At The Pain And Injury relief Clinic, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, our philosophy of health is simple: Move well, eat well, and think well. Maintenance of a healthy and balanced diet is an essential pillar to this triune of optimum health, and thats why we strive to promote a standard of excellence in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics services, here in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire. Whether your ambition is to improve your diet and nutrition for overall health or to optimise sports training efficiency, our Specialist Dietitian, Sarah Howe will thoroughly assess your current diet and nutritional status to make specific and tailored recommendations to help to achieve those goals.
what is the role of a Dietitian?
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
WhY you would benefit from seeing a dietitian?
Irrespective of whether you're healthy and well; looking to take a proactive step to improve your general health, or if you're seeking treatment/management of a specific condition/disorder/problem, you're likely to benefit from seeing our Specialist Dietitian, Sarah Howe, here at The Pain And Injury Relief Clinic, Henley In Arden, Warwickshire. Working on a one-to-one basis, or as part of our wider team of specialist clincians, Specialist Dietitian, Sarah Howe can help improve your health and lifestyle if:
you are wanting or needing to lose weight in a safe, sensible, and sustainable way
you want to boost your athletic performance
You want to improve your general fitness levels
You want to enhance your body composition
you suffer with digestive problems
you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coeliac Disease or HIV
you think you have an allergy or intolerance to a certain food
you would like advice about eating disorders
you need to gain weight following a period of ill-health or as the result of a medical condition
you are considering surgery to lose weight
you want advice about breastfeeding and weaning
you want to maximise your chances of becoming pregnant
you are a carer and want credible and practical advice to ensure the person/s you are caring for is/are getting the appropriate nutrition in their diet/s.
What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
The title ‘Dietitian’ is protected by law protected by law, whereas the title 'Nutritionist' is not. Therefore, anyone can call themselves a 'Nutritionist', irrespective of their level of professional qualification.
Dietitians are the only diet and nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Only those registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of 'Dietitian'.
What type of treatments do dietitians offer?
Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases and conditions by educating and giving practical advice to clients, patients, carers and colleagues. They advise and help to maintain nutritional status when individuals want to trial dietary interventions such as exclusion diets, nutritional supplementation or dietary interventions in areas such as autism, for which evidence is still emerging. They use recognised methodologies to critically appraise the evidence base which includes all forms of evidence and research to inform their advice.
They cannot offer advice where there would be personal financial benefit.
Dietitians are legally able to supply and administer some prescription-only medicines e.g. insulin, phosphate binders and pancreatic enzymes, through trusts/health boards. They can also adjust this medication. Much of their work is spent advising/counselling other medical staff as to the best course of action in regard to an individual’s nutritional status.
What qualifications do dietitians have?
The minimum requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics. Dietetic courses are structured to include biochemistry, physiology, applied sciences and research methods which underpin Nutrition and Dietetics. These are complemented by social and behavioural sciences and the theories of communication to support the development of skills required for professional dietetic practice.
All courses require a period of supervised practice including NHS settings, where an individual must demonstrate clinical and professional competence before being eligible to apply for registration. Courses must be approved by the HCPC and demonstrate that graduates meet the Standards of Proficiency for Dietetics.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the professional body for dietitians and is also responsible for designing the curriculum for the profession.
As is the case here at The Pain And Injury Relief Clinic, Henley In Arden, Warwickshire, dietitians often work as integral members of multi-disciplinary teams to treat complex clinical conditions such as diabetes, food allergy and intolerance, bowel disorders, eating disorders, chronic fatigue, malnutrition and kidney failure. They also advise on diet to avoid the side effects and interactions between medications.
If you wish to book and appointment with our Specialist Dietitian, Sarah Howe, or would like further information about our Dietetics and Nutrition services here at The Pain And InJury Relief Clinic, Henley In Arden, Warwickshire, please click the 'Book an Appointment' tab in the top right hand corner of the screen.
You may like to follow the blog Sarah contributes to: Dietitian's Life. Here you will find hot topic nutrition articles and recipes.