Can you tell us about your role and the difference it makes to patient care?
My role as a Dietetic Support Worker is within Paediatric Dietetics supporting specialist dieticians from both an admin and clinical perspective to ensure we provide the best treatment of care for our patients.
A major part to this role is supporting my delegated caseload, which is providing nutritional care patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease whilst they continue to receive medical treatment. This will typically involve checking patient’s anthropometry, biochemistry results, analysing oral intake, providing advice and prescribing oral nutritional supplements if required.
Aside from this, there are other tasks included in my role to ensure efficient patient care such as maintaining feed stock levels for wards, ensuring discharged patients are provided with the correct equipment or developing nutritional resources and activities.
Assisting dieticians who specialise in a range of health conditions has made me acknowledge why Dieticians are so valuable within the healthcare service. I have been able to realise how the severity of nutritional problems within patients can be treated with appropriate dietetic input.
What attracted you to being a support worker?
From studying a Human Nutrition degree, I was attracted to this role as since starting as a Dietetic Support Worker, I have been able to utilise my knowledge and apply it to patients.
In addition, I am very lucky to work with a team where I can feel supported if I feel I need to develop my nutritional understanding in relation to paediatric dietetics. This can be achieved through 1:1 tutorials and training which is allowing me to develop my CPD.
Example tutorials I have previously undertook with Dieticians relate to behavioural feeding problems, cow’s milk protein allergy, constipation and reflux. I am proud to be in a role where I am constantly learning and taking on new knowledge.