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Stacey - Dietetic Assistant Practitioner, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Since completing my human nutrition degree, I knew I wanted to work in the NHS in the dietetics department and feel grateful to work with a great team. 

My journey so far has included completing a science degree then a human nutrition degree. I've worked as a Health Champion, a Healthy Lifestyles Coach, a Dietetic Support Worker, and now a Dietetic Assistant Practitioner. 

I hope one day to complete a dietetic degree apprenticeship.

I work on various acute hospital wards from gastroenterology to general medical, assessing patients who have been identified as at-risk for malnutrition, and reviewing patients for the dietitians. I contribute to the recovery of patients through nutrition and working in a multidisciplinary team with various other health professionals.

I also provide training on the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) to new Healthcare Assistants in the Trust. There is never a dull moment.

What is the best thing about working in dietetics as an assistant practitioner?

Working in a team and contributing to the recovery of unwell patients on a variety of acute wards. Helping others!