What is a dietitian?
Dietitians are uniquely qualified to translate scientific information about food into practical dietary advice in order to influence health and disease. The title "dietitian" or "dietician" is a protected title with the Health Professions Council. This means that they have to undergo rigorous training and demonstrate fitness to practice to remain on the register and must have completed at least an honours undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics as well as having undergone a clinical placement.
At Achilles Heel our dietitian is registered with the HPC so you can relax in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.
What can a dietitian do for me?
Dietitians work in a wide range of environments specialising in various different areas of nutrition. At Achilles Heel our dietitian can help you with the following:
- Healthy Eating
- Weight Gain
- Weight Loss
- Diabetes - dietary management
- Cardiovascular (Heart) disease - prevention
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- High Cholesterol
- Pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Sports Nutrition
What's the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how nutrients are used by the body, and the relationship between diet, health and disease. Dietitians are registered with the Health Professions Council whereas nutritionists are not. The title "nutritionist" is therefore not protected so many people can gain a qualification in nutrition but are not regulated by a professional body. As a result dietitians work in a variety of settings including hospitals, GP practices, primary care trusts, public health bodies and private clinics.
What to expect on my first visit?
We would suggest that you contact the clinic directly where you will have a chance to speak to our dietitian for a brief telephone interview. This will enable our dietitian to identify your needs and expectations and she will then be able to determine if seeing a dietitian will help you. She may also ask you to start keeping a food diary prior to your first appointment in order to get the most out of each consultation.
The initial consultation lasts 1 hour and involves our dietitian taking a full history and assessment and identifying any medical conditions you may have. Our dietitian will probably want to identify your current weight so with your consent she will weigh you at your first appointment - but don't panic you won't have to remove any clothes! Having identified your needs the dietitian will then provide you with a treatment plan in order to enable you to achieve your goal whatever that may be. All information is treated with the strictest confidence and consultations are held in private rooms so there is plenty of privacy for you to speak with the dietitian about any worries or concerns you may have.
Your dietitian will then discuss any follow up appointments that should be made. We understand that changing your diet is a huge thing and may even involve changing some habits of a lifetime! This can require a lot of will power and we feel it's important to provide you with support to help you along the way. Your dietitian will discuss ways of providing you with this support as it may be some weeks before you see her again.