Nutritionist/ Nutritional Therapist/ Health Advisor, What Is The Difference?
Unlike a Nutritionist/ Nutritional Therapist or Health Advisor, the title ‘Dietitian’ is a legally protected. In order to call yourself a Dietitian, you must have a 3-4 year BSc Hons degree (or equivalent in Dietetics) and be registered with the HCPC. Whilst there are many good Nutritionists/ Nutritional Therapists/ Health Advisors out there, they are not protected titles, and so anyone can call themselves this with little to no training.
What Is The HCPC?
HCPC stands for The Health and Care Professions Council. This is a governing body which regulates the standards of certain healthcare professionals. Again, in order to be a Dietitian you must be registered with this organisation at all times. As a client this means that anyone on this register should be able to give you gold standard care as they are up to date with the latest evidence and have met a certain standard in order to be registered.
You can check if someone is on the register at; http://www.hcpc-uk.org
What Does This Mean For Me?
If you are seeing a Dietitian for advice, you can feel confident that you are getting expert care. By having a BSc Hons degree in Dietetics, having to study continually and being accountable for their actions you can rest assured that the information you are receiving is safe and effective.
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