Profession dietitian

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Dietician's plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Social

Tasks dietitian

  • Analyze clients' nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health.
  • Develop and implement dietary care plans.
  • Provide nutritional counseling and give advice on nutrition and related food services.
  • Keep records of clients' dietary care plans, progress and condition.
  • Monitor clients' diet.
  • Consult with health care professionals to set up nutritional needs and diet restrictions for patients or clients.
  • Educate individuals and groups about nutrition, e.g. healthy eating habits.
  • Participate in the education and training of students, medical professionals and other health professionals.
  • Take part in preventative health programmes.
  • Conduct and assess dietary studies and other food and nutrition related research.

Related professions counselor, educator

  • Early childhood educator
  • Nutrition information officer

Knowledge

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Composition of diets

    The planning, selection, composition and manufacturing of diets for healthy and ill persons.

  • Obesity

    The causes, pathophysiology and effects on health of the excess of body fat.

  • Food science

    The study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food and the scientific concepts underlying food processing and nutrition.

  • Counselling methods

    Counselling techniques used in different settings and with various groups and individuals, especially concerning methods of supervision and mediation in the counselling process.

  • Rehabilitation

    The methods and procedures used to help an ill or injured person restore lost skills and regain self-sufficiency and control.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

  • Calculation of food energy

    The summing up of the total energy of food by adding together the energy provided by the proteins, total fat, carbohydrates and dietary fibers contained in one meal or food product.

  • Food hygiene rules

    The set of national and international regulations for hygiene of foodstuffs and food safety, e.g. regulation (EC) 852/2004.

  • Health care occupation-specific ethics

    The moral standards and procedures, ethical questions and obligations specific to occupations in a health care setting such as respect for human dignity, self-determination, informed consent and patient confidentiality.

  • Food labels

    The utility of food labels; their meaning and role in encouraging a healthful diet.

  • Human physiology

    The science of the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical and biochemical functions of humans, their organs and cells in good health.

  • Biological chemistry

    Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Epidemiology

    The branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution and control of diseases. The disease aetiology, transmission, outbreak investigation, and comparisons of treatment effects.

  • Nutrition of healthy persons

    The type of nutrition needed for healthy individuals of all ages.

  • Clinical examinations in dietetics

    Methods used to evaluate clinical skills in dietetics.

  • Medical terminology

    The meaning of medical terms and abbreviations, of medical prescriptions and various medical specialties and when to use it correctly.

  • Dietetics

    The human nutrition and dietary modification for optimizing health in clinical or other environments. The role of nutrition in promoting health and preventing illness across the life spectrum.

  • Sociology

    The group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • Supervision of persons

    The act of directing one individual or a group of individuals in a certain activity.

  • Nutritional adequacy of food intake

    The daily nutrient recommendations of food intake for dietary planning and how nutrients play an important part in promoting health and optimal functioning.

  • Food allergies

    The types of food allergies within the sector, which substances trigger allergies, and how they can be replaced or eliminated (if possible).

  • Medical informatics

    The processes and tools used for the analysis and dissemination of medical data through computerized systems.

  • Eating disorders

    The various types, pathophysiology and psychology of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorders and how they can be treated.

  • Food legislation

    Legislation related to the food and feed industry including food manufacturing, hygiene, safety, raw materials, additives, GMOs, labelling, environmental and trade regulations.

  • Pathology

    The components of a disease, the cause, mechanisms of development, morphologic changes, and the clinical consequences of those changes.

  • Professional documentation in health care

    The written standards applied in the health care professional environments for documentation purposes of one`s activity.

  • Pharmacology

    Pharmacology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

  • Paediatrics

    Paediatrics is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

Skills

  • Educate healthcare users on nutrition

    Help healthcare users and caregivers with choosing meals from a modified therapeutic selective menu, explaining nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, food selection and preparation and providing and explaining materials and publications to support the nutrition care plan.

  • Intervene to reduce sub-optimal nutritional status of individuals

    Suggest remediation to improve the nutritional status of individuals to an optimal state.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Manage healthcare users' data

    Keep accurate client records which also satisfy legal and professional standards and ethical obligations in order to facilitate client management, ensuring that all clients' data (including verbal, written and electronic) are treated confidentially.

