My name is Leanne and I'm a Paediatric Dietitian and I work for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The main skills I feel I bring to my job are communication and counselling skills. The main reason being, a lot of the patients and families that we see can often find it difficult to accept or make changes to their diet.
So, the main reason I became interested in the profession of dietetics started off when I had a friend at school who had a condition that required her to make changes to her diet. At the same time at school, I was learning about nutrition that stemmed my interest in nutrition and I later applied for a nutrition and dietetics course at university.
My job is very varied. It can consist of ward work, where I see children on the ward. It can also consist of outpatient clinics, which can include a clinic on my own or with other health professionals. And it can also consist of group work, in which I do educational sessions with families, parents and other health professionals.
My job is extremely rewarding. I would say the most rewarding part is when you see a child's growth and condition improve due to the changes I've helped them to make.