PEAS & CARROTS DIETITIAN
Charlotte Scott, UK registered Dietitian (BSc Hons Dietetics, 2009)
Charlotte Scott is a UK registered professional dietitian, living in Gozo, Malta with over 10 years experience.
She has specialist knowledge, skills and experience in vast areas in nutrition management from oncology and enteral tube feeding to weight management, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes,
gastrointestinal disorders, food intolerances and respiratory conditions.
Her experience as a professional dietitian and nutritionist includes providing education and training to patients, carers and health professionals, clinical auditing and research including patient and public involvement.
After her daughter was born in 2018, Charlotte gained a special interest in weaning and infant feeding and created this webs Peas and Carrots to share her healthy eating recipe ideas.
The British Dietetic Association
"What is a Dietitian?"
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. They work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, government and Non Government Organisations (NGOs). Dietitians advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals.
Their title is protected by law.
Minimum requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics.
Dietetic courses are structured to include biochemistry, physiology, applied sciences and research methods which underpin nutrition and dietetics. These are complemented by social and behavioural sciences and the theories of communication to support the development of skills required for professional dietetic practice.
All courses require a period of supervised practice including NHS settings, where an individual must demonstrate clinical and professional competence before being eligible to apply for registration.
What type of treatments do Dietitians offer?
Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases and conditions by educating and giving practical advice to clients, patients, carers and colleagues. They advise and help to maintain nutritional status when individuals want to trial dietary interventions such as exclusion diets, nutritional supplementation or dietary interventions in areas such as autism for which evidence is still emerging.
They use recognised methodologies to critically appraise the evidence base which includes all forms of evidence and research to inform their advice.
They cannot offer advice where there would be personal financial benefit.
Dietitians are legally able to supply and administer some prescription only medicines e.g. insulin, phosphate binders and pancreatic enzymes, through Trusts/Health Boards. They can also adjust this medication. Much of their work is spent advising/counselling other medical staff as to the best course of action in regard to an individual’s nutritional status.
"What is a Nutritionist?"
Nutritionists work in different roles including public health, health improvement, health policy, local and national government, in the private sector, Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and in education and research.
Nutritionists are qualified to provide information about food and healthy eating.
Many employers of nutritionists in all sectors will only consider recruiting Registered Nutritionists – or Registered Dietitians.
Their title is not protected by law and anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.
There are many degree courses available in nutrition. Courses that have applied and met strict standards of professional education in nutrition are accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and graduates from these courses have direct entry onto the voluntary register. It is not a legal requirement for a nutritionist to be registered with the UKVRN, which is run by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
A nutritionist who is not registered with the UKVRN may not have met or be able to meet the AfN’s recognised standards and competencies in underpinning knowledge and professional skills.
What type of treatments do nutritionists offer?
Nutritionists are qualified to provide information about food and healthy eating, but not about special diets for medical conditions.
This information was extracted from the BDA website which is a trade union body for Dietitians in the UK.
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