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Dietetic Assistant


Dietetic assistants are vital in helping people with their diet and nutrition. They help people by advising them on how their food choices can lead to more fulfilling and healthier lives.

In hospitals dietetic assistants may help patients choose from the hospital menu, order supplies for the department, monitor a patient’s food, input data on patients’ records, show patients how to use feeding tubes and pumps, weigh patients and explain a patient’s diet/nutrition plan.

They could work with people who:

  • have digestive problems
  • want to lose weight
  • have a condition which affects their ability to eat, such as cancer
  • need to put on weight after an illness
  • are HIV positive
  • have an eating disorder
  • have an allergy


You will need:

  • an interest in science and food
  • an interest in people and their lifestyles
  • a positive and motivating attitude
  • an understanding approach
  • patience
  • an understanding of science
  • be able to explain complex things simply
  • organisation skills
  • communication skills


There are no set entry requirements for dietetic assistants. Employers expect good numeracy and literacy and some experience or qualifications in health or social care. Employers may ask for GCSEs in English and Maths. Science may also be useful. Employers may ask for an NVQ, BTEC or equivalent qualification in health and social care or healthcare.

It would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, in paid employment or voluntary work.

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