This week (5-9th June) is Dietitians Week and here at Nestlé we are celebrating the faces of Dietetics, the many roles across the profession and the vital work that they do.
Dietitians Week is run by The British Dietetic Association (BDA) with the aim to highlight as many roles across the profession as possible. The Dietetic profession is a vibrant community that’s made up of a vast number of specialisms, in clinical and non-clinical roles, in the NHS and privately, in research, in industry, working as Dietitians, Dietetic support workers, Nutritionists, students and in many other sectors.
We have more than 28 Dietitians and Nutritionists at Nestlé UK and Ireland working across different Nestlé businesses. They work on making our products more nutritious supporting product innovation and renovation as well as in medical nutrition developing educational content for healthcare professionals and generating clinical evidence.
Some of our colleagues at Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Nutrition work closely with the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare professionals to help support patients at every stage of life; from infants, childhood to later years and every day in between. Their work covers anything from working closely with Dietitians, Doctors and other Healthcare Professionals in hospital or community settings, to creating educational tools and services, initiating clinical trials and providing insights for new innovations, including medical nutrition and supplements.
Charlotte Duncalf, Medical and Scientific Affairs Dietitian at Nestlé Health Science, said:
"My role involves creating patient support literature and ensuring all Nestlé Health Science marketing materials are scientific and factual. The highlight of my role is when we receive feedback that appropriate management with our products can really help transform quality of life for patients."
Ellie Grove, Scientific Development Manager at Nestlé Nutrition, said:
"What I love about my role is that it is so varied, one day I could be developing educational content for healthcare professionals, looking at the latest science for recipe development and innovation and supporting the SMA care line answering queries from parents. As a team we work together to do the best for babies, young children and their families."
We also have Dietitians and Nutritionists who work on our food and drinks for retail and restaurants. They work hard to reformulate and improve our products to offer more nutritious choices for our consumers as well as create healthy eating initiatives.
Beth Hooper, Nutrition Manager for Nestlé UK and Ireland, said:
“My role is really varied working with lots of different teams. We work with the development teams to influence the nutritional profile of our products; the marketing and regulatory teams to review product communications; the culinary teams to develop recipes and the sales teams. We need to keep up to date with evolving science, trends, policies and regulation, engaging with different stakeholders and bring that information back to our colleagues via nutrition updates and training.”
Learn more about our dietitian's work from Sharan, a qualified Dietitian, who talks about her work in Nestlé Health Science and her area of expertise, tube feeding.