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Occupational role: Dietitian

Dietitians work with individuals, groups and communities to enable people to manage their nutrition and food related issues to improve their health. Dietitians assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems, using advanced communication and behaviour change skills to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

The development of the above apprenticeship follows a set process, starting with the submission of a proposal, followed by the development of an occupational standard and subsequent consultation, finishing with the development of an end point assessment and training plan. All of the above process are managed by the Institute for Apprenticeships who approve or reject each stage of the process.

Full details of the process can be found at Institute for Apprenticeships.

Following on from the successful proposal by the profession to develop an apprenticeship standard for dietetic degree level training [level 6] in September 2017, work has been progressing on the development of an occupational standard. The standard is a document that describes what the apprentice will know, understand and be able to do at the end of their apprenticeship.

As per Skills for Health guidance, apprenticeship standards are developed by a trailblazing group which is an employer led steering group. Friday 27th October 2017 saw the first meeting of the BDA’s apprenticeship trailblazer group. The group consists of dietetic managers from the NHS and industry alongside dietitians from Universities, staff from Skills for Health and the BDA Board Members.

The draft standard went out for consultation in July/Aug 2018 and received a positive response from a variety of sources including the professional body membership, non-member dietitians and managers, employers and educators. Feedback from the consultation was used to refine the standard which can be found on the IfA website.

The dietitian apprenticeship standard has now been approved for delivery and is published on:

IFA website

Skills for Health