Rehab and Reablement

Dietitians Week 2018

Dietitians Week takes place from 4–8 June 2018, and the theme this year is ‘Dietitians do Prevention’

The aim of the week is to highlight the fantastic work that all dietitians do to prevent illness or optimise health, be that in primary care or acute settings, industry or education.

The focus of 5 June is Rehab and Reablement.

The role of a rehabilitation dietitian

When people think of rehabilitation, they often picture physiotherapists, occupational therapists, or speech and language therapists.

But dietitians also have a role to play in helping people recover from illness, or have the best quality of life while living with a condition.

As a specialist rehabilitation dietitian at Mount Gould Hospital in Plymouth, Yvonne Mitchell works with patients who require general rehab – such as those recovering from surgery – as well as mental health patients, and those needing neuro (brain) rehab or stroke rehab.

"The role of the dietitian is hugely important for patients going through intensive treatments and to their recovery"

University of Plymouth alumna Claire Davis graduated in BSc (Hons) Dietetics in 2013. Having gained experience in a variety of roles at hospitals in the South West and London, she is now a Band 7 Specialist Head and Neck Dietitian for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, based at Derriford Hospital.

NHS70 at the University of Plymouth

To mark 70 years of the NHS, we are celebrating the everyday heroes – our staff, students and alumni – who work, study and research in health and medicine professions.

We're a proud partner in the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, and have long had strong links with Derriford Hospital, at teaching, consultant and patient level. We're looking to the future of health and medicine by reflecting on, and celebrating, the medical and technological advancements and the real-world experiences of those at the forefront of patient care. 

Celebrate NHS70 with us, and join the conversation online with #NHS70.