What is a dietitian?

Written by Sophie Claessens, RD

Ever wondered to yourself, ‘what is a dietitian?’ and how do they differ from other nutrition professionals? Read on to find out what sets registered dietitians apart.

What is a dietitian: A healthcare professional

Did you know that the title “dietitian” is legally protected, and individuals using this designation must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)? This regulatory body ensures that dietitians meet specific ethical, educational and professional standards.

A dietitian is a registered healthcare professional who is trained to assess, diagnose, and treat dietary and nutritional problems. For someone to become a registered dietitian in the UK, they must typically complete a specific degree in dietetics that is approved by the HCPC. This degree involves a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, including supervised placements in clinical settings like the NHS. The emphasis is on developing the skills needed to work with individuals and groups to promote optimal health through nutrition.

Dietitians often work in clinical settings, such as hospitals or healthcare institutions, where they collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide nutrition therapy for patients with various medical conditions. Their expertise extends to managing conditions like eating disorders, pre-diabetes, weight difficulties, and gastrointestinal (digestive) disorders, ensuring that dietary interventions are evidence-based and tailored to individual needs.

Can a registered dietitian help me?

At Fresh Approach Nutrition, we are a team of registered dietitians (Sophie, Rachel and Aoife), specialising in digestive health, weight management, chronic conditions like pre-diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and eating disorders. We help people improve their relationship with food by providing scientifically backed, realistic, and non-judgemental dietary advice. If you feel lost in a world of diet plans, conflicting nutritional advice, and generic information that isn’t quite working for you, it’s best to seek support from a registered dietitian. The advice we give you will be based on solid scientific research, and will take into account your lifestyle, preferences and routine. 

If what we’ve said here has helped in making your decision and you feel certain that you need a registered dietitian, then you’re in the right place! You can read more here about our team to find out which dietitian would be best for you to see. We’d love to hear from you so please do get in touch to book a discovery call today to find out how we can help you.

Fresh Approach Nutrition

Our team of registered dietitians help people in Bristol and across the UK to overcome their struggles with food and to achieve their dietary goals.

We aim to cut through the confusion of dietary advice on the internet and in the media, and to give our clients the fresh approach they need to see real results.