Imogen - Stroke & Care of the Older Person
Imogen Eaves, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
I tried a few different things before I realised I wanted to be a dietitian. Through a variety of work experience and studies at University I managed to narrow down that I really enjoyed working with people and had a keen interest in health and nutrition. This then lead me to dietetics. The fact that being a dietitian combines these aspects has meant that it is the perfect fit for me.
As an acute dietitian I work on the Stroke Unit and Care of the Elderly wards.
My caseload can be quite varied and is a mixture of patients who require nutrition support either orally through food-first approaches and/or oral nutritional supplements, or via alternative means such as nasogastric (NG) feeding.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and then worked in the food industry for a short time. I then went and worked abroad for about 6 months and the day after I got back, I attended a dietetics open day and applied for the MSc Dietetics course at Leeds Beckett University not long after. After I completed the course in 2020, I started as an acute Band 5 Dietitian at Blackpool and moved into my current role last year.
The best thing about being a dietitian is seeing the positive impact you can have on a person’s health and wellbeing.
If you’re interested in health and nutrition a career in dietetics gives opportunities in a variety of settings to positively impact the lives of others.
Nutrition is vital in recovery from illness, managing long term conditions, improving function during rehabilitation and overall quality of life and as a dietitian you champion this on behalf of your patients.