Megan - Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
There’s no better feeling than seeing a patient improve and benefit from our care and how much they learn from us.
My name is s Megan. I'm a Band 5 Acute Dietitian currently on my surgical rotation at Leighton Hospital.
I wanted to become a dietitian from quite a young age. I was first exposed to dietetics when my younger brother had a feeding tube placed when he was young.
He had it for many years and I saw first-hand how dietitians were involved - how important their role was and how this involvement evolved with his needs.
Each week my caseload is different. I help people through prescribing nutritional supplement drinks, devising feeding tube regimes and giving advice about specific diseases where the person may need specific dietary advice.
I also teach others, both in the hospital and community, to both healthcare staff and patients.
The journey to becoming a dietitian consists of a two- or three-year accredited university degree which includes time in clinical and non-clinical placements.
Doing this type of course is brilliant for giving you that hands on experience that you don’t always get in other university degrees - you get to see first-hand what the role consists of!
The best thing about my role is seeing your patients thrive through the plan of care you have made with them.
I also love working with students and other healthcare professionals and being able to teach them about our role and share knowledge. It’s a very rewarding career and that’s why I would recommend becoming a dietitian.