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Nutrition and Dietetics

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Dietitians use their specialist knowledge of nutritional science, medicine and social science to devise appropriate dietary modifications for patients. The main aim of dietetic intervention is to promote nutritional well-being, treat disease and prevent nutrition-related problems.

Dietitians within East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust critically review the most up to date clinical evidence to ensure that patients receive the best possible nutritional care.

Registered dietitians are the only qualified clinical nutrition specialist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). The HCPC provides a code of professional conduct which all dietitians on the register adhere to. To check to see if your dietitian is registered or for more details click

Dietitians take part in regular audits and project work to improve service delivery, update nutrition literature and produce and implement nutritional guidelines.

What do dietitians do?

  • Provide information and advice about all aspects of food, health and nutrition which is safe, practical and based on current scientific evidence.
  • Use current public health and scientific research on food, health and disease to provide practical advice to help people choose appropriate nutrition and lifestyles to improve their health.
  • Work with patients of all ages on a one to one basis, as well as working with groups of patients, carers and other healthcare professionals.
  • Train and educate other healthcare professionals in a range of diets and nutrition.
  • Develop patient information leaflets to help with the understanding and planning of therapeutic diets.

What services do our dietitians provide?

  • One-to-one appointments
  • Group sessions for patients
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Staff training