About the team
Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet-related and nutritional problems. Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition, aiming to improve health and treat conditions by educating and giving practical advice. Dietitians work with a variety of people in a variety of settings, using the most up-to-date, evidence-based information on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust have an established team of registered dietitians, nutritionists and associate practitioners / dietetic assistants working in a number of clinical areas throughout Teesside, Darlington, County Durham, North Yorkshire and York.
We are the largest and most established dietetic team in mental health and learning disabilities in the UK and we have excellent links with the Mental Health Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association. Our Team covers a wide range of clinical specialities including adult eating disorders, adult mental health, children and young people, secure in-patient services, mental health services for older people and adult learning disabilities. Opportunities extend to participation service development, audit, research, clinical pathways progression, menu planning, and staff and student training. We are committed to providing first class professional development and pride ourselves on our robust supervision framework, wellbeing initiatives, staff support and being an incredibly welcoming and supportive team. Providing high quality, evidence based care to our service users and families is at the heart of what we do, with co-creation being central to this. If you have the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to be part of our team please get in touch; we would love to hear from you.
Professional Head of Dietetic Services
TEWV’s Dietetic Team promote nutrition & wellbeing, treat disease, prevent nutritional related problems and support recovery in collaboration with people with mental illness or learning disabilities, their families, carers and staff.Dietitian Roles Nutritionist Roles
Thinking about a career in Dietetics?
Parissa and Annabel will give you the advice and guidance you need to turn those thoughts into reality.
We teamed up with Nualtra and The Dietitian Cafe to express the benefits that a Registered Associate Nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian can bring to a secure in-patient setting.
Sophie Farrer and Dale Crookes work within our Secure Inpatients Services at Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough. Have a listen to find out more about their roles.
What do Mental Health / Learning Disabilities Dietitians do?
- The only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
- Use expert knowledge and skills to translate evidence into practice and deliver patient-centred and practical dietetic interventions.
- Utilise behaviour change techniques, mindfulness, motivational interviewing and experience to provide nutritional interventions; supporting people to engage in regular and healthy eating patterns to optimise physical and mental health.
- Work as integral members of multi-disciplinary teams and support staff by providing nutritional education, training, and developing resources and competency frameworks.
- Carry out specialist dietetic assessment / interpretation and write specialist dietetic reports.
- Contribute to patient safety summaries / safety plans, care planning and intervention planning.
- Use advanced anthropometry skills.
- Work holistically; identifying and treating physical, social and psychological barriers to inadequate nutrition.
- Interpret biochemistry results and physiological observations.
- Manage complex nutritional issues and statuses.
- Coordinate refeeding regimes for patients who are identified as at risk of Refeeding Syndrome.
- Coordinate enteral (tube) feeding regimes.
- Recommend / prescribe oral nutritional supplements.
- Undertake research work, project work and audit.
- Provide clinical leadership / supervision in their specialist area.
- Contribute to the development of national guidance.
- Contribute to the development local policy, protocols, audits and pathways.
- Contribute to physical healthcare initiatives.
- Work closely with Hotel Services regarding menu design, catering policies / pathway development to support high quality food provision for patients.
What do our team say about working for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust?
Although I am often working in isolation, I never feel isolated. I feel very lucky to have a team of friendly and approachable expert Dietitians and Practitioners who will always make time to offer me some ad-hoc clinical supervision or advice. The team encourage professional development and I have already been offered funding for training courses to develop my skills. I’ve also been really impressed by the emphasis on staff wellbeing and taking time out. Charlotte
I recently re-joined the Country Durham and Darlington Team, to which they have been very supportive and welcoming. Their hard work continues to impress me, working as a team and growing in numbers which means that we are constantly problem-solving ways to manage the difficulties that the pandemic has challenged us with. I really love working with the EDT team and getting to know the CAMHS clinicians too. I have full equipment needs met, enabling me to work from home safely and to maintain a high quality of service delivery, despite the current climate. Parissa (Specialist Dietitian)