A Day in the life of ……….
A Community Paediatric Dietitian
Hello, my name is Sophie. I’m a Community Paediatric Dietitian for Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust. I have been working as a dietitian for two years now. I moved into the speciality of paediatrics 1 year ago. Each day starts at 8:30, however, what I do day to day changes so I thought I would give you an idea of my role.
I see a variety of different cases. Patients will be referred in from the GP, Health Visitor or Consultant. The majority of my case load is babies who have been diagnosed with cows’ milk protein allergy (CMPA). Other cases include; multiple allergies, faltering growth, restrictive diets, constipation and weight management.
The majority of the time I will see families in an out-patient clinic. These can be very busy but it’s a great feeling at the end of the appointment to know that you have helped. I also do school or home visits and I have been working on different ways to review patients which fit around busy family lifestyles, for example, setting up telephone clinics.
I thoroughly enjoy holding group education sessions, for example, CMPA group sessions which I run alongside a Health Visitor. These allow parents to discuss their experiences and give us time to go over allergy management, alternative dairy products and a tasting session (which is a hit or miss, vegan cheese is not always well accepted!).
I also organise training sessions for other AHP’s on a topic of their choice. This year I have presented on portion sizes and healthy eating, fussy eating and feeding development with a Speech and Language Therapist. The next one will take place in November and will go through CMPA management.
When I’m not busy in clinic I am based at West Cumberland Hospital where I can get on with the administration side; responding to e-mails, updating protocols, developing resources and writing up any clinic notes/letters.
My day will finish at 4:30, in the evening I will catch up with my housemate, cook dinner and do some exercise. In the summer this would be getting out on the bike but now it’s getting darker I will go to the gym 2-3 times a week after work.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this and happy AHP day!