Why Choose a Dietitian?
What is the difference between a Dietitian and a nutritionist?
A Dietitian is the only qualified health professional who assesses, diagnoses and treats diet and nutrition problems. Dietitians are degree-qualified, and are registered with the “Health and Care Professions Council” (HCPC), which means that they are the only nutritional professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code. This ensures that they always work to the highest standard. The title ‘Dietitian’ is a protected title, meaning that only Dietitians registered with the HCPC are allowed to use the title. Dietitians are experienced in translating nutrition science into understandable, practical information about food, allowing people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. The HCPC also requires Dietitians to follow very high standards around communication, record keeping and keeping up to date with continuing professional development. Click here to check if your Dietitian is registered with the HCPC.
A nutritionist is not regulated in the same way as a Dietitian. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, meaning it is really important that you check the qualifications of a nutritionist if you are planning to use one. The British Dietetic Association has recently published a guide to help you distinguish between Dietitians, nutritionists, nutritional therapists and diets experts. The British Dietetic Association has also recently launched a new campaign called ‘Trust a Dietitian’, highlighting the value and work of Dietitians in the UK.
Why choose a Dietitian?
‘Dietitian’ is a protected title, meaning that only Dietitians registered with the Health and Care Professions Council are allowed to use the title. This means that by choosing a Dietitian, you will receive a quality service and can be assured of exceptional standards of advice and care.