Role of Department

The Nutrition and Dietetic Department provides a service to both acute and primary care.  

Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of the science of nutrition to enable people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle; in both health and disease by:

Manipulation of Nutrients in Disease

  • Nutritional intervention.
  • Nutritional education – behavioural change.

 The Purpose:

  • To provide nutrition and dietary advice to individuals or groups by assessing their nutritional requirements and advising on the most appropriate therapeutic diets.
  • To provide an equitable service based on clinical need and current national standards of care.
  • To take into account key strategic influences when planning service provision.
  • To work collaboratively with other service providers e.g. other Health Boards, Social Services, voluntary organisations and Higher Education Institutions.
  • To promote nutritional well being to the public within all age groups, ethnic groups and in all social and financial circumstances, to prevent food related problems.
  • To provide nutritional training, education and information for health professionals, other agencies and the public.

  Dietetic Practice 

Dietitians work in complex situations to improve health outcomes


Integrating social, clinical and dietary information from a variety of sources


Make professional judgments


Work with service users to

plan and implement evidence based interventions

which leads to

Improved nutritional health


Improved outcomes for service users

The service includes; Acute Services, ANITT, CAMHS, Diabetes, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Nutritional Support, Older People, Paediatrics, Primary Care, Health Improvement and Adult Weight Management


1st June 2016


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