up after seeing each patient, as well as writing up reports for the medical team, as well as addressing emails and attending departmental meetings. Lucy works with students, supporting them whilst on placement, as part of their dietetic degree and is a member of the working group that supports the students. Lucy has just completed her first year as a qualified dietitian and feels that she has been supported really well by her team enabling her to gain lots of new experience within her role with lots of opportunities available to her to work in lots of areas

What’s the best thing about their role?

Lucy really enjoys the patient contact as part of her role and the fantastic mix of patients that she sees on a daily basis

Where are they going from here?

Lucy is looking forward to progressing into a specialised role and is currently enjoying working within lots of different areas to help her decide what are she would like to specialise in within dietetics

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Dietitian normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Dietitian where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Dietitian section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.