Dietetic Support Worker

The Role(s)

Dietetic Support Workers help dietitians by carrying out patient assessments and reviewing treatment programmes to help people with their diet and nutrition.


As a Dietietic Support Worker, you will be involved in

  • updating patient records
  • advising nurses and healthcare practitioners about the patient’s nutritional requirements and progress
  • updating the dietitian about the patient’s progress and monitoring
  • weighing patients
  • ordering supplies

In NHSScotland, Dietetic Support Workers might work in a community or hospital setting.

Skills, Interests and Abilities

As a Dietietic Support Worker, you will need to have

  • an understanding of basic good nutrition and therapeutic diets
  • a good level of physical fitness
  • good listening and communication skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • a positive and enthusiastic attitude

Useful abilities include

  • being patient and understanding
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • good organisational and time management skills
  • being compassionate and sensitive
  • ability to remain calm under pressure





Entry Requirements

To apply for a job as a Dietietic Support Worker, you are likely to need a good standard of general education, including English and Mathematics.

The specific entry requirements will depend on the Agenda for Change band (2, 3 or 4) for the job. The qualifications asked for will also vary depending on the requirements of the recruiting NHSScotland board. You are advised to contact each individual board to find out its specific requirements.

Previous experience of working in health or social care is beneficial. This can be either or paid or voluntary work in a hospital or other healthcare setting. You may also require or be encouraged to work towards an SQA SVQ Level 2 or 3 Healthcare Support (Clinical). Find out more about these qualifications on the VQ Finder website.

You will also need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland.


Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7

The Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7 is a framework for people interested in working in a clinical healthcare setting.

Contact your local Board to find out if this Modern Apprenticeship is available in your area.

For more information about this Modern Apprenticeship framework, look at


Learning and Development

Induction training will be provided by the recruiting NHSScotland board when you start.

Working closely with dietitians and experienced Dietietic Support Workers, and by completing a supervised programme of training, you will  develop your skills.

You may also be encouraged to work towards further education qualifications, such as SQA HNC Food Science and Technology or the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) – Dietetics, Food Science/Environmental Health (SCQF Level 6).

With experience and further training, you could apply to become a registered dietitian.

Professional Bodies

Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards for health, psychological, and social work professionals. It maintains a public register of qualified professionals and works to improve industry standards and education. Visit the HCPC website to find out more.


British Dietetic Association (BDA)

Founded in 1936, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) represents the whole of the dietetic workforce in the UK. They are trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of our members.