The Med Shed

Dietitian

THE WORKING DAY

You’re based at Castle Hill Hospital and your day starts with a call to the Queen’s Centre to check nasogastric tube feeds you’ve arranged for a patient.

It’s an outpatient clinic next and the first appointment is a young woman recently diagnosed with coeliac disease. After discussing what the condition means, you help her to plan a suitable diet avoiding gluten-containing foods and tell her how she can qualify for some foods, like gluten-free bread, on prescription. You also see patients with diabetes, a child struggling with her weight and a lady with raised cholesterol levels.

At the end of the clinic, you return to the office and sort out messages from the ward and after lunch, you attend a multidisciplinary team meeting on the ward to discuss the progress of patients in your care. Then, you head off to Cottingham High to talk to parents and teachers about encouraging a healthy food culture.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re interested in science and food and enjoy communicating with people of different ages and backgrounds. You can explain complex things simply and can adapt well to unexpected situations where no two days are the same.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs (or the equivalent), including maths and English. After obtaining good GCSE grades, you’ll be ready to take at least two A-Levels.

You’ll need at least two A-Levels of which at least one must be a science subject. In reality, you’re likely to need 3 A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications).