Abigail Price - Senior Lecturer for Nutrition and Dietetics
A career as a dietitian opens so many opportunities for someone who is interested in science and health and wants to work with interesting people in unique working environments and these opportunities are developing all the time.
Dietitians have an ability to take evidenced based research and turn it into practical, patient-centred advice for our patients and clients. This makes us feel confident in our role as experts in clinical nutrition.
We get to work as part of an Allied Health Professional workforce amongst inspirational Healthcare Professionals and make a difference in people’s lives and careers.
Abigail Price, University of Chester
I trained to become a dietitian because I was interested in science in relation to health and disease and I wanted to work in a healthcare setting alongside other amazing healthcare professionals.
I spent 16 years mainly in the acute adult setting at the Countess of Chester Hospital and it was a fantastic place to spend that time. I was able to gain lots of different clinical and leadership experiences and learn from some inspirational colleagues across the trust. This is also where I met my professional mentor who has supported and guided me with different career decisions and questions I had along the way.
In 2020 I moved from the NHS to the University of Chester, as a lecturer and clinical placement co-ordinator on the dietetics programme. This was a difficult move for me as I loved my job as a clinical dietitian and being a part of the NHS but it was time for a new challenge.
After taking a secondment opportunity in August 2020 I am now working as a full-time lecturer alongside other dietitians and nutritionists within a dedicated team who are leading the way in research and providing support to students in Clinical Sciences and Nutrition who will go on to be the future workforce.
Being a Programme Lead at the University has its challenges but it is so rewarding to watch the dietetic students develop their knowledge and skills and thrive on their clinical placements. There is a big sense of achievement in contributing to the dietetic workforce and being there at the start of people’s dietetic careers.
Dietetic students work really hard both from an academic and a practice placement perspective so it is a pleasure to support them alongside colleagues in the Clinical Sciences and Nutrition Department at Chester.