  • Prepare promotional materials on nutritition

    Prepare information packs, brochures and other promotional materials to provide information about nutrition to health professionals and the public.

  • Train medical staff on nutrition

    Provide training on nutrition to nurses and other medical staff, as well as catering staff.

  • Offer advice on diet-related concerns

    Offer advice on dietary concerns such as overweight or elevated cholesterol levels.

  • Monitor the nutrition status of the individual

    Follow up the nutrition status of patients, their weight, food and fluid intake and nutritional care plan to identify and control the effects of diet changes.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Deal with emergency care situations

    Assess the signs and be well-prepared for a situation that poses an immediate threat to a person's health, security, property or environment.  

  • Provide dietetic diagnosis

    Apply a holistic approach in diagnosing or providing a clinical impression of [delete: the his] a patient's condition resulting from illness, age, or disability and plan nutrition accordingly, in order to improve symptoms. [delete: identify symptoms or impairments corresponding to this]

  • Conduct nutrition research

    Conduct nutrition research to help in improving the health of the population, focusing on common issues such as cardiometabolic risk and obesity, intestinal function, musculoskeletal health and nutritional vulnerabilities.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Develop policies for nutritional programs

    Develop policies for food service or nutritional programs to assist in health promotion and disease control.

  • Support individuals on nutrition changes

    Encourage and support individuals in their strive to keep realistic nutritional goals and practices in their day to day diet.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Provide treatment strategies for challenges to human health

    Identify possible treatment protocols for the challenges to human health within a given community in cases such as infectious diseases of high consequences at the global level.

  • Perform nutrition analysis

    Determine and calculate the nutrients of food products from available sources including food labels.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Advise on healthcare users' informed consent

    Ensure patients/clients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments so they can give informed consent, engaging patients/clients in the process of their care and treatment.

  • Identify the health benefits of nutritional changes

    Recognize the effects of nutritional changes on human organism and how they impact it positively.

  • Use e-health and mobile health technologies

    Use mobile health technologies and e-health (online applications and services) in order to enhance the provided healthcare.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Supervise food in healthcare

    Supervise the food, menus and meals provided in a health care setting to ensure compliance with health safety and hygienic standards.

  • Inform policy makers on health-related challenges

    Provide useful information related to health care professions to ensure policy decisions are made in the benefit of communities.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Advise on preparation of diet food

    Formulate and supervise nutrition schemes to meet special dietary needs, such as low-fat or low-cholesterol diets, or gluten free.

  • Advise food industry

    Give councelling to food service managers and organisations, on matters related to nutrition such as menu development, food composition, budgeting, planning, sanitation, safety procedures, and process for a better nutritional profile of food. Assist with the establishment, proper functioning, and assessment of food service facilities and nutrition programs.

  • Measure nutritional health status using appropriate tools

    Review patient`s clinical information obtained through physician referral, laboratory reports and health records, conducting consultations with patients to obtain relevant information and assess their nutritional status.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

  • Educate on the prevention of illness

    Offer evidence-based advice on how to avoid ill health, educate and advise individuals and their carers on how to prevent ill health and/or be able to advise how to improve their environment and health conditions. Provide advice on the identification of risks leading to ill health and help to increase the patients' resilience by targeting prevention and early intervention strategies.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Deliver group sessions on nutrition

    Deliver information on good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to groups.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Follow up nutrition care plan

    Note the patient`s response to the diet program and calculate and record dietary intake of patients on medical records. Modify nutrition care plan as necessary and provide patients with follow-up training on topics such as nutrition, food preparation, and record keeping.

  • Identify the dietetic professional quality of care

    Ensure the highest quality of care provided through dietetic interventions and nutrition-based advice.

  • Identify cause of nutritional imbalance

    Recognize the possible root causes of nutritional disproportions and their physiological or psychological nature.

  • Formulate dietetic intervention

    Select types and amounts of food for therapeutic diets based on indicated physiological and psychological needs of the patient, developing an individualised nutrition plan for the patient.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Work in a multicultural environment in health care

    Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

Optional knowledge and skills

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