Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics - careers

Our programme will enhance your career prospects and train you to become a well-informed, evidence-based practitioner. You’ll be aware of the bigger picture, able to challenge the status quo and lead developments in your setting or beyond. 

As an advanced practitioner you can choose to work in private practice, the commercial sector or for the NHS. You’ll be able to apply for Band 7 and Band 8 roles, working autonomously as an advanced practitioner in a community setting or in acute hospital care. You’ll be competent in complex decision making and contribute to service development through innovation, leadership and research. Your health promotion skills and understanding of the role of diet and nutrition in shaping the health of populations will be enhanced.

You’ll be able to work as a specialist caring for patients presenting with a range of conditions including urgent and acute episodes, and long-term chronic conditions. Your work will involve both individualised care and care co-ordination in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Your work may also contribute to keeping people out of hospitals or referring patients to other health professionals as appropriate.

Your advanced skills in professional practice will give you the ability and confidence to move your career pathway to a new level.

A survey of our graduates revealed that their practice was enhanced by increased confidence, the ability to articulate a coherent argument and being better able to fulfil clients’ needs by being guided by research evidence.  

Careers services

You may be similar to most students on this programme and be in on-going employment in health, social care or business settings. Therefore you’ll have access to careers support and guidance through your individual employers, NHS career websites or Royal Colleges. However, as students you’ll also have access to the additional facilities and resources offered by the Plymouth University Careers Service, including:

  • careers information
  • advice and guidance, which is impartial ad confidential
  • help with applying for jobs, including application and interview preparation
  • job vacancies
  • psychometric testing.

Further information can be obtained from www.plymouth.ac.uk/careers.

If you are considering taking your studies further, you can consult the Doctoral College regarding MPhil or PhD studies, or discuss your plans with your Pathway Lead or the Programme Manager, or an academic in your field of study.