What is a dietitian and what do they do?

Only dietitians registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the legally protected title ‘dietitian’ and they are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

A dietitian is a health professional who:

  • Holds a graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics
  • Helps to promote nutritional well being, manages disease and prevents nutrition related      problems
  • Provides practical safe advice based on current scientific evidence
  • Translates nutrition science into understandable, practical information about food, allowing people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices
  • Manages a range of medical conditions with dietary therapy, specially tailored to each individual

Many insurance companies will cover the cost for seeing a dietitian for a medical condition. Usually a doctor’s referral is required