Working as a dietitian

At last count there were 50 dietitians employed in our department as well as dietetic assistants and administration staff.

A dietitian is a protected profession, meaning each dietitian needs to have undertaken an accredited course and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This body regulates dietetic and other health care professionals practice. If you would like to find out more information about this or to see if your health professional is on the register please visit the HCPC website.

Our department dietitians are divided in to 4 subgroups to cover the wide range of specialities seen at Addenbrooke's in both the inpatient and outpatient setting:

  • Oncology and nutritional support,
  • Diabetes and weight management,
  • Paediatrics
  • Gastroenterology, renal and hepatology

See some examples of the specialist areas our dietitians cover.

We have a comprehensive preceptorship programme for our Band 5 dietitians and a CPD programme for Band 5 and 6s. Dietitians can access specialist training across the department and teams.

The department is committed to developing its research strategy including skills developments across the service.

To see if there are any current vacancies within our department please look at the Latest vacancies page and the NHS jobs page.

If you are considering a career as a dietitian, useful up to date information can be found via the following websites:

We also offer half day visitor sessions once a month to shadow members of our department, for those interested in becoming a Dietitian, to gain some further understanding and experience of our role. Due to hospital policy and high demand, we are only able to accept those who are 16 years or older and living in the East Anglia region. If you are interested in visiting our department then please take time to read through the presentation below on the role of the Dietitian before applying.

If you are still interested in attending one of our visitor sessions please complete the application form below giving as much detail as possible and return via email to Dietitian.admin@nhs.net or post to:

Visitor coordinators
Department of nutrition and dietetics 
Box 119
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Hills Road,
Cambridge
CB2 OQQ

Please note, we get a lot of applications to shadow our department therefore we do run a waiting list.

If successful in your application please also complete the declaration of confidentiality and emergency contact details and bring this with you on the day of your visit.

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