Alicia, Lucy & Catherine
Lucy Vousden, Student Dietitian, University of Chester
My interest in dietetics started during my GCSEs where I chose to do food science and nutrition. This introduced me to what a dietitian was and sparked my interest in nutrition. I chose my A-levels with the end goal of being a dietitian in mind.
During my degree I've spent time on placement with community dietetic teams in Oldham and Salford. I am currently on my final placement with the acute dietetic team at Salford Royal Hospital and have secured my first job after qualifying with the community weight management team.
Alicia Beresford, Student Dietitian, University of Chester
I always knew I wanted to work in a patient care environment and combined with a keen interest in food and cooking, dietetics was the career path to follow.
I studied Biology, Chemistry and History at A-level and went on to study Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester. So far during my degree training I've been on placement at the Minerva Centre in Preston (which is part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust) with a great team of community dietitians. I am currently on placement at the Salford Royal Hospital, working in both acute and community. It’s only the start of my dietetic career and look forward to graduating at the end of this year.
Catherine Seal, Student Dietitian, University of Chester
I have always had a passion for food, an interest in human biology and have always wanted to work for the NHS. I studied biology, psychology and physical education for my A-levels. After lots of research, dietetics was the best fit for me.
I'm in the final year of my degree and currently undertaking my final placement which involves both acute and community opportunities. As a student I get to experience many areas of dietetics which is a great learning opportunity. I will be working within a team and independently with the support of my peers and the dietitians.
You should become a dietitian to help improve the quality of life of people struggling with their diet and nutrition.
The best thing about being a dietitian is being able to improve someone’s health and quality of life through nutrition.
Dietitians are great at problem solving and patient centred care. Each care plan is specially tailored to each patients need.
The importance of nutrition and healthy eating has really come to the forefront of everyone’s mind in recent years and with it a lot of misinformation. Through education, training and practice, a dietitian can filter the misinformation and nutrition myths. Become a dietitian and be the voice of evidenced based nutrition and health practice.
I enjoy speaking to patients and helping them to achieve their nutritional goals to support their health. I also love working alongside so many supportive staff members.
It is a challenging and exciting role. It is great to support members of the public and work alongside many amazing colleagues. In addition to working in an acute or community setting, there are many career opportunities for dietitians including education, sports, public health, product development and many more!