Tuesday, September 17, 2019
You are here: Isle of Man > Isle of Man News
Isle of Man News
General News
Noble’s Hospital becomes a centre for Dietetics training 8 November 2011

The Department of Health is pleased to announce that the University of Ulster has approved the Noble’s Hospital Dietetic Service as a provider of practical training for Dietetic students. Registered Dieticians (RDs) are uniquely qualified to translate scientific information about food and nutrition into practical dietary advice for patients and their carers. As well as providing impartial advice about nutrition and health, dieticians are also involved in the prevention and treatment of nutrition-related problems and in the treatment of disease and illness.

Training in Dietetics consists of a four year degree course and includes the study of the science of nutrition and dietetics, the supportive sciences of chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, biology, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, pathology, food science, epidemiology and statistics, as well as social sciences, such as sociology, psychology, communication and management. To be eligible for state registration students must also undertake a minimum of 28 weeks practical training. It is this practical training that can now be undertaken at Noble’s Hospital.

Minister for Health, David Anderson MHK, said

“I am delighted that Noble’s Hospital has been accredited to provide this kind of specialist training. This attainment, one of many new on-Island training opportunities, just goes to show what the Island has to offer to students who wish to study here in the Isle of Man. The addition of this course has further enhanced the Department’s extensive range of training, which also includes professional programmes in nursing and mental health. It is a truly fantastic accomplishment, so well done to everyone who worked so hard to achieve this result."

Bev Critchlow, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies said

“We are very pleased to be approved as a provider for practical Dietetic training and I would like to congratulate the Dietetic Service for making this possible. It will mean that students who wish to practice in the Isle of Man can complete an essential part of their training here, which will greatly improve continuity both for them and their patients. This achievement also recognises the high standard of care provided by our Dietetic team.”

Sarah Surgeon, Advanced Specialist Paediatric Dietician, added

“This is a welcome development for the Dietetic Service; we are all looking forward to the rewarding challenge of supporting students to use theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to develop the practical skills necessary to work as a clinical Dietician.”

Currently the Dietetic Service for the Isle of Man is provided by six Dieticians, based at Noble’s Hospital. The Service treats a wide range of conditions, including malnutrition, diabetes, eating disorders, allergies and intolerances, and obesity. Access to a Dietician is usually via a referral from a medical practitioner and Sarah encourages anyone who feels they would benefit from the Service to discuss this with their GP.

A statement from the British Dietetic Association, the professional body for Dieticians in the UK, says: Registered Dieticians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dieticians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Dieticians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dieticians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and to individuals.

Hon. David Anderson, MHK
Bev Critchlow, Director of Nursing/Midwifery

More stories >>>  

Related News Articles
Noble’s Hospital supports Patient Safety First’s ‘Nutrition and Hydration Week’ 14 March 2013
Between 18 and 24 March 2013, to mark the second annual Nutrition and Hydration Week, Noble’s Hospital will join ‘Patient Safety First’, a UK national agency set up to promote and support interventions to improve patient care. [More]
Everybody knows somebody - Eating Disorders are more common than you think 11 February 2013
All this week, the Department of Health’s Mental Health Service will be holding a series of events to promote ‘Eating Disorders Awareness Week’. [More]
Upgrade to enhance MRI scanner at Noble’s Hospital 5 February 2013
As part of a specific rolling programme to replace or upgrade the Department of Health’s radiology equipment, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at Noble’s Hospital is to be converted to a more up to date model for the benefit of patients undergoing this examination. [More]
Noble’s Hospital’s Cancer Services awarded Macmillan Quality Environment Mark 29 January 2013
The Cancer Services Chemotherapy Suite at Noble’s has been successful in achieving the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM). [More]
Macmillan Cancer Information Centre at Noble’s Hospital seeking additional volunteers 24 January 2013
The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre, based in the foyer of Noble’s Hospital, is seeing an increasing demand for its information, advice, and support services. [More]

Other Guides by Maxima Systems Ltd: Disney